The once shrinking membership of the United Auto Workers union grew in 1998, and organizing efforts will continue to intensify at assembly plants and non-traditional UAW jobs, according to union President Stephen P. Yokich. Last year was the first time since 1989 that the UAW, which currently has some 770,000 active constituents, gained more members than it lost. Granted, U.S. automakers don't need workforces as large as previous generations due to advancing technology. But union ...

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