Historic UAW Election Picks Reform Leader Who Vows More Aggressive Approach to Auto Negotiations
The UAW has a new leader, Shawn Fain, who is a member of the 'UAW Members United' reform group and local leader for a Stellantis parts plant in Indiana.
Parts plant in Indiana. In a Saturday statement, Fain thanked UAW members for voting in the election. "This election was more than a race between two candidate, it was a referendum about the direction of UAW. "I would like to thank all UAW staff, clerical support and leaders, and, most importantly, all active and retired members, for their many years of support. A federal monitor supervised the election and confirmed the results on Saturday night. Shawn Fain is running for president of the UAW. He will be competing against incumbent Ray Curry for that position.
Fain and the other members of his leadership team ran on the promise that there would be no corruption. The probe led to the conviction of 13 UAW officials, including two former presidents. Investors see UAW negotiations between the Detroit automakers as a short-term headwind that results in higher costs every four years. The UAW's change is happening against the backdrop of an organized labor movement that spans the country, a pro union president, and an industry that is making the transition to all electric vehicles.