The White House team goes to Detroit to help resolve the UAW strike

The team sent by President Joe Biden to help resolve the strike between the largest U.S. auto workers union and the Big Three auto companies plans to be in Detroit to support talks “early in the week,” an administration official told NBC News on Sunday.

The president appointed White House counsel Gene Sperling and acting Labor Secretary Julie Su last week to go to Detroit to help reach a deal to end the United Auto Workers union strike, which began early Friday. Sperling served as the point person for key issues related to the union and the companies, coordinating with Sue.

“Sperling and Acting Secretary Su are communicating with both parties by phone, as they have done for weeks, with the goal of being there early in the week,” the official said, adding that the administration is “pleased that the parties continue to communicate.” They meet as they did before the end of the decade.”

The issues of the union and companies remained different regarding the increase in salaries and benefits.Bill Poliano/Getty Images

The goal of Su and Sperling was not to act as mediators or intervene, but to “help support negotiations in whatever way both parties feel is constructive,” the official said.

Biden said Friday he hopes the UAW and the Big Three will return to negotiations.

After the talks collapsed, Biden said he understood workers’ frustration because while auto companies are posting “record profits,” those profits “are not being fairly shared, in my view, with those workers.”

“Let’s be clear, no one wants to go on strike,” he said. “But I respect workers’ right to use their options under the collective bargaining system.”

The strike poses a particular challenge for Biden, who described himself as “the most pro-union president I’ve ever seen.” While the UAW has historically supported Democrats like the president, former President Donald Trump received important support from blue-collar auto workers.

Before announcing the strike, UAW President Sean Fine said the strike would force Biden and other politicians to choose a side when it comes to organized labor.

At midnight Friday, about 13,000 UAW members walked out of a General Motors site in Missouri, the Stellantis Center in Ohio, and a Ford assembly plant in Michigan.

If every UAW member went on strike immediately, the union would have enough money to provide about 11 weeks of strike pay.

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