Kinethia Black, a member of UAW Local 5960, fills the brakes of a 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV during vehicle production Thursday, May 6, 2021 at the General Motors Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan .
Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet
DETROIT – The United Auto Workers is calling on its more than 400,000 members to urge elected officials to support the tax credits proposed for electric vehicles manufactured by unions.
The Detroit-based union sent a message on Wednesday via its “Take Action” alert service that points to an Actionnetwork.org petition in support of the proposal, which is a provision of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act.
The proposed tax credit of $ 4,500 for an electric vehicle made by unions has been controversial, drawing the wrath of Toyota Motor, Honda Motor and other automakers that produce electric cars and trucks in the United States, but with non-union workers. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose non-union workers produce most of its electric vehicles in the United States, also criticized the proposal.
The credit is part of a tax incentive project of $ 12,500 for the purchase of an electric vehicle, including $ 7,500 of tax credit for the purchase of a rechargeable electric vehicle as well as $ 500 if the vehicle battery is manufactured in the United States.
Biden is pro-union and has continually supported incentives to expand American production of electric vehicles.
âThis provision recognizes the importance of unionized workers as the front line in creating well-paying and secure jobs for the entire auto industry. It’s a public policy that invests in workers and communities and should be a model for all industries, âsaid UAW’s Petition, which is also sponsored by the AFL-CIO.
The petition includes a template for members to send a letter to members of Congress urging them to support the measure.
Opponents of the unionized electric vehicle tax credit said it unfairly favored General Motors, Ford Motor and Stellantis, which was previously called Fiat Chrysler. The hourly workers of these automakers – traditionally known as the Detroit 3 – are represented by the UAW.
The electric vehicle incentive program is expected to cost around $ 15.6 billion, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.