According to The Detroit News, UAW member and Lake Orion worker Gerald Lang will speak at the Democratic National Convention and show the union’s support for presidential nominee Joe Biden.
“Gerald is a proud United Auto Worker (UAW) and team leader at a General Motors assembly plant in Lake Orion, Michigan,” the UAW said in a statement. “Increasingly, Gerald and his team are building clean, electric vehicles, including the Chevy Electric Bolt. The auto industry has been through a lot in recent years, and Gerald wants a president who will fight for workers like him, so that American workers build American cars in America. That’s why Gerald supports those who support America’s workers, like Joe Biden.”
Biden previously pledged to help create over one million new automotive manufacturing, supply chain and infrastructure jobs in the United States if elected. His campaign also recently took aim at the Trump Administration’s efforts to boost the U.S. automotive manufacturing sector, with Biden’s Michigan state director, Eric Hyers, saying the nominee will put the state’s auto workers first.
“Michiganders are fed up with Donald Trump’s failed policies that have put the wealthy and well-connected first and Michigan’s workers last, and they’re ready for a president who tells them the truth, has their backs and knows what it will take to build our economy back better than it was before and create good-paying manufacturing jobs,” Hyers said. “That’s Joe Biden — and that’s a message we’re going to take directly to voters across Michigan.”
Chris Gustafson, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign in Michigan, has previously dragged the Biden camp over the former vice president’s policies and how they can affect the auto industry.
“President Trump continues to fight for Michiganders with new trade deals like the USMCA and replace Joe Biden’s disastrous NAFTA that destroyed over 43,000 Michigan jobs,” Gustafson said.
Other speakers planned for the Democratic National Convention include a farmer from Pennsylvania, a doctor from Nevada and a public transit bus driver from Atlanta. The convention is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 17th and will end on Wednesday, August 20th.