After successfully negotiating “record contracts” with the Big Three and obtaining approval from the majority of its members, the United Auto Workers (UAW) is determined to extend its efforts. The union aims to make another attempt at convincing the remaining workers in the U.S. auto industry to join their ranks. UAW President Shawn Fain expressed the commitment to undertake an unprecedented level of organization. As scholars specializing in labor studies and union finances, we recognize this as a substantial undertaking. The challenges include strong corporate resistance, particularly from figures like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, coupled with the substantial expenses associated with organizing campaigns in states such as Tennessee and Alabama, which implement “right-to-work” laws aimed at discouraging labor organizing.
The United Auto Workers’ upcoming agenda involves expanding its membership by enrolling additional workers from nonunion factories into its ranks.