• The United Auto Workers (“UAW”) membership increased by 4,107 in 2011, according to its LM-2 form filed with the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards. The UAW reported that in 2011 it had 380,719 members, up from 376,612 members in 2010, which is the first increase in UAW membership since 2004. The increase is partly attributable to the rebound of the U.S. auto industry, with General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., and Chrysler Group LLC increasing production capacity and workers.
  • Mark Ayers the president of the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department (“BCTD”), died on April 8. Ayers was 63 years old. Ayers had served as president of the BCTD since September, 2007. BCTD’s Governing Board of Presidents unanimously elected Sean McGarvey to serve as the next president. McGarvey had been serving his second five-year term as BCTD’s secretary-treasurer.
  • AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka, criticized the excessive amount CEOs are getting paid and called on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out the Dodd-Frank Act’s requirement that public companies disclose CEO compensation along with the pay of average employees.