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Former VP, Presidential Candidate Joe Biden visits UAW crowd in KCK

Posted at 4:37 PM, Sep 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-22 18:36:16-04

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  — Standing on the bed of a truck, former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke to a large crowd full of United Auto Worker members outside the General Motors Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas.

The union members have been on strike for almost a week, citing a need for higher pay and better profit sharing.

"The thing you’re doing here, you’re making a hell of a sacrifice, you’re making a sacrifice going on strike because these guys now, they’re doing well,” Biden said to the crowd.

As he gave his remarks, Biden slammed GM, as he was part of the administration that helped the auto maker out when they were suffering.

"I knew the reason why General Motors was in trouble wasn’t because of the UAW, it was because of bad management decisions they made,” Biden said.

While the union has seen its share of political visits, Biden's was by far is the most popular, as the UAW members took selfies with the candidate.

"It’s important, it’s tremendous,” Clarence Brown, President of the UAW Local 31 said.

As the strike nears a week, there’s no signs of slowing down.

"Right now, we’re moving forward ahead of steam,” Brown added.

Until there’s an agreement, the UAW members will be out at the entrances of the GM plant working six hour shifts for 24 hours a day.