Why you should care if the United Auto Workers Union is dead
Marick Masters, professor of management for Wayne State University’s School of Business Administration and director of Labor@Wayne, discussed the relevancy of the UAW in 2014. The United Auto Workers union is currently holding its constitutional convention in Detroit, at which delegates are expected to vote on a controversial dues hike. At the same time, there have been voices asking the question "Is the UAW dead?" In the 1970s, the UAW boasted a formidable membership of 1.6 million members. Today, the union has fewer than 390,000 members. Earlier this year, the union poured much effort into organizing workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. But more than 53 percent of those workers said, "no thanks."