President Joe Biden is expected to join autoworkers on the picket line in Detroit on Tuesday, an extraordinary move for a sitting president.
The strike, which began earlier this month, has ramped up pressure on General Motors, Ford and Stellantis, the country's three largest auto companies.
Biden's visit follows an invitation from United Auto Workers leader Shawn Fain.
"I think the UAW gave up an incredible amount back when the automobile industry was going under. They gave up everything from their pensions on, and they saved the automobile industry," Biden said on Monday.
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"Now that the industry is roaring back, they should participate in the benefit of that," he said. "I always support the UAW."
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden will be joining the picket line to "stand in solidarity" with UAW workers.
But the White House insisted Biden isn't involved in the contract negotiations.
"We believe this can be a win-win agreement for all, but we're not going to litigate the specifics of the negotiation," she said. "We never get into the specifics of negotiations ... that is something for the parties to decide on."
When the workers began their strike on Sept. 15, Biden said he would send Labor Secretary Julie Su and economic adviser Gene Sperling to Detroit. Less than a week later, the White House said the pair was staying in Washington to allow talks to move forward.
Trump will also visit Detroit
Biden isn't the only one visiting with autoworkers. His trip to Michigan comes the day before former President Donald Trump, who is also the top Republican candidate in the 2024 primary, visits the Motor City.
Trump will be skipping the second GOP primary debate on Wednesday and plans to give an address from Michigan instead.
While Biden won the UAW's endorsement in 2020, and while union workers have in the past leaned blue, the union has yet to make an endorsement in the 2024 race.
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