UAW Membership Rises as Right to Work Takes Effect

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The United Auto Workers union says its membership has edged up in the past year after decades of contraction with the shrinking of U.S. auto industry employment.
The Detroit-based union says it reported its 2012 membership figure to the U.S. government Thursday.
The UAW says it had 382,513 members last year, up from 380,716 in 2011. That's an increase of 1,797, or 0.5 percent.
Union President Bob King says union "membership continues on a steady path of recovery, even in the face of concerted attacks on workers and collective bargaining."
The announcement came the day Michigan became a right-to-work state, meaning unions can't collect mandatory fees from employees they represent under collective bargaining agreements.
The latest membership figure is up 7.7 percent from the union's 2009 count of 355,191.


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  • by REN Location: Lansing on Apr 1, 2013 at 02:55 PM
    Since RTW is helping union membership grow, why don't the unions support RTW?
  • by Name Location: Location on Apr 1, 2013 at 09:29 AM
    This is a good thing, the Black Lake Country Club needs some new donors. 51% of the uninformed!?!?!?
  • by jane dough Location: Jackson MI on Mar 29, 2013 at 08:49 AM
    I think those statistics are way shorter than stated. I for ine am not and i will never be a union person. I work at a union facility too.
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Mar 29, 2013 at 08:00 AM
    NOT FOR LONG
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2013 at 02:50 AM
    rtw makes unions better.
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