September 15, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following statement can be attributed to Suzanne P. Clark, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“The decision by the United Auto Workers to initiate a strike will have far reaching negative consequences for our economy, for the American workers directly employed by the Detroit Three, their suppliers and dealers, as well as the thousands of small businesses and families whose livelihoods will also be put at risk.

“The UAW strike and indeed the ‘summer of strikes’ is the natural result of the Biden administration’s ‘whole of government’ approach to promoting unionization at all costs. For the 94% of American private sector workers not in a union, the costs are starting to stack up – from increasing consumer costs – now for new cars – to sudden loss in business for those in related industries like auto suppliers, restaurants and caterers whose customers are now on strike.

“As we have seen in new and proposed rules, it is no wonder unions feel emboldened when they see the Biden administration declaring that unions don’t actually have to win an election to be recognized, that those in management should be muzzled if they oppose unionization, and that preference for government grants and tax credits will go to shops that are unionized.

“The Chamber urges the UAW to call off the strike and get back to the negotiating table. We will continue to stand up for American job creators and their millions of non-unionized workers and against the administration’s overly aggressive pro-union agenda.”