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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

New UAW Endorses Biden, Just Like the Old UAW

Jan 29, 2024

The UAW top leadership has now endorsed Joe Biden running for president.

For decades, the UAW and most union leaders have aligned themselves with the Democratic party and automatically supported Democratic party candidates. For the 2024 election, most unions had already endorsed Biden months ago. But Shawn Fain, the new UAW president, had held back. Fain said that Biden would have to “earn” the union’s support.

So, what did Biden do to “earn” this endorsement? Well, let’s see. Biden did do a photo op on a picket line during the UAW strike against the auto companies. Maybe Biden hoped to make people forget that last year he stood against the railroad workers and had stopped their strike. Apparently, the UAW leadership did forget, or didn’t care.

Listening to Fain and the UAW leadership, the main reason they supported Joe Biden is that he is better than Donald Trump. But’s that’s not much of an endorsement! Trump and the Republican party have certainly proved themselves to be on the side of the corporate elite and against the working class. But what have the Democrats done that is really much different?

By their own actions, both the Republican and the Democratic parties have shown themselves to be on the side of the capitalist class. Supporting either of those parties is not in the interests of the working class. The working class needs its own party and can build its own party.