USA: UAW loses 90,000 members

By just-auto.com editorial team | 26 April 2001

The United Auto Workers union lost more than 90,000 members in 2000 as car makers and component suppliers axed production jobs, the Detroit News reported.

Citing the UAW's annual financial report, the newspaper said that the Detroit-based union had 671,853 members last year, down 90,586 or 12 percent from 762,439 in 1999.

This was the second year running that the UAW's membership fell sharply, the Detroit News said. In 1999, membership fell 9.9%.

UAW membership has steadily declined since peaking at 1.5 million in 1979, reflecting the sharp drop in automotive industry manufacturing jobs. Some foreign-owned ‘transplant' car factories are not unionised.

The UAW has increased efforts to recruit workers outside its traditional industry by targeting universities, hospitals and casinos, the newspaper added.

It said that the union's financial report also showed UAW president Stephen Yokich's base salary rose 7.6 percent to $125,756 in 2000 from $116,864.

Yokich's total pay - including expenses and allowances - slipped 0.9% to $145,519, the Detroit News said.

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