The United Auto Workers’ (UAW) newly-appointed president faces ‘extreme challenges’—from cleaning up the corrupt union to more downsizing due to electric vehicles.
On Wednesday, the United Auto Workers (UAW) will replace retiring interim president Rory Gamble with its new president Ray Curry, who was selected by the union’s executive board.
Curry, according to a U.S. News report is facing some extreme challenges, from the multi-year corruption scandal that has caused a number of UAW officials to go to jail to an auto industry that is transitioning from fossil fuels to electric vehicles that need 30 percent fewer workers to assemble.
“As soon as he takes over the 397,000-member union on Thursday, Curry will face extreme challenges in just about every direction. The UAW is coming out of a bribery and embezzlement scandal that sent two former presidents to prison, and it’s operating under a court-approved monitor who can veto financial decisions. Members are skeptical about their leadership.”
To date, the UAW has failed at every attempt to unionize any of the auto plants owned by foreign car companies.
In fact, today, there are more union-free auto-industry workers in the United States than there are unionized (UAW) auto workers–and, that spells trouble for the UAW.
Unfortunately for the UAW—which once boasted of 1.3 million members—as the U.S. transitions to greater use of electric vehicles, unless the UAW succeeds in unionizing more workers in the production of electric vehicles and the batteries that power them, the UAW will continue lose members.
“Detroit automakers are forming joint ventures to set up new battery plants that the union will have to organize. And it will probably try to unionize new battery factories in the South. Since electric cars have fewer moving parts, automakers will need about 30% fewer workers to assemble them.” [Emphasis added.]
As UAW members contend with having to pay millions of their dues for the union’s “Culture of Corruption” for the next six years, the UAW’s leadership will have to contend with a shrinking market.
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