‘Got what it voted for’: Biden-endorsing union furious, warns workers Ford plans to move new production to Mexico

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America’s labor unions keep learning the hard way that a vote for a Democrat politician is often a vote for job-killing policies.

Flashback to April 2019, when the 400,000-strong United Auto Workers union proudly endorsed then-Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.

“In these dangerous and difficult times, the country needs a president who will demonstrate clear, stable leadership, less partisan acrimony and more balance to the rights and protections of working Americans,” UAW president Rory Gamble said in a statement at the time.

“We need folks with a steady hand, empathy and intelligence to be able to do that job. This current health care and economic crisis that has been caused by Covid-19 has shifted us into a new way of living. We need strong leadership that guides us, not confuses us,” UAW vice president Gerald Kariem added in a statement of his own a couple months later.

Note that UAW has three vice presidents, including Cindy Estrada and Terry Dittes. Last September, Dittes claimed Biden was “very grounded in the struggles that UAW members and their families are facing today.”

But with Biden now in office, it appears that Gamble, Kariem, Dittes, Estrada and the workers they represent are having to pay a steep price for their endorsement.

UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem in a letter to members Friday said [Ford] told the union it was relocating manufacturing of a next-generation vehicle to Mexico without a clear explanation,” The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Mr. Kariem said in making this move, Ford is failing to live up to a commitment it made to the factory during the last round of contract talks. A copy of the letter was provided to The Wall Street Journal Wednesday,” the outlet reported.

Manufacturing of the vehicle had originally been slated to occur at an Ohio Ford plant. But in a letter to employees, the plant’s manager reportedly said “conditions have changed since the last UAW contract was negotiated,” according to the Journal.

While he didn’t specify the conditions, one obvious change is the switch in presidents. In fact, the announcement from Ford came only days after reports emerged that Biden is planning to spike taxes to pay off his exorbitant spending.

“While it’s been increasingly clear that tax hikes will be a component — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said at least part of the next bill will have to be paid for, and pointed to higher rates — key advisers are now making preparations for a package of measures that could include an increase in both the corporate tax rate and the individual rate for high earners,” Bloomberg confirmed Monday.

The planned hikes include spiking the corporate tax rate from 21 percent 28 percent, spiking taxes on those earning more than $400,000 per year, expanding the estate tax, increasing capital gains tax for high earners and reducing tax preferences for pass-through businesses.

The corporate tax hike, in particular, would be costly to corporations like Ford.

“Raising the federal corporate tax rate to 28 percent would make the average state-federal tax burden for American businesses 32.34 percent—the highest rate in the developed world,” Reason magazine notes.

This, in turn, would engender catastrophic consequences for everyday Americans.

“The corporate tax hike alone would reduce long-term economic growth by about 0.8 percent, kill 159,000 jobs, and reduce wages, according to a separate analysis by the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank,” as reported by Reason.

As for UAW, the Biden-endorsing union is now awfully upset that Ford is choosing to look out for its best interests by relocating some of its factories as Biden clamps down on American businesses.

We 100% reject the company’s decision to put corporate greed and more potential profits over American jobs and the future of our members. We expect the company to honor its contractual commitments to this membership and when it fails to do so we will take action,” Kariem reportedly wrote in the letter mentioned by the Journal.

“‘We are intensely exploring our options at this time,” he reportedly added.

It seems though that it’s too late for that …

It’s perhaps for this reason that some in the public are noticeably unsympathetic toward the union and its workers (*Language warning):

UAW isn’t the first union to be dealt a devastating blow in Biden’s America.

After Biden revoked the construction permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in late January, multiple unions that had endorsed him last year cried foul.

“In revoking this permit, the Biden Administration has chosen to listen to the voices of fringe activists instead of union members and the American consumer on Day 1,” one of the unions complained in a statement.

“Sadly, the Biden Administration has now put thousands of union workers out of work. For the average American family, it means energy costs will go up and communities will no longer see the local investments that come with pipeline construction.”

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Vivek Saxena

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