Another flash from Joe Polimeni’s auto files:
United Auto Workers President Owen Bieber (R), shies away from a piece of cake as Union Secretary-Treasurer Ray Majerus tries to give him a taste during the celebration of the Union’s 50th anniversary 8/26/85.
With the auto industry’s time honored contract talks scheduled to open next week, the United Auto Workers will begin negotiations with Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. As they celebrated their Golden Anniversary, the UAW’s membership was approximately 1,200,000. Twenty-six years later, membership has plummeted to roughly 325,000.