CFL News
January 09, 2012

The 2012 UAW Union-Built Vehicles List

America's "big three" auto manufacturers posted increases in sales last year. Support American auto workers by purchasing a union-built vehicle using this guide from the UAW


Consumers seem to be in a car-buying mood, and that’s great news. There’s something for every taste on the 2012 UAW Union-Built Vehicle Buying List. (pdf)

In addition to buying a high-quality vehicle, know that when you and your family, friends and neighbors buy a vehicle assembled by the UAW or our Canadian Auto Worker brothers and sisters, you are participating in our economic revival.

The economic impact of a purchase from this list is measured not only in the jobs saved and created at domestic assembly, stamping and power train facilities, but in the jobs at thousands of suppliers, in tens of thousands of small businesses in communities, and in the many jobs that depend on municipal and state income taxes.

“We know there’s a great spin-off effect when consumers buy union-made vehicles,” said UAW President Bob King. “President Obama clearly understood this when he decided to help the domestic auto industry in its darkest hours. Now, the domestic auto industry is leading the way in bringing America back from the recession.”

Indeed, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are likely to add 30,000 hourly and salaried employees in the United States by 2015, according to the Center for Automotive Research. Total employment for all U.S. automakers and suppliers will increase over the next four years by about 28 percent, or from 590,000 to 756,000, according to the center.

And at Mitsubishi, where UAW members have proudly assembled more than 3 million vehicles at its Normal, Ill., plant in the last three decades, 1,100 workers will keep churning out union-built vehicles thanks to a contract negotiated in 2010 that is good for the workers, good for the corporation and good for the community.

Of course, there are plenty of “green” cars, starting with the electric Chevrolet Volt and including many models from all automakers that get excellent gas mileage, such as the Ford Escape Hybrid, the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, and Jeep Patriot Latitude. 

The 2012 includes CAW-assembled vehicles because these vehicles contain a great deal of U.S. sourced components. The CAW, like the UAW, believes workers – not the corporations -- should have the right to determine whether or not they want a union.

The list is available here, and a database is available on Small, wallet-sized cards will soon be distributed to local unions. Share them with friends, family and neighbors with this message: The keys to change our collective economic fortunes are in our hands. The best way to do that is to support decent-paying, union jobs right here in America. These jobs support millions of other jobs. That multiplier effect is what will help rev up our economic engine.