DETROIT — The UAW’s International Executive Board on Thursday named Gerald Kariem vice president and director of the Ford department, freeing up former UAW-Ford Vice President Rory Gamble to concentrate on his role as president.
Kariem, 63, has been director of the union’s Region 1D in Michigan since 2010. He’s been a union member since 1976, when he began working at Saginaw Steering Gear.
“Gerald brings a wealth of leadership in contract implementation, and he will be able to pick up on the recently ratified Ford contract,” Gamble said in a statement. “His experience in implementing the merger of Regions 1C and 1D and building teamwork through his leadership will be invaluable as we implement reforms within the UAW.”
The union said that Assistant Director Steve Dawes will be Region 1D’s point of contact until delegates from the region’s locals meet to elect a new leader. No timetable was given.
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