Who we are
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.
Local 245 received its charter on December 10, 1942 and became the local for all members at the Dearborn Laboratories. Over the years the facility was renamed to be called the Ford Research and Engineering Center. Research and Engineering remains the largest unit at Local 245 still today. In 1972 the Ford Air Transportation unit was added to Local 245 becoming the first group of salaried employees to be unionized and under the Master Agreement at Ford. The Air Transport Unit did not survive the auto industry troubles of 2008-2009 and Ford did close that particular hangar during the Congressional Testimony that year.
In 1982 the Edison Institute, or The Henry Ford as it is know today, became organized and part of the Local 245 family. In 1999 Troy Design and Manufacturing was organized and became part of Local 245. In 2008 Premeir or Voith as they are known today as well as International Quality Control joined Local 245. June 1, 2015 we welcomed Caravan as our 7th unit. We have currently over 1,400 working members in 6 units.
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 disabilities.
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).