Statement by UAW President Rory L. Gamble on the Visit of President Joe Biden to Launch the Ford F-150 Lightning

On behalf of the UAW family, I am proud to welcome President Joe Biden to the launch of the “F-150 Lightning” in Dearborn, Michigan. UAW members are proud to be on the frontlines in making cars of the future that deliver on the twin goals of reducing emissions in transportation and supporting high quality union jobs that sustain families and communities. We are honored that the President has chosen to join us in Dearborn on this historic occasion.

It is no secret that the U.S. auto industry is at a crossroads, as sales of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are poised to become more and more common on our roads and highways in the years ahead both at home and abroad. What we do today will shape our economy, the auto industry, and our communities for decades to come. President Biden recognizes the importance of this moment and his American Jobs Plan proposed to make the bold investments in manufacturing, consumer incentives, and infrastructure needed to ensure vehicles of the future are made in our country. Without these investments, we will continue to fall behind China and Europe in the race to build the vehicles of the future. Investments alone are not enough. As the Biden Administration and Congress advance the American Jobs Plan, I urge President Biden to make certain that investments to bolster electric vehicle production and sales incorporate strong labor standards and ensure that the vehicles of the future support good union jobs. Taxpayer dollars should be spent in support of U.S. built vehicles, not imports. And public money must support good union jobs that provide good wages and benefits, secure employment and the unfettered ability for workers to form a union.

I urge President Biden and Congress to seize this opportunity for the sake of working people and our country’s future.