The UAW strike across the Big Three is luring the White House’s involvement.
“A team that President Joe Biden dispatched to help resolve the strike between the U.S.’ largest autoworkers union and the Big Three auto companies plans to be in Detroit to support talks ‘early in the week,’ an administration official said Sunday.
Biden named White House adviser Gene Sperling and acting Labor Secretary Julie Su last week to go to Detroit to help reach a deal to end the walkout by the United Auto Workers union, which began early Friday. Sperling has been the point person on key issues connected to the union and the companies, and he has been coordinating with Su.
‘Both Sperling and acting Secretary Su are engaging with the parties by phone, as they have for weeks, with the intention of being there early in the week,’ the official said, adding that the administration was ‘pleased that the parties are continuing to meet as they had been before the contract expired.’
Su and Sperling’s goal was not to serve as mediators or intervene but to ‘help support the negotiations in any way the parties feel is constructive,’ the official said.
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