In 2023, unions added 139,000 members, but the share of the U.S. workforce that's unionized declined from the year before due to even faster growth in nonunion jobs.
With voting nearly complete, long-time workers should soon see pay rise by about 33%, while some newer workers and temps will see their pay more than double. Final tallies are expected this weekend.
Even with pay raises of 25% and other improvements on the table, a large share of General Motors autoworkers are voting to reject the contract reached after a nearly seven-week strike.
Big 3 autoworkers are voting on the record contracts that emerged after the six-week auto strike. While the overall tallies so far favor the deals, a majority voted no at two major truck plants.
After a six-week strike, the United Auto Workers union reached record contract deals with Ford, General Motors and Stellantis. But as workers vote on the deals, some say it's not enough.
Hyundai has joined Honda and Toyota in raising factory worker wages after the United Auto Workers union reached new contract agreements with Detroit automakers. Hyundai said Monday that it will raise factory worker pay 25% by 2028. That matches the general wage increase won by the UAW during that period.
Here's what the UAW's lucrative contract might mean for workers, companies and car buyers.
The tentative deal — which needs to be approved by members — comes less than a week after the union struck a similar deal with Ford. Meanwhile, the union is expanding its strike against GM.
This has been a watershed year. So far in 2023, there have been 22 major strikes: 17 at companies, making it the largest number of strikes in the private sector since 2011.
The United Auto Workers union expanded its strike against the automaker Stellantis, calling on 6,800 workers at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant outside Detroit to walk out Monday morning.
Five weeks into the autoworkers' strike against Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, the automakers have significantly increased their offers but UAW leader Shawn Fain says there's still room to move.
At its peak, the United Auto Workers union had 1.5 million members. Today, the "A" in UAW might as well include academia, as roughly 100,000 of the union's 383,000 members work in higher education.
Retirement security remains a sticking point in the ongoing talks between the United Auto Workers union and the Big 3 automakers. The union wants to see a return of pensions and retiree health care.
A month after auto workers first walked off the job, UAW President Shawn Fain said the union will be ready to call for an expansion of its strike against Big Three automakers at any time.
The surprise move took down the largest and most profitable Ford plant in the world. The sprawling factory makes pricey heavy-duty F-Series pickup trucks and large Ford and Lincoln SUVs.