Amid the United Auto Workers’ ongoing corruption scandal, as former UAW officials are either being indicted, or still being investigated, the UAW could use some good news.
However, good news for the ailing auto workers union may be somewhat elusive, as the Detroit News just reported that the UAW’s membership fell nearly 10 percent last year.
The United Auto Workers lost more than 35,000 members in 2018, a 9 percent decrease, according to documents filed Friday with the U.S. Department of Labor.
The union said in the filing it had 395,703 members last year, down from 430,871 it had in 2017. It marks the first time in nine years the union has shrunk since its ranks reached a low of 355,191 in 2009 during the Great Recession.
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While the UAW’s 2018 membership losses may be partly attributed to layoffs at auto plants—and the UAW did just acquire casino dealers in Las Vegas after the Transport Workers Union walked away—it is unknown how much of the membership loss may also be caused by member resignations due to its ongoing corruption scandal.
“The UAW is entering a year that will include negotiations with Detroit’s car manufacturers on new labor contracts that are expected to be fractious,” notes the Detroit News.
Moreover, as auto-manufacturing jobs have increased in the U.S. overall, the UAW has, thus far, failed to unionize any of the Southern plants owned by foreign automakers.
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