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Electric Cars Seen Imperiling U.S. Jobs by a Rare Trump Backer

  • UAW calls for support in preparing workers for the future
  • Union is outlier in supporting probe of car and parts imports
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The lonely voice to speak up in support of the Trump administration’s investigation into U.S. auto imports warned the rise of electric vehicles could be dire for American jobs.

In comments that were aberrations amid an hours-long chorus of criticism, the United Auto Workers laid out a case for the U.S. Commerce Department’s probe of imported cars and components on national security grounds. The union’s research director, Jennifer Kelly, said the U.S. produced fewer vehicles last year than in 2000 and blamed low-wage countries including Mexico and China for widening America’s auto-parts trade deficit with the rest of the world.