Could an auto worker union endorsement steer Michigan toward Trump in November? 

March 1 – By tomorrow, we will likely know the Republican primary results in Michigan. 

Some people are wondering if the auto industry could sway some things. 

The United Auto Workers (UAW) have acknowledged the disconnect between leadership and rank and file members recently. 

The group supported President Joe Biden the last go around. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Look at what they did to your jobs. Look at what they’re doing with EVs. It looks like the upper crust gets theirs and then the actual workers get handed a whole pile of crap.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Trump very well could get some union endorsements. Going back to 2016 and 2020, he had some union support, now not formal endorsements, but the unions loved his trade policies. They like the America first trade policies. As we’ve been talking about this year, Trump has been heavily courting the teamsters. They’ve not made an endorsement yet. The UAW is indicating they might show support for Trump and Trump’s actually been very friendly to the unions. His policies are not the traditional Republican orthodoxy that would go against some of the union goals. So these would be huge endorsements and especially in a state like Michigan. That’s a swing state. Trump is showing ahead right now in the polls there. If he would get a UAW or even a teamsters endorsement that could make the difference in some of these key battleground states.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “Too often the unions seem to be so disconnected from their members, but let’s face it, they’re just kind of the oldest profession in terms of they just will do whatever they think is the best to get the most money, the easiest working conditions and that’s not always good for their workers. They never seem to look at that. I think that’s what you heard yesterday. Keep us out of your mouths. It was the union though of the Border Patrol that we like that ridiculous deal, that they knew wasn’t going to get passed. I just have to wonder what was the point of that? Was there some kind of political calculation in having the union, even though we don’t support Biden in all of this, we are going to push for this idiotic deal that really got Democrats what they wanted as far as the border was concerned? I don’t see unions as having ethics a lot of the time. It’s really bizarre.”

Barkdoll added, “The unions have become so much more diverse from a worker standpoint, the teamsters is a good example. I mean, historically, they were the truck drivers. We know that they have the UPS workers. That’s a big segment of their union. But a lot of people forget about the fact they’ve now organized a lot of white collar professions. I mean, even here locally, they represent many court officials in different counties, different professional type jobs settings. So those are the constituencies, of course, when they have to vote to do an endorsement, all of those come into the mix. There’s where I think Trump, he smartly is thinking if I could get one of those endorsements, we know that the margin of difference in some of these swing states was 30,000, 20,000 votes. Could that kind of an endorsement put somebody over the top?”