Monday, March 29, 2010

UAW lost 17 percent of members last year

Management is mostly responsible for the sorry state of the domestic auto industry. But the United Auto Workers union--which fought for the arcane work rules and job classifications (Did you notice I left out mentioning benefits and pay?) that add unnecessary costs to automobile assembly--should hang its head in shame too.

This evening the Detroit News is reporting that the union lost 75,846 members last year--a 17.6 percent drop. It has lost nearly 350,000 members since 2001, which is roughly the same number of members it has now.

UAW membership peaked in 1979 at 1.53 million members.

The UAW is one of those unions which is trying to gain members in the public sector. The federal government owns a majority stake in General Motors.

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