Transcribed: On the “Face the Nation” program in January, Shawn Fain, who is president of the UAW, shared his perspectives

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Transcript of Interview with UAW President Shawn Fain on “Face the Nation” (January 28, 2024)

MARGARET BRENNAN: Hello and welcome to “Face the Nation”. I’m Margaret Brennan. Today we are joined by Shawn Fain, president of the United Auto Workers union, to discuss the union’s recent endorsement of President Biden’s reelection campaign. Mr. Fain, thank you for joining us.

SHAWN FAIN: Thank you for having me.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Let’s start with the endorsement. The UAW represents about 400,000 members and last week officially endorsed President Biden’s reelection. Can you tell us more about the decision-making process behind this endorsement?

SHAWN FAIN: Absolutely. Our endorsements are always earned, and we made it clear from the beginning of my presidency that we would only endorse a candidate who has a proven track record of standing with and fighting for the American worker. President Biden has consistently shown his support for the working class, and we believe he is the best candidate to continue this fight.

MARGARET BRENNAN: What do you think President Biden needs to do to win Michigan and not lose it like in 2016?

SHAWN FAIN: I believe President Biden needs to continue doing what he has been doing all along. He has always bet on the American worker and has a history of standing with us. He has proven this during his presidency, such as when he joined striking workers on the picket line and worked with us to save a plant and a community in Belvidere, Illinois. We believe he will continue to fight for the working class and that is why we have endorsed him.

MARGARET BRENNAN: In 2016, it was estimated that 28% of UAW members voted for Donald Trump. Do you expect a similar breakdown this election?

SHAWN FAIN: I believe it will be less. We have made it clear that our endorsements are earned and based on facts and truth. When the facts and truth are presented to our members, we believe the majority will support Joe Biden for president. He has a history of serving others and fighting for the working class, while Donald Trump has a history of serving himself and the billionaire class. This goes against everything that working class people stand for.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Thank you for joining us, Mr. Fain. We appreciate your insights on this important endorsement.

SHAWN FAIN: Thank you for having me.  

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