DETROIT The UAW is spending $2.3 million on TV and radio ads to sway voters and boost support for Sen. John Kerrys presidential campaign.
UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said Monday that the commercials will begin airing on Monday, Oct 18.
The union is paying for the ads through contributions to its Voluntary Community Action Program, a political action committee within the auto workers union. Republican critics have accused the union in the past of using member dues to support Democratic candidates.
The 30-second TV commercial criticizes President Bush on domestic issues. The 60-second radio spot compares Bushs record with Kerrys plan on jobs and the economy.
Though the UAW and other unions tend to favor Kerry, the auto industry has shown greater financial support for the president. A greater number of industry executives attended the Republican convention in August than turned out for the Democratic convention in July.
The UAW gave its endorsement of the Massachusetts senator in March despite previous clashes on fuel economy standards.
Kerry hasnt changed his view that standards should be raised, but the union has placed greater urgency on job losses, which the senator has promised to reverse.
The UAW, which has seen its membership decline over the last 20 years due to plant closings, in its commercial criticizes Bush for job losses during his term.
The TV commercials will air in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and West Virginia. The radio ads will run in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and the Detroit area.