The United Automobile Workers membership has grown to 400,000 people. This is the largest the union has been since 2008. UAW’s members include more than just auto workers. The union has successfully recruited members from higher education institutions, such as teaching assistants and graduate students at a number of universities, casino workers, and other non-traditional jobs well outside of the auto industry. At its peak, the UAW had about 650,000 members. This increase in membership results in an increase in dues, which translates into an increase in the replenished strike fund that the UAW has threatened to tap into during labor negotiations with the Big Three later this year.