I'm really curious as to why the UAW is still politically relevant...

given that their membership rolls have followed the same trajectory as the GDP of Cuba and the stock of the average typewriter manufacturer:
UAW membership over time

LaborUnionReport’s excellent piece (read it for yourself) on the UAW’s current troubles got me thinking about this.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all, given the way they’re hemorrhaging members(and hence dues and payroll PAC contributions) to see them completely marginalized by the 2012 presidential election (perhaps outside of Michigan and Ohio, that is).