United Auto Workers union expected to endorse Biden

 The United Auto Workers union is expected to endorse President Joe Biden as early as Wednesday, according to three people familiar with the decision.

Biden will address UAW members at their conference in Washington on Wednesday afternoon, where the endorsement of his 2024 bid will most likely come, the sources said.

Last fall, Biden became the first sitting president to join a picket line when he visited auto workers outside Detroit who were striking for higher wages and cost-of-living increases.

On Tuesday, Biden and former President Donald Trump both picked up wins in the New Hampshire primaries, victories that could mark the quick end of the primary process and the beginning of the general election.

The UAW endorsement could carry significant political implications because of the influence on voters in Michigan, a critical battleground in the 2024 election. Biden narrowly won the state last cycle.

Trump has sought to win over rank-and-file union voters, winning over those who have felt that globalization and international trade have left behind those who built middle-class lives in manufacturing jobs. Trump’s appeal to those voters has divided union membership, whose leaders have traditionally aligned with Democrats while Republicans have historically worked more closely with the companies at odds with those unions.