US Politics

Marion McKeone: Biden deftly ducks as auto unions test their clout

Worried about blue-collar tilt to right, president backs UAW which is angling for slice of pie as Big Three record bumper profits

United Auto Workers members walk in the Labor Day parade in Detroit recently. Picture: Paul Sancya/AP

The United Auto Workers (UAW) strike is the latest headache for US president Joe Biden as he faces a winter of discontent, with a looming impeachment trial, his son’s indictment on three firearms charges and what is looking like an inevitable government shutdown by next weekend.

It’s the first time the UAW has staged a coordinated walk out against the Big Three in ‘targeted’ strikes as specific groups of workers seek a 36 per cent ...