EVs May Mean Fewer Auto Jobs, Protection for Battery Workers Is a ‘Main Sticking Point’ in Talks

On CNBC’s Thursday broadcast of “Last Call,” Congressman Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said that ensuring all electric vehicle workers are unionized is a key issue between the UAW and the U.A.W. “This is one of the major deadlock points in contract negotiations” between the two parties. There may also be fewer autoworkers for electric cars than for traditional cars.

Host Brian Sullivan said, “So, you’re talking about the transition to EVs, and here’s the complicated part, and this is something we talk about a lot on this show, but as you know, California… plans to ban the sale of gasoline engines in cars.” Even though 2035 has arrived, the UAW is nervous about the transition to EVs. Because EVs have far fewer parts, they may require fewer workers. How do you resolve those two, and Sean Fein, Congressman Khanna, the possibility that some of the policies in your state, the state of California, will actually hurt the UAW 10, 20 years from now? Did I mention there is? ”

“What Sean is focused on, and what we are focused on, is making sure that every job in the EV supply chain is a good union job,” Khanna said. “That’s why this contract is so important. It’s very important because this contract is not only about the people who will be working in EV cars, which may be less than traditional vehicles, but also the people who will be working in battery factories. And it’s important that those people are union employees and have a basic agreement in place, and that’s one of the major sticking points in contract negotiations.”

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