Trump Says UAW Members Should Make Less Money

Last year, as part of the endorsement process, the UAW asked Donald Trump, and all presidential candidates, to respond to our questionnaire to give them the opportunity to seek our support. We didn’t hear back from Donald Trump.

In fact, he told the Detroit News that UAW jobs should be sent to states that are hostile to unions and have low-wage jobs, all to force UAW members to compete with lower, Mexican wages.

“Donald Trump said in Detroit during the Michigan primary election that he would close Ford plants in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kansas, and then tell workers if they want their jobs back to come back for less money,” said President Williams. That’s not a presidential candidate that is good for American workers.

The decision to endorse a presidential candidate involved all UAW regions which gathered input from members and listened to their thoughts about the presidential race. The UAW’s International Executive Board then voted unanimously to endorse Secretary Clinton, who supports the needs of workers. We don’t want to endorse a candidate, Donald Trump, who says UAW members should make less money.

“It’s time to unite behind a strong candidate. Hillary Clinton has proven she’s a leader. She has been scrutinized, she has been criticized, and she is a tough individual,” said Williams.

As the presidential primary race continues, the process has reached a pivotal stage. Hillary Clinton is poised to win the Democratic nomination, and the UAW is focused on which candidate will best represent the needs of America’s workers.

As union members, we know the president we elect in November will have influence over the future of UAW members for years to come. That’s why it’s critical now to endorse the candidate who will best support the needs of America’s working families as we face the upcoming general election.

The candidate who will best support us is Secretary Clinton. Her challenger, Senator Sanders, is a friend of the UAW and all working families, and he has helped focus the election on issues of importance to the UAW. But it’s time to get behind one candidate – Secretary Clinton.