Biden cel­e­brates ‘his­toric’ UAW-Ford labor agree­ment

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden tout­ed the ten­ta­tive agree­ment reached between Ford Motor Com­pa­ny and the Unit­ed Auto Work­ers Wednes­day as a “tes­ta­ment” to the pow­er of col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing.
Biden joined UAW work­ers on the pick­et line in Detroit in Sep­tem­ber, the first time a sit­ting U.S. pres­i­dent had pick­et­ed with union mem­bers.
“I applaud the UAW and Ford for com­ing togeth­er after a hard fought, good faith nego­ti­a­tion and reach­ing a his­toric ten­ta­tive agree­ment tonight,” Biden wrote in a state­ment. “This ten­ta­tive agree­ment pro­vides a record raise to auto work­ers who have sac­ri­ficed so much to ensure our icon­ic Big Three com­pa­nies can still lead the world in qual­i­ty and inno­va­tion.”
The pres­i­dent claimed that the new deal, which includes a 25% increase to base wages through April 2028, was “crit­i­cal to build­ing an econ­o­my from the mid­dle out and bot­tom up,” the core thrust of his “Bide­nomics” p …