UAW shows continued growth


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DETROIT – UAW membership continues to grow, according to the union’s Labor Organization Annual Report, Form LM-2, filed with the U.S. Department of Labor.

The LM-2 contains the union’s membership numbers for the prior year. The UAW’s 2013 LM-2 report shows UAW membership at 391,415, up nearly 9,000 members from numbers reported last year.

Job gains achieved in the UAW’s 2011 collective bargaining agreements with the domestic automakers continue to pay off through job creation at many facilities throughout the country. As part of those agreements, last year General Motors announced a $1.3 billion investment in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana plants and investments in Kansas City and Wentzville, Mo. plants; Chrysler announced investments in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan plants; and Ford announced investments in New York, Kentucky and Ohio plants.

As a result of the collective bargaining agreements, Ford began production of the Fusion in Flat Rock, Mich., previously only manufactured in Mexico, moved the Transit Commercial Van from Europe to its Kansas City facility and the medium duty trucks from Mexico to Avon Lake, Ohio.

In addition to gains make at the negotiating table, the UAW had success in organizing Southern vehicle assemblers and suppliers, welcoming new members from the IC Bus plant in Tulsa, Okla., Flex-n-Gate in Arlington, Texas, and Faurecia in Louisville, Ky.

The UAW also organized thousands of new members in gaming at casinos in Ohio and Las Vegas.

The UAW’s 2013 organizing success also included an historic victory for graduate employees at New York University who voted to unionize by a resounding 98 percent majority after an eight year struggle to recognize the graduate employees, the country’s only unionized graduate employees at a private university. Membership numbers reported to the Department of Labor in recent years were:

  • 382,513 for 2012
  • 380,716 for 2011
  • 376,612 for 2010
  • 355,191 for 2009

The Department of Labor numbers do not reflect the total number of workers represented by the UAW. Represented workers not reflected in these numbers include newly organized workers in the process of bargaining a first contract and workers in the academic sector who are represented by the UAW but have not yet signed membership cards. Including these workers in the total number of workers represented by the UAW brings the number to well over 400,000 members.

“We welcome these new members and commend our existing membership who have made organizing and building the union a priority, despite an all-out attack on working people and our right to organize,” said UAW President Bob King.

“Workers in the South who are organizing are proving that Southern workers want and need unions. The UAW is going to continue to fight for their right to organize and we’re going to fight to protect our members across the county who face employer challenges and anti-union efforts to undermine collective bargaining rights,” King added.

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