Here’s the stat of the week (from this WSJ article  on the auto industry): UAW membership is only 190,000 workers. That’s a typical number of net jobs created for the economy. The chart shows the change since 2003. It’s a dramatic decrease. But the really interesting number is 1979. In 1979  there were 1.5 MILLION UAW members. What an economic transformation, driven by productivity and Japanese competition.