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United Auto Workers union endorses Biden

United Auto Workers union endorses Biden
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The United Auto Workers union (UAW) endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential bid on Tuesday, citing his commitment to putting a check on corporate power. 

The union said in a statement to The Associated Press that the U.S. was in need of stability “and more balance to the rights and protections of working Americans.”

“This issue demonstrates the need for presidential leadership to follow the guidance of science and give workers a seat in discussions over their safety and well-being,” the statement said. 

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Tuesday's endorsement comes after the group threw its support behind Biden's plan to reopen the U.S economy on Monday. 

“Former Vice President BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE’s plan relies on experts and science-based factors, acknowledges the need for adequate testing and oversight of safety in reopening workplaces, and is devoid of partisan acrimony," UAW President Rory Gamble said in a statement. 

The union, which represents workers at Ford, General Motors and Chrysler Fiat, was not included in President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE's task force to reopen the economy. However, leaders from the companies were included on the economy task force. 

General Motors was also recently contracted by President Trump under the Defense Production Act to make ventilators. 

About 400,000 workers make up the union, which has a history of backing Democrats, including former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHere's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Clinton praises Dolly Parton's cold shoulder top from vaccination: 'Shall we make this a trend?' Trump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC MORE in 2016, for president. 

However, The Associated Press reports that internal polls of the companies show that 30 percent of its members voted Republican in the past three general elections. 

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The Trump campaign responded to the endorsement on Tuesday, slamming Biden's record on trade. 

“Joe Biden may have the support of union leaders but the workers know that it was under President Trump’s leadership that jobs increased and wages grew," communications director Tim Murtaugh said.

"Workers will be reminded that Biden voted for NAFTA and shipped hundreds of thousands of jobs overseas. And they know President Trump always puts America first, that his policies built the greatest economy in history before it was artificially interrupted, and that he is the only one who can restore us to that position again.”

Updated: 8:14 p.m.