White House team to go to Detroit 'early this week' to help resolve UAW strike

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A team that President Joe Biden dispatched to help resolve the strike between the United States’ largest autoworkers 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.  

White House adviser Gene Sperling and Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su were named by the president last week to go to Detroit to help reach a deal to end the walkout by the United Auto Workers union, which began early Friday. Sperling has been serving as the point person on key issues connected to the union and the companies, and has been coordinating with Su. 

“Both Sperling and Acting Secretary Su are engaging with the parties by phone, as they have for weeks, with the intention of being there early in the week,” the official said, adding that the administration was “pleased that the parties are continuing to meet as they had been before the contract expired.”

Su and Sperling’s goal was not to serve as mediators or intervene, but “help support the negotiations in any way the parties feel is constructive,” the official said.