UAW Membership Continues to Climb

In UAW International by UAW News

The following article was originally published here.

DETROIT — UAW membership in 2014 grew by more than 12,000 members, the union is reporting in its Labor Organization Annual Report, Form LM-2, which was filed today with the U.S. Department of Labor. The report shows UAW membership at 403,466 in 2014, compared to 391,415 in 2013. It is the fifth straight year of membership growth. Membership growth in previous LM-2 reports showed:

  • 403,466 for 2014
  • 391,415 for 2013
  • 382,513 for 2012
  • 380,719 for 2011
  • 376,612 for 2010
  • 355,191 for 2009

“As the UAW grows our members are better able to take care of their families and support their communities,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. “We understand success and quality products are helping UAW members build a better future for all Americans.” As a result of strong collective bargaining agreements, Ford and General Motors have added jobs, many of them the result of investing in existing plants and adding shifts, and some are the result of in-sourcing work to the U.S. that was done elsewhere. The membership increase comes as Ford, General Motors and FCA US (formerly Chrysler) are much healthier than in recent years and UAW members are seeing the results of 2011 contract negotiations that included more jobs, insourcing and plant investments.

Since 2011, Ford added 1,400 jobs at the Flat Rock, Michigan, plant to bring some Fusion assembly work in from Mexico; 450 jobs at Cleveland Engine for work done in Spain; 60 jobs at the Rawsonville, Michigan, transmission pump plant for work moved from China; 3,030 jobs from Turkey to make the Transit van in Kansas City; and 200 jobs at Ohio Assembly from Mexican Transit van production. In all, 3,361 jobs added by work previously performed elsewhere.

General Motors investments have included $185 million at the Spring Hill, Tennessee Complex for a new Small Displacement Ecotec Engine program, which retained 390 jobs at that facility and a $48.4 million at the Bedford, Indiana, Castings Plant for Small Displacement Ecotec Engine. Fiat-Chrysler has pledged $5.3 billion in U.S. factory investments, $800 million more than its initial commitment. UAW membership also has climbed as a result of organizing drives in gaming, higher education and automotive suppliers.

In other good news, recent union restructuring, including savings initiatives and internal reductions, is bringing the union closer to a balanced budget for the first time in years. “If we continue along this path we have an opportunity for the first time in many years to have a balanced budget,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel. “This is not a given, but will require continued sacrifice and focus on our objective, and it keeps in line with what this administration has promised UAW members it would do.”

The Department of Labor numbers do not reflect the total number of UAW members. Members not reflected in these numbers include those newly organized in the process of bargaining a first contract and those in the academic sector who are represented by the UAW but have not yet signed membership cards. Including those union members in the total brings the number to well over the reported 403,466 for 2014.

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