Donald Trump directed his criticism at electric automobiles and expressed concern that the United Auto Workers may face significant negative consequences following unsuccessful negotiations to halt strikes at the major automobile manufacturers known as the Big Three.
The negotiators from the United Automobile Workers (UAW) have engaged in extensive discussions over the course of several months with the three key automotive companies, namely Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Stellantis, with the aim of formulating new employment agreements. The demands put out by the union encompassed enhancements in salary, an extension of paid leave, and improvements in benefits. This marks a significant historical occurrence since the United Automobile Workers (UAW) union is currently engaged in simultaneous strikes against all three major American automakers, namely the Big Three.
The negotiations surrounding new contracts are characterized by a controversial matter pertaining to the adjustment of pay rates and working hours in light of the imminent transition of the industry to electric vehicles (EVs). This shift is expected to result in a reduced demand for labor, as EVs necessitate a smaller workforce for their production compared to conventional fuel-based vehicles.
Nevertheless, due to the inability to reach a consensus, UAW President Shawn Fain announced that the union’s members were prepared to initiate measures by refraining from renewing their contracts, which officially lapsed at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.
In his discourse on Truth Social, the former president expressed “The all Electric Car is a disaster for both the United Auto Workers and the American Consumer. They will all be built in China and, they are too expensive, don’t go far enough, take too long to charge, and pose various dangers under certain atmospheric conditions. If this happens, the United Auto workers will be wiped out, along with all other auto workers in the United States. The all Electric Car policy is about as dumb as Open Borders and No Voter I.D. IT IS A COMPLETE AND TOTAL DISASTER!”
In a recent statement, former President Donald Trump criticized President Joe Biden’s endorsement of electric vehicles (EVs), referring to it as “idiotic policy.” According to Trump’s prediction, the automotive industry would be completely wiped out unless Fain were to reject electric vehicles (EVs).
In a Truth Social post on September 4, Trump expressed concerns regarding the potential implications of embracing all-electric cars. Specifically, he stressed “Shawn Fain, the respected President of the United Auto Workers, cannot even think about allowing ALL ELECTRIC CARS – THEY WILL ALL BE MADE IN CHINA, and the Auto Industry in America will cease to exist! There is already a giant ‘E GLUT,’ they don’t go far or long, are very expensive, and the consumer must be given a CHOICE.”
The ex-president additionally implored everyone to cast their votes in favor of his candidacy for the 2024 election, asserting that he would “stop this madness.”
Furthermore, he made claims suggesting that Mexico and Canada are loving “Biden’s idiotic policy.”
President Trump is presently endeavoring to secure the support of voters in Michigan, a state of significant importance in the upcoming 2024 presidential election. In a recent development, the campaign also issued a formal statement asserting that, upon assuming office, Trump would actively pursue the “complete and total repeal of Biden’s catastrophic EV mandate.”
The Biden administration has set a target for electric vehicles to constitute 50 percent of all new car sales by the year 2030. The Department for Energy has disclosed a substantial funding package of $15.5 billion aimed at “retooling existing factories for the transition to electric vehicles.”
According to Jennifer M. Granholm, the Secretary of Energy “President Biden understands that building the cars of the future also necessitates helping the communities challenged by the transition away from the internal combustion engine.”
The UAW expressed dissatisfaction at the announcement. The negotiations pertaining to the job security measures put up by the union witnessed a lack of consensus between manufacturers and union members.
During a Facebook Live event held on Thursday shortly before the commencement of the strikes, Fain asserted that Ford is “investing billions of dollars in companies that are not Ford and in a workforce that is not the UAW. And they are receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer funding to support this race to the bottom.”
“If Ford wants ‘Built in America’ to mean something, then it has to mean something,” he added. Our union isn’t going to stand by while we replace oil barons with battery barons who are more than happy to take billions in taxpayer handouts while offering workers dangerous jobs at poverty wages. Ford has a chance to lead here, but sadly they are choosing the low-road approach. Our union has been clear, we will fight for a just transition.”
UAW members are now engaged in strikes at the General Motors assembly plant located in Wentzville, Missouri, the Ford factory situated in Wayne, Michigan, in close proximity to Detroit, and the Stellantis Jeep facility situated in Toledo, Ohio.
According to a statement made by Ford spokesperson Jessica Enoch to Newsweek on Thursday, the business has developed “contingency plans” in the event that work is disrupted as a result of strikes.