Look Who’s UAW

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy.

UAW-represented workplaces range from multinational corporations, small manufacturers and state and local governments to colleges and universities, hospitals and private non-profit organizations.

The UAW has approximately 710,000 active members and over 500,000 retired members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Here is a profile of the UAW membership by sector:

Automotive: The UAW represents skilled trades and production workers at General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler. In addition, the UAW represents several thousand salaried employees — including engineers, designers and draftsmen — at DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors.

Workers at new United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI), a GM-Toyota joint venture; and Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America Inc. (MMMA) also belong to the UAW.

In addition, the union has a major presence in the automotive parts industry, including such firms as Delphi, Lear, Kelsey Hayes, American Axle, Thyssen Budd Automotive, and numerous tool-and-die firms and suppliers.

Aerospace and Defense: In the aerospace and defense industry, the UAW represents workers at such major firms as General Dynamics, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Honeywell, Raytheon, General Electric, Rolls-Royce Allison, Bell Helicopter, AM General (Humvee) and others.

Heavy Trucks: The UAW represents skilled trades and production workers at five leading manufacturers of heavy trucks: Freightliner, Mack, Navistar, Peterbilt and Volvo North America, as well as engineers, draftsmen designers and other salaried employees at Mack, Navistar and Volvo North America.

Farm and Heavy Equipment: The UAW represents workers at several of the world’s leading manufacturers of farm and heavy construction equipment, Deere & Co., Caterpillar and CNH Global.

Other Manufacturing: The UAW represents workers in a wide range of industries, including household appliances, brewing, lawn and garden equipment, tools and hardware, firearms, boats, modular housing, toys, musical instruments, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food processing and writing instruments.

Among the well known consumer products made by UAW members are Kohler bathroom fixtures, Maytag appliances, Murray lawn mowers, Miller beers, Colt firearms, Master Loc locks, Revlon cosmetics, Land O’ Lakes dairy products, Folger’s coffee, Libby’s and Crosse & Blackwell canned foods, Selmer and Yamaha musical instruments, Planter’s nuts and snacks and Scheaffer pens.

Technical, Office and Professional (TOP): The UAW represents a large and growing number of technical, office and professional workers at manufacturing companies as well as in the public sector, health care, schools and universities, telecommunications and news media. The UAW’s technical, office and professional members work in a wide range of occupations, including draftsmen, industrial designers, engineers, graphic designers and illustrators, computer specialists, health care professionals, social service workers, journalists and writers, curators and librarians, graduate teaching assistants and state and local government employees.

If you are interested in organizing your workplace with the UAW, contact our Organizing Department or call 1-800 2GET-UAW (1-800-243-8829). You’ll be connected to (or get a call back from) a UAW organizer who can answer questions and tell you what it takes to organize a union at your workplace.

If you’re in Canada, call 1-800-387-0538 to reach UAW Local 251, a Canadian UAW local union that helps Canadian workers organize.


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