The United Auto Workers has seen an increase in membership for the second straight year, according to Bloomberg. Last year, the union saw its ranks grow by 1.1 percent to 380,719 members, thanks in part to increased hiring by domestic automakers. In 2010, the UAW grew by six percent, but today's total is still a fraction of the 1.5 million members the union boasted in 1979. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are expected to hire around 14,750 union workers by 2015, according to the report. That number is likely far below what the UAW will need to be able to secure significant bargaining leverage.

To that end, the UAW has made it clear that organizing a foreign-owned manufacturing facility is crucial to its survival. UAW president Bob King vowed to unionize one such plant last year but failed to do so. Now the UAW is reportedly handing out authorization cards at the new Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Workers there have reportedly had mixed-reactions to the prospect of unionization.


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      Frank Bromley
      • 2 Years Ago
      WOW there are some very stupid people in here. 1.check your facts the UAW piled cash into the auto makers to save them as well. check and see how much the government and the union gave for the bridge loans maybe ? before ya shoot your mouth off!! 2. did they turn a profit yet ? is GM the number 1 car company again ? all good questions for sure you can put the blame on the unions all you like. but last i checked there the last bit of manufacturing that pays worth a damn in this country and each and every worker pays federal tax all 380,719 and state and local tax! your lil bit of cash don't mean **** in the real world buddy! you may buy a union built car from another country why do you think KIA,BMW, and other imports come to this country and are domestic car company's want to leave? one a union company will offer good group health plans that cost a **** load of money big burden on USA auto makers! witch they dont have to worry about in Mexico and Canada but we do have one thing going for us we have a 30% tax rate for millionaires and billionaires so its cool to keep corporate but ship the jobs out of the country for a tax break. then trick the public into thinking your not worth the wage while gas prices rise and food prices are crazy and the people that have to buy there health care can barely make there rent and then ceo's have to make 20 million a year and all his workers below in the chain of command bleed the company's dry with private jets and houses all over the world !!crash the company into a ditch but you blaim the union workers? but its cool for Nissan to pay workers a difference in wage 6 bucks a hour from plant to plant in the same state who do the same type of work? while they ship there profits out of the country ? just check and see how the country was doing when the UAW in this country where 2 million plus strong and we built **** here every one was working steel mills thrived in this country as well. just remember they have unions in the other country's japan,Korea, Mexico, Canada, Germany the list goes on and free health care the union nore the company have to deal with. welcome to the new Banana Republican of low wages shity health care covered buy a for profit system. but the wages will get lower and lower and more jobs will ship out. and wages will just go lower and lower to keep these jobs here welcome to the real world.
      nert bert
      • 2 Years Ago
      You are not a skilled worker if your replacement can be trained in under 6 months. How can people support an organization that stands up for mediocrity and hindering the drive that pushes people to achieve great things. Innovation isn't just for white collars!
        • 2 Years Ago
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      ngiotta
      • 2 Years Ago
      Keep getting more members. The big 3 will build more and more cars in Canada and Mexico.
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ngiotta
        I guess you've never heard of the CAW.
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's good for the host is good for the parasite.
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Come November let`s not forget who voted against this new wealth that for we, who love cars and the American dream depend on. The UAW needs to tone it down a bit and fight for things that influence fairness instead of their tradional winner take all approch like they have been. Not all Unions are bad. UAW more often than not, gives union a bad name. Doesn`t help much when its members are smoking up and drinking beer in the parking lot during break either. Bad apples in a union believe in a sense of self entitlement. Abuse in a union dosen`t make union bad it reflects on those who cannot conduct themselves with out accountibility. I`m a union member public employee who works hard in the interest of my employer and my work. Sometimes or most of the time your just a number so you need a voice that union provides. I do agree with most view twords the UAW. They need to put their intrest in their employer and their members and find a win win common ground for both. The UAW lost sight of this. I have seen bad apples in my union too. True union believers don`t take advantage of it . If union seems irrelevent today, if they go away tomorrow they will be needed again the day after.
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      nobody here cares. start UnionBlog, huffington post
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      This should come as no surprise. When sales start to pick back up, production increases, and jobs are created. All of the Big 3 have seen significant gains in the last couple of years, especially Chrysler.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ryanandrewmartin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I predict ****-talk.
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