Five United Auto Workers were struck by a car while protesting in a picket line in Michigan on Tuesday, according to police.
The driver, who was in a dark Chevrolet HHR, was attempting to exit the General Motors facility on Bristol Road in Genesee County, but was blocked by the protestors, the Metro Police Authority of Genesee County said in a statement. The driver then barrelled through the picketers, striking five, before they fled the scene.
The victims sustained minor injuries, with one being taken to a local hospital. Police issued a warrant late Thursday for the driver, who they identify as a 19-year-old man from Flint, who has been working as a third-party employee at the plant and is not an employee of General Motors.
The United Auto Workers launched a historic strike earlier this month, targeting all three of Detroit's big automakers at once; Ford Motor Co., General Motors, and Stellantis. The union is asking for a wage increase of 40 percent over the next four to five years in compensation for years of stagnant wages and record company profits, as well as health and retirement benefits.
Biden joins picket line
President Joe Biden joined UAW workers at General Motor's Willow Run Redistribution Center in Wayne, Michigan on Tuesday, becoming the first sitting president to join a picket line. He told the striking members that they deserved a "significant raise."
Addressing the crowd with a bullhorn, Biden said the workers “saved the automobile industry back in 2008 and before” and have made a lot of sacrifices, particularly in times when the “companies were in trouble."
"And now they’re doing incredibly well, and guess what, you should be doing incredibly well, too," he said, adding, "You deserve what you've earned and you've earned a hell of a lot more than you get paid now."
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