Auto workers union picks Gary Jones as new president
DETROIT (AP) — Members of the United Auto Workers union have elected regional director Gary Jones as the organization’s new president.
Jones was picked in a roll-call vote Wednesday at the union’s 2018 constitutional convention in Detroit.
He’ll take over a 400,000-member union that’s facing a federal investigation in a corruption scandal involving a worker training center run jointly by Fiat Chrysler and the union. The UAW also has had trouble organizing at factories in the South run by foreign-based automakers.
But its finances have stabilized under President Dennis Williams, who is retiring.
Jones is a certified public accountant and was director of the UAW’s regional office in St. Louis. His four-year term begins Thursday.
Ray Curry, a regional director from Tennessee, was named secretary-treasurer. Current Vice President Cindy Estrada was re-elected. She’ll be joined by new vice presidents Rory Gamble and Terry Dittes. Gamble was a regional leader in Michigan, while Dittes led a regional office based in New York.