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Despite COVID-19 and scandal, UAW income and strike fund grow with steady membership

Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press on

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The average membership in 2020 on Dec. 31 was 397,073, reflecting the loss of dues-paying members by 1,756 from the same date a year earlier.

Rory Gamble, president of the UAW, has assured members that the organization is financially strong and growing. The UAW estimated this photo is from 2014.

Highlights of what the UAW has provided the Department of Labor, which audits financial reports annually as part of its oversight role, included:

The UAW will report to the U.S. Department of Labor that its average membership held steady from 2019 to 2020 at nearly 400,000, a reflection of the workers current on dues payment on the last day of the year, the Free Press has learned.

This despite the fact that industries were disrupted and closed for long periods of time because of the coronavirus pandemic, and many people survived on unemployment without additional union pay. Casino workers who belong to the UAW were hit especially hard, said UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg.

The average membership in 2020 on Dec. 31 was 397,073, reflecting the loss of dues-paying members by 1,756 from the same date a year earlier.

 

Highlights of what the UAW has provided the Department of Labor, which audits financial reports annually as part of its oversight role, included:

Net income for 2020 was $12.7 million, up $1.2 million The Strike and Defense Fund balance was $790 million, up $51 million Travel expenses dropped $3 million Meeting expenses dropped $1.5 million

Expenses were low because of a moratorium on most travel and in-person meetings implemented by UAW President Rory Gamble, Rothenberg said. He didn't immediately have access to the overall 2019 data for comparison.

The UAW did send an estimated 500 members to Washington, D.C. in January 2020 to meet with policymakers for its annual political outreach, and the union's travel ban went into effect as COVID-19 worsened. Any travel done after that was deemed essential, Rothenberg said.

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