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 more than 390,000 active members and more than 600,000 retired members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
There are more than 750 local unions in the UAW. The UAW currently has 2,500 contracts with some 1,700 employers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
A unique strength of the UAW is the solidarity between its active and
retired members. A solid majority of the union's retirees stay actively
involved in the life of their union, participating in 703 retiree
chapters and playing a vital role in the UAW's community action program.
Since its founding in 1935, the UAW has consistently developed
innovative partnerships with employers and negotiated industry-leading
wages and benefits for its members. UAW members have benefited from a
number of collective bargaining breakthroughs, including:
- The first employer-paid health insurance plan for industrial workers.
- The first cost-of-living allowances.
- A pioneering role in product quality improvements.
- Landmark job and income security provisions.
- Comprehensive training and educational programs.
A VOICE FOR ALL
As impressive as it is, the UAW's success record at the bargaining
table is only part of the story. From our earliest days, the UAW has
been a leader in the struggle to secure economic and social justice for
all people. The UAW has been actively involved in every civil rights
legislative battle since the 1950s, including the campaigns to pass the
Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Fair
Housing Act, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988 and legislation to
prohibit discrimination against women, the elderly and people with
The UAW also has played a vital role in passing such landmark
legislation as Medicare and Medicaid, the Occupational Safety and Health
Act, the Employee Retirement Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
In Washington and state capitols, the UAW is fighting for better schools
for kids, secure health care and pensions for retirees, clean air and
water, tougher workplace health and safety standards, stronger worker's
compensation and unemployment insurance laws and fairer taxes.
The UAW's commitment to improve the lives of working men and women
extends beyond our borders to encompass people around the globe. Through
vigilant political involvement and coordination with world labor
organizations, we continue to fight for enforcement of trade agreement
provisions on human and worker rights, fair labor standards and a new
approach to international trade — one that raises the quality of life
for working people worldwide.
If you are interested in organizing your workplace with the UAW, e-mail our Organizing Department or call 1-800 2GET-UAW (1-800-243-8829).