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UAW membership increases

DETROIT –The UAW filed its Labor Organization Annual Report, Form LM-2, with the U.S. Department of Labor today.

The LM-2 contains the union’s membership numbers for the prior year.

The UAW’s 2012 LM-2 report shows UAW membership continued to grow, increasing from 380,716 in 2011 to 382,513 in 2012.  The growth in UAW membership continues along with the nation’s economic recovery. The successful turnaround of the automotive industry through the joint work of UAW auto members, auto management, and the Obama administration has played a key role in the recovery of the U.S. economy.

Membership numbers reported to the Department of Labor in recent years were:

  • 380,716 for 2011
  • 376,612 for 2010
  • 355,191 for 2009

It is important to note that the above Department of Labor numbers do not reflect the total number of workers represented by the UAW.  Represented workers not counted in these numbers include workers who have been organized and are still in the process of bargaining their first contract and workers in the academic sector who are represented by the UAW but have not yet signed their membership cards. Including these workers in the total number of workers represented by the UAW bring the number to more than 400,000 members.

“UAW membership continues on a steady path of recovery, even in the face of concerted attacks on workers and collective bargaining,” said UAW President Bob King.  “Our 2011 collective bargaining agreements with the domestic automakers resulted in investment commitments of $20 billion in communities across America through 2015, so we anticipate continued membership growth for the next two years,” King added.

New members organized recently by the UAW include thousands of casino employees, workers at Southern auto parts facilities in Alabama and Kentucky, and workers at Tulsa Bus in Tulsa, Okla.