UAW approves deal with GM

UAW approves deal with GM

DETROIT, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The United Auto Workers said rank-and-file members approved a four-year contract with U.S. automaker General Motors with a 64 percent majority.
UAW nominates Bob King for president

UAW nominates Bob King for president

DETROIT, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The United Auto Workers nominating team in Detroit said it unanimously selected Bob King to replace retiring UAW President Ron Gettelfinger.
UAW membership down 7 percent

UAW membership down 7 percent

DETROIT, April 1 (UPI) -- The United Auto Workers union said membership fell 7 percent in 2008, as job losses in the automotive industry cut into its ranks.

UAW's Gettelfinger will step down in 2010

DETROIT, March 19 (UPI) -- United Auto Workers leader Ron Gettelfinger said Thursday the June 2010 UAW convention would mark his last day as the powerful U.S. union's president.

Ford and union agree to stock option

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers union said they agreed the company could pay half its contribution to a healthcare trust in company stock.

Majority oppose more automaker loans

DETROIT, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A phone survey found that a majority of likely voters indicated they would oppose additional government loans to U.S automakers.

UAW leader satisfied with bailout progress

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The president of the United Automobile Workers said Sunday he is optimistic Congress will approve a bailout plan for U.S. automakers this week.

Canadian auto union backs UAW concessions

TORONTO, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The head of the Canadian Auto Workers union says he completely backs concessions offered by the United Auto Workers union in the United States.

UAW leaders to discuss concessions

DETROIT, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The United Auto Workers union has called for an emergency meeting to discuss possible concessions it could make to keep U.S. automakers going, sources said.

UAW chief pleads for federal auto bailout

DETROIT, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Domestic autoworkers won't be the only ones to suffer if the three U.S. automakers don't receive federal assistance now, a union leader said Thursday.

UAW taps former GM exec on merger talks

DETROIT, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Former General Motors Corp. executive Steve Girsky has been hired by the United Auto Workers union to advise it on automaker merger talks, sources say.

UAW blasts McCain for buying foreign cars

DETROIT, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The president of the United Auto Workers hammered U.S. Republican presidential nominee John McCain over his claims he only buys American cars.

UAW, American Axle reach agreement

DETROIT, May 17 (UPI) -- The United Auto Workers and American Axle were optimistic Saturday they have struck a deal to end a nearly 12-week walkout at the Detroit manufacturer.

Michigan Dems weigh delegate proposals

LANSING, Mich., May 6 (UPI) -- Democratic leaders in Michigan are mulling two plans that would allow the state's delegates to be seated at the party's national convention, officials said.

Union and American Axle to resume talks

DETROIT, April 8 (UPI) -- The United Auto Workers and American Axle agreed to resume negotiations to end a strike begun Feb. 29, UAW officials in the United States said.
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Ron Gettelfinger
United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger speaks during a luncheon summit about "The Future of the Domestic Auto Industry" on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2007. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Ronald A. Gettelfinger (born August 1, 1944) is the current chief president of the industrial union United Auto Workers. He has held the position since 2002.

Gettelfinger started his union involvement in 1964 in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Louisville Assembly Plant run by Ford Motor Company while working as a chassis line repairman. The workers at Ford's Louisville Assembly plant elected Gettelfinger to represent them as committeeperson, bargaining chair and president. He was elected president of local union 862 in 1984. In 1987, he became a member of the Ford-UAW bargaining committee. Afterwards, he held other positions: director of UAW Region 3 and the UAW chaplaincy program. For six years he served as the elected director of UAW Region 3, which represents UAW members in Indiana and Kentucky, before being elected a UAW vice president in 1998. Gettelfinger was elected to his first term as president of the UAW at the 33rd Convention in 2002. He was elected to a second term on June 14, 2006, at the UAW's 34th Convention in Las Vegas. On March 19, 2009, Gettelfinger announced he intended to retire at the end of his term and would not run for reelection in 2010.

Gettelfinger is an outspoken advocate for national single-payer health care in the United States. Under Gettelfinger’s leadership, the UAW has lobbied for fair trade agreements that include provisions for workers’ rights and environmental provisions; and the union has loudly criticized what it calls "the corporate global chase for the lowest wage which creates a race to the bottom that no workers, in any country, can win". He has spoken against offering any additional worker concessions until the current contract expires in 2011. Some analysts contend that this stance contributed to the bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler.

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