Automakers Face Trump Promises, Robotic Future

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President Donald Trump has vowed to keep the auto industry in the U.S. to provide blue collar jobs for the autoworkers he says have been forgotten. 

His promise to reward companies that stay in the United States, and punish those that outsource, has sparked new hope for autoworkers in states like Michigan. Many workers believe things seem to be going well as the president continues to meet with union leaders and big companies like General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler.

But is the fight to keep autoworkers employed a battle against outsourcing, or something else, especially as the automation of factory work encroaches on blue collar jobs. What is the best strategy in the fight to keep these workers employed? 

In this two-part investigation from The Takeaway’s Rockefeller Resilience Project, WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter examines the threats facing the auto industry, and talks to the people directly affected by the evolving economy. 

Image credit: Jake Neher/WDET

About the Author

Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.  

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