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UAW endorses Biden without member support 

On Wednesday, United Auto Worker (UAW) president Shawn Fain explained that he expected most UAW members would not vote for President Biden in November.  

During an interview on Fox Business Network’s Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fain shared, “Let me be clear about this. A great majority of our members will not vote for President Biden. Yes, some will, but that’s the reality of this. The majority of our members are gonna vote for their paychecks, they’re gonna vote for an economy that works for them.” 

Yet, the union announced its endorsement of Joe Biden for president earlier that day.  

Fain explained the endorsement, saying, “Nowhere in history has Donald Trump ever stood for the American worker. He stands against everything we pretty much stand for.” 
He also said the union’s board voted unanimously to endorse Biden. 
UAW’s general membership does not vote on the union’s political endorsements, even though membership dues are used to support political PACs and candidates. 
“This is a clear example of union leadership purposefully going against the wishes of rank-and-file members,” said Brigette Herbst, senior organizing director at Americans for Fair Treatment. “It’s clear that leadership is totally disconnected from the real issues facing workers, and we cannot rely on them to accurately speak to their members’ wishes.” 
Internal UAW polling found an event split between members who support the Republican Party and those that support Democrats at 30 percent each. Forty percent of members report swinging between the two parties. 

Isabel Blank

Isabel Blank is Communications Director at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment in 2021, Isabel worked in media relations at Travelers Insurance and held government affairs and communications roles with Yankee Institute. She has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish, both from the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!). Isabel loves Crossfit and supporting her local Connecticut breweries.