UAW Names Rory Gamble New President

WWJ News
December 05, 2019 - 1:15 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - The United Auto Workers union has named Rory Gamble as its new president.

Gamble, who had been acting president, will finish the term of Gary Jones, who stepped down two weeks ago amid a federal investigation into corruption in the UAW.

Berkley labor expert Harley Shaiken said he's a natural choice labor union which represents workers in auto, aircraft and agricultural implement manufacturing in the U.S. and Canada.

"Rory Gamble's got a 40-year career in the union, he's highly respected, and he's got the skill, the experience and the conviction to really take charge right now," Shaiken said. "He's got a big challenge, and he's both aware of that and I think really ready to do it. He's shown that by the early weeks of acting president."

Gamble said he's committed to restoring trust in the embattled union.  

“Together, our members, local leaders and our Board have an opportunity to set the UAW on a course for generations,” said Gamble, in a statement. “There are many opportunities through new technology; new jobs; new organizing drives and collective bargaining gains to lift up our families, our communities and the middle class. We are in this together as we work through these changes and challenges.

The current UAW Presidential term runs until 2022.

This comes a day after a retired UAW vice president pleaded guilty to corruption charges, admitting he received a $250,000 kickback after arranging a contract for 58,000 watches.Joe Ashton led the union's General Motors department until July 2014 and also had a seat on the automaker's board.

In all, ten people with ties to the UAW have been charged in the corruption investigation. Eight of them have pleaded guilty. Jones was implicated, but thus far not charged in the probe.  Separately, three people who worked at Fiat Chrysler have been convicted.