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Buy union! Check out UAW’s list of union-made 2014 vehicles

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If you want to support good jobs by making sure the car you buy is made by union members, check out the UAW’s list of union-made vehicles. It features a variety of quality, fuel-efficient vehicles along with a number of new additions that represent new jobs for America’s workers.

UAWAs a result of 2011 bargaining between the UAW and Ford, Fusion sedans are being made at the Flat Rock, Mich., assembly plant. The Fusion was previously made only in Mexico. Also, the Ford Transit Connect van, insourced from Europe, is now being produced at the Kansas City assembly plant in Claycomo, Mo. The Chevrolet Equinox is being made for the first time in Spring Hill, Tenn., as a result of 2011 bargaining between the UAW and General Motors. Also new on the list are GM’s Cadillac ELR hybrid/electric-powered luxury sports car and the revival of the Jeep Cherokee. MPG-conscious consumers might also take a look at Ford’s C-Max hybrid plug-in and Focus electric models, which are made at the Michigan assembly plant in Wayne, Mich.

UAW President Bob King says that in 2011, UAW members won investment and product commitments that led to some real increases in jobs for UAW members and others in jobs that support the auto industry throughout the United States.

We continue to see the results from that round of bargaining and will continue to press for more jobs for communities that are still recovering from the economic recession.

As for consumers, King says, “There’s plenty to choose from on this list, no matter what kind of vehicle you are looking for.” He adds:

Be assured that when you buy any car on this list that you are doing the utmost to support decent-paying jobs in communities across the United States.

The list also includes Canadian-assembled vehicles built by members of Unifor, formerly the Canadian Auto Workers union, because they include significant UAW-made content and support the jobs of UAW members.

See the list here and download a printable version of the list here.

AFL-CIO Now contributed to this report.

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