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    :: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 ::

    Unions struggle in a new world - GANNETT NEWS SERVICE, Asbury Park Press, NJ
    The UAW, one of the most visible unions in the United States, is an example of what's happening in the manufacturing sector. With 550,000 members, the UAW is about one-third the size it was in the late 1970s and figures to lose more members in the next few years.

    Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. are cutting about 30,000 hourly workers each. Dozens of auto suppliers, including Delphi Corp., Collins & Aikman Corp. and Tower Automotive Inc. are working their way through bankruptcy court and looking to cut their hourly work force.

    Jason Craig, a 33-year-old UAW worker at a Chrysler Group warehouse in Warren, Mich., hates to see union strength fall in Michigan, a beachhead in the labor movement for more than 100 years. Craig, who has five uncles and a brother-in-law in the UAW, frequently hops out of his Dodge Ram to join the picket lines of other unions.

    'I don't care if they're picketing a lemonade stand,' he said. 'I'm going to get out and walk with them.'
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