Ricky McDowell, President of United Auto Workers local 5285, said that organized labor supported President Barack Obama because he saved their jobs.
“With the help of President Obama saving the Big Three, and if we had let Chrysler and Chevrolet and GM go down, there wouldn’t be a Big Three, wouldn’t be an international union,” he told PBS during a Labor Day parade in Charlotte, North Carolina. “So he did save our jobs.”
Hundreds of union members marched in the parade, hoping to draw attention to the fact that North Carolina is the nation’s least unionized state. The Democratic National Convention is being held in Charlotte beginning on Tuesday.
Labor unions have backed President Barack Obama re-election bid, despite being disappointed with his administration.
UAW president Bob King and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka will both speak at the DNC.
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by PBS, below: