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It will expand in the casino business, which is heavily regulated. Casinos will partner with the UAW to take advantage of the union’s political clout. (For example, in the Mulhall case recently before the courts, casino management agreed to unionize in return for a union’s help in passing a slot-machine referendum.)

Many casinos are run by Indian tribes that lack business experience and prize “labor peace.” Gambling is also an area where some unions’ traditional links to organized crime are particularly useful.

The UAW will also expand into the health care industry, now increasingly under government control. Health care businesses will find it very useful to have unions in their corner.

Providers of home-based care, many of them paid partially or fully by government programs, will be brought into the UAW. When Jennifer Granholm was Michigan’ governor, she did unions’ bidding by concocting a shell corporation to serve as the employer of these persons; then, she declared them state employees and called a unionization election conducted by mail.

As labor expert Mallory Factor observes, the vast majority of “workers” didn’t know they were being unionized. Michigan home child-care provider Peggy Mashke explained, “I received a notice in the mail from the UAW congratulating me on my new membership. I was kind of shocked.”

Another UAW target: colleges and universities, where leftist orthodoxy rules. Recently, almost 6,000 “post docs” — newly minted PhDs working as research assistants and the like — organized under the UAW, bringing the union’s membership among higher-education personnel to some 40,000.

Some commentators have declared the UAW near-dead after Chattanooga. However, the UAW is implacable and adaptable. As the United Something-or-other Workers, it may be with us for generations to come.

Terrence Scanlon is president of the Capital Research Center in Washington, D.C.