The Detroit News reports that the United Auto Workers union has seen membership increase for the third straight year. The organization is now 382,513 members strong, which marks a jump of about 1,800 over 2011. That doesn't include workers who are represented but don't have a contract with the union.

"UAW membership continues on a steady path of recovery, even in the face of concerted attacks on workers and collective bargaining," UAW President Bob King said in a statement.

Even so, the union continues to struggle in its effort to garner the support of workers at manufacturing facilities owned by foreign automakers. The Detroit News reports UAW members were handing out leaflets at the New York Auto Show criticizing Nissan for not allowing the union access to plant workers in Mississippi, and we witnessed the exact same tactic ourselves at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year. King has said that if workers at those facilities aren't unionized, suppliers and new autoworkers won't see their wages increase.

Meanwhile, the UAW said it spent around $9.1 million on "political activities and lobbying" in 2012, up from $300,000 in 2011. The jump was thanks largely to the fact that 2012 was a presidential election year.


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      churchmotor
      • 1 Year Ago
      No wonder, with a communist leading this nation, and vowing to paint the USA SEIU Purple, and bowing to dictators around the world...
        richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @churchmotor
        churchmotor, your guinea pig brain doesn`t appear to be working.
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @churchmotor
        ChurchMotor can you get a memo out about that whole communist stuff? Many of Americas allies. including Australia, where I live and where we have troops on the front line supports yours, would like to know. Is the USA really USSR? Extrodinary revelations you make on this site! Why aren't you on Fox News with this stuff?
      gop.hates.america
      • 1 Year Ago
      Conservatives get butthurt again. How about this - if you don't like UAW, don't work for the big 3. Go work for Walmart instead. It needs uneducated people like you for their minimum wage jobs.
        churchmotor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        Not only NOT work for the UAW, NEVER buy UAW products! Plus you can go look online and view all the non-auto products now polluted by UAW communist labor and boycott those products too.
          gop.hates.america
          • 1 Year Ago
          @churchmotor
          Sure, go ahead. Why buy stuff made by American "communist" labor when you can buy stuff made in China. Oh the irony!
          richard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @churchmotor
          That`s right, let`s just send our money to Asia, instead! That always helps America!
          churchmotor
          • 1 Year Ago
          @churchmotor
          No, I'll send my money to Honda, or Toyota, or Nissan, or Subaru, or Mercedes, or BMW, or VW.. A long list of corporations that support the ideas of a free market society in the USA. Unlike the Democrats that are funding the UAW will taxpayer money to "occupy" and remove the free market in the USA.
          Jason Krumvieda
          • 1 Year Ago
          @churchmotor
          So instead of the Communist America (UAW) or Communist China you can buy a Nissan from Tennessee or from some other southern state. Is that what you are telling us?
          MAX
          • 1 Year Ago
          @churchmotor
          Yeah, support state socialist foreign companies. Check out Japan with the largest per capita debt of any nation, far higher than Greece from their use of government money to buy marketshare for their zaibatsus+ socialized healthcare. I bet churchmotors home is full Chinese Communist made products he bought at Walmart and Dollar General. ROFL
        Jason Krumvieda
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        Lots of hate today from you huh? This is an April fools joke, UAW membership is in the toilet.
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      UnionBlog obediently posts leftwing union propaganda as ordered by Huffpo overlords.
      MAX
      • 1 Year Ago
      UAW is one of the greatest forces for good in America. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech was first given a joint UAW/NAACP rally at Cobo Hall. The UAW bailed MLK out of Birmingham jail when the Civil Rights movement had few allies. If it wasn't for labor unions we would be a third world country like the South is always trying to be.
        AngeloD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MAX
        Obama had no legal authority whatsoever to take tax money from me and give it to the UAW. Obama had no legal authority whatsoever to violate the "Black Letter" of the US Code's bankruptcy statutes to deny the secured bondholders of GM their preferential position in any settlement in order to reward the Democratic Party voters in the UAW. What happened in the GM bankruptcy was a systemic breakdown in the rule of law in the US, and was one of the most shameful episodes of political corruption this Nation has ever experienced. Yes, jobs were saved, but our Constitution was lost and by that the price was much too high.
          AngeloD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AngeloD
          Last time I checked, GM took a pile of cash to locate Saturn in Springhill Tennessee. The big three take plenty of money to locate in various states, and to expand production in an existing location. Check out how much tax money Jeep took to expand in Toldeo over the past 15 years. And last time I checked, workers at the transplants in Texas, Alabama, S. Carolina, etc. all had good health benefits and pay about equal to the UAW. Finally, you're nuts if you think a company taking a tax break to locate or expand is the same thing as the US government seizing a private company and handing over ownership to a private group, which is exactly what happend to GM when they handed 40% of the company to the UAW. You're an Obama voter aren't you? Fess up now...
          richard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AngeloD
          How about all those American tax dollars going down south to lure the foreign transplants? You know, the ones with all the temporary employees, who wish they could have health insurance? The ones, you know, who won`t be able to retire before age 70? Apparently, you would rather use our tax dollars to support low wage manufacturing in the third world south. At some point, you Asia supporters are going to have to learn that sending our tax dollars overseas is not good for America.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AngeloD
          [blocked]
          richard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AngeloD
          Reward the Democratic voters in the UAW....so if republicans won, the big bankers and oil companies wouldn`t be rewarded? I can tell what side your on.
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          @AngeloD
          [blocked]
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AngeloD
          [blocked]
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AngeloD
          >baawwwwww I didn't like the bailout fix'd Its over. Its done. Let it ******* go.
        churchmotor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MAX
        "UAW is one of the greatest forces for good in America" LOL, the only GOOD done by the UAW is padding their pockets with taxpayer money. The only GOOD done by the UAW is guaranteeing several POT SMOKING breaks per day.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @churchmotor
          [blocked]
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @churchmotor
          Again, this was ONE PLANT. ONE.
      hp
      • 1 Year Ago
      You have to be an idiot to buy a car made by the UAW.
      churchmotor
      • 1 Year Ago
      It will be snowing in Hell before I ever consider a UAW built automobile. Too many good products built in the USA without supporting these Democrats!
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @churchmotor
        Although I do agree with the fact that Unions are all for democrats and push that thinking on its members. But that's because the Republicans own the businesses who employ union workers. Republicans steal from the middle class to support themselves. Democrats steal from the mide class to support the lower class.
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tom
          Damon phone. shoulda read...I must have got down voted by..........
      yyz
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Meanwhile, the UAW said it spent around $9.1 million on "political activities and lobbying" in 2012" How does the rank and file like their dues being pissed away like this? How could that money be better spent?
        richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @yyz
        The union dues are used to fight dopey Republicans. Which is money well spent.
          sodamninsane
          • 1 Year Ago
          @richard
          You sir, are an idiot if you think that everyone at the top of the big 3 is a republican. Why is it everyone assumes there are no rich greedy democrats? Like the people at the top of welfare and green peace aren't getting rich? really? Al gore anyone?
        Brewman15
        • 1 Year Ago
        @yyz
        I see no difference in the money the UAW spends for \"political activities\" compared to the money pissed away by corporations and superpacs on the same thing. It\'s all wasted money to me.
          Pj Taintz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brewman15
          The difference is simple. If I own a company, its my money I am spending. The UAW is spending their members money. I would wager not everyone who spent money to the UAW is a supporter of what the UAW is spending their money on.
        waetherman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @yyz
        Considering the unions just negotiated that a new temporary worker program would require that immigrant labor be paid the same as domestic workers, I'd say that money is well spent.
          Pj Taintz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @waetherman
          we have millions of unemployeed americans. How about we stop importing work from other countries and put america back to work...
      William
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am less likely to buy a UAW made automobile as its membership increases.
      Edsel
      • 1 Year Ago
      The UAW has lost more potential manufacturing jobs in the United States than it has gained. Chrysler building a plant in China to build 100,000 Jeeps annually is real - not the imagination of Republican politics as was portrayed 6 months ago. The UAW will continue to languish in domestic manufacturing as domiciled U.S. corporations continue to exploit cheaper wages in the other parts of the world. Short of building barriers to keep manufacturing within our borders there's not much that can be done to grow the UAW.
        richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        To Edsel, the republican, so Jeep is building a plant in China. So? They sell them over there. They aren`t building them in China to ship here to the US. Like Romney implied they were going to do. This is just another example of why the UAW spends money to defeat republicans. Because you people like to make stuff up, and try to pull the wool over people`s eyes. Thankfully most people recognize this, that`s why the UAW is gaining membership again.
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @richard
          :wooosh: THE UAW IS GAINING MEMBERSHIP BECAUSE THE ENTIRE AUTO INDUSTRY IS REBOUNDING. Yet, guess who is the having the least amount of rebound........That's right, it's the junk "domestics" you idiots produce.
          gayle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @richard
          Romney implied that b/c the US balance of trade with China was so bad, the US should be exporting Jeeps. But you are just an unwashed political pawn to be sacrificed on the chess-board of socio-economic progress. "So?" is about your only contribution.
        gop.hates.america
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        Since Walmart has no unions, everything sold in their stores must be made in USA. Is that a fair extrapolation of your argument?
        ELG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        sure there are things that can be done to grow the UAW. like destroy the value of the dollar, thus eliminating (now expensive) foreign built competition, and more worldwide markets for (now cheaper) US built products. ....aaaand look whats happening. of course, everyone NOT in manufacturing gets screwed, but since when have democrats cared about anybody other than pandering to their base and buying votes?
        churchmotor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        The entire Chrysler corporation was lost. Lost to FIAT in Italy.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @churchmotor
          There you go again. The fact that you point that out constantly makes me think you feel very threatened by them for some reason.
        MAX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        Is that you Mitt? That Chinese Jeep factory is to avoid the huge tariffs the Chinese put on imports like America used to do in it's golden age.
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        Edsel - You need to do some research before posting. This is what Romney said. You can google and find this video all over the internet. On October 25, Romney said at a rally in the key battleground state of Ohio, "I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state Jeep — now owned by the Italians — is thinking of moving all production to China." Chrysler never said what Romny said. Jeeps had already been made in China for the Chinese market until the mid 2000's. Now Chrysler/Fiat plans on making a new Jeep model (not available in the USA) for the Chinese market. Sorry to burst your bubble....
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        100, 000 jeeps to be sold overseas not here
      Renaurd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good, maybe Americans are finally pulling their heads from their asses.
      tonial.sands
      • 1 Year Ago
      you have to be an idiot to buy an American cars, except for Jeep.
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tonial.sands
        Yea that way all the big three can go under. Then America will follow suit. Then the rest of the world as well. You sir are the idiot.
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tom
          LMAO. This has to be the most ignorant statement of the week. The supply lines will stay in business because ALL car companies buy from many of the same suppliers. The only idiots that will lose their jobs in that situation are YOU and your UAW buddies. But guess what, those jobs will just go to hard working employees of the "foreign" cars.....MADE IN AMERICA....Sigh, there is no help for you morons.
          AngeloD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tom
          So now the big three are too big to fail? I have to fork over my tax money for bailouts, forever, whenever the incompetents at GM (union and management) run that sorry company into the ground? Sorry, but no. No private company in the US ought to be "too big to fail" no matter what the short term pain it causes. If GM and Chrysler had been allowed to disappear, as they should have, Hyundai, KIA, Toyota, Ford, etc. would have boosted production. Jobs would have been lost, but America would still be here with a more efficient and profitable auto industry.
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tom
          And all the plants owned by GM would have been snapped up by Toyota, Kia, and Hyundai and everyone would say, "I buy Kia because I'm a red-blooded American who supports my troops, MURICA!"
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tom
          You guys can't be that stupid. If the big three goes under half of its suppliers go under. The peole who work at the dealers loose their jobs. The auto shiplers loose their jobs. The people who work at the finance companies loose their jobs and **** will roll down hill. And as far as being to big to fail its true. sad but true. Lots of companies are like this not just in the auto world. Also you say you don't want your tax dollars goin to Gm. Well you don't get a say in where your taxes go. I don't want my tax dollars to go to payin for single mother with 5 kids who can't stop getting knocked up. I don't want my tax dollars goin to birth control or abortions. I don't want my tax dollars goin to healthcare for illegal immigrants. I don't want the taxes goin to keeping murders alive in prison. nor giving it too aid in foreign countries. I dont like being forced to buy health insurance or having limitations on gun purchases. but guess what it is what it is. move to canada if you don't like it. I however like America so I'm just gonna accept it.
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tom
          And angelo it won't be short term pain. It will be major economic failure that will last years. It's called cause and effect. Like a snow ball rolling down hill it willl get worse and worse. Dont be so blind
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tom
          You idiot brandon. What you are not thinking about is if the Big 3 we're to fail, Like so many people want to see, then the suppliers would loose enough money from the big 3 that the suppliers would go under too. It aactually happend during GMs bankruptcy a few years ago. Several suppliers went out of business. And do you have any idea how long it would take for the other manufacturers you mentioned to hire all those miss placed workers? Things don't happen over night it takes time and in the meen time the already unstable economy goes bust. Also for a long time the mmanufacturers won't be able to keep up with demand, so cars will get more expensive. Also I'm sure Canada does have higher taxes then America. Never said they didn't. All I said was if you don't like the way the U.S. is goin get the hell out then.
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tom
          Wow, you truly are an idiot. Unless the purchasers of "Big 3" automobiles just up and stopped buying cars, which won't happen, THOSE SUPPLIERS WILL BE PAID BY THE AMERICAN MADE "FOREIGN" CAR COMPANIES TO HANDLE THE INFLUX OF BUSINESS. This isn't a all or nothing equation, you moron. If the GM went under today then Nissan/Toyota/Honda/BMW/MB/etc would all go on a hiring spree, both internally for the company, and dealerwide to handle the extra business. If GM/Chry go under, that doesn't mean their economic losses ripple though the whole economy. It just means one more nail in detroit's coffin. Also, I love the comment "if you don't like it move to canada". They pay more taxes than we do in the US. I swear, to make a statement like that, you have to be borderline retarded. Oh, just for the record, I don't appreciate my tax dollars support those things either. In fact, I don't agree at all with the 16th amendment or the federal reserve act. Direct taxes were never a part of the constitution nor should they have been amended into the constitution.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      "membership continues on a steady path of recovery, even in the face of concerted attacks on workers and collective bargaining," UAW President Bob King said in a statement." Of course it has nothing to do with the fact the domestics are hiring and HAVE to hire UAW workers. Keep patting yourself on the back there Bob. How's the organizing at imported factories going by the way?
        gop.hates.america
        • 1 Year Ago
        @throwback
        10 years ago, I would not have imagined that conservatives would be unhappy with American companies doing well and creating more jobs, right here in America. So much for the phony patriotism.
          Scr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gop.hates.america
          But they are doing it on the backs of the American taxpayer because the Unions got too greedy and produced such crappy cars that GM wasn\'t a car company anymore. They were a health insurance and retirement investment company that happened to slap together cars. They could not compete in the marketplace and could no longer afford the contracts they signed. Add piss poor management bowing to the extortionist communists in the UAW, and thanks to these contracts were not nimble enough to make changes to their business (close inefficient plants, lose workers, even through atrition) they ran themselves out of money despite being the world\'s largest auto maker.
        jfa1177
        • 1 Year Ago
        @throwback
        Its funny how NISSAN is being blamed for \'locking out\' the UAW. Maybe its because the workers there see the UAW for what it really is a dinosaur that needs to be put down for good.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jfa1177
          If the workers at the transplant factories were actively asking for unions, I'd be in favor of it. As it stands, they aren't. Unions should come from within, not without.
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jfa1177
          WHY WON'T YOU LET US HELP YOU NISSAN WORKERS?
        richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @throwback
        If the workers at these transplants weren`t paid within a few dollars of the UAW American plants they WOULD ask the UAW to represent them. But as it is, the actual UAW members pay their dues and bargain for the middle-class way of life. The UAW sets the pay scale and others follow. And the transplants say they don`t need the UAW. Yeah, right.
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