UAW's Estrada takes over as lead negotiator for Fiat Chrysler workers
General Motors are losing their longtime lead negotiator in a surprising move by the UAW leadership mere hours after members elected a new president and a slate of officers.
UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, who represented the UAW with GM since 2014, will now represent the union with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and will also head the UAW's Women's Department, said new union President Gary Jones.
"Vice President Estrada has done organizing, she's done General Motors department, now she's got the Chrysler department," said Jones, as Estrada stood beside him during an afternoon press conference. "She's well-rounded and well-suited for the job."
Estrada was the first woman to lead the UAW's GM department.
Meet the labor leader who will face off with GM Jones said GM had no say in the UAW's decision to move Estrada.The UAW has long had a Women’s Department that focuses on research, training and workplace policy, a UAW spokesman said.
Vice President Terry Dittes will be assigned to General Motors and Rory Gamble to Ford. Ray Curry, the union’s secretary-treasurer, will cover accounting, General Dynamics and heavy truck.
Jones told members at the 37th Constitutional Convention in Detroit that he was honored and reminded members of the UAW's core values.
"When faced with bridges, we will remember standing on the overpass on Miller Road, Gate 4, in the Ford River Rouge complex," Jones said to cheers, citing a historic confrontation in 1937.
Every four years, the UAW holds a
Constitutional Convention where
delegates adopt resolutions that
set the union’s position on
important workplace and societal
issues, decide constitutional
changes, and elect officers and
Local union members elect their convention delegates. Local
union delegate numbers and votes are based on membership
WELCOME TO THE 37TH CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IN DETROIT
It’s clear that we need to reinvigorate our commitment to solidarity for the fights ahead. I’ve seen the changes taking place in our country. The way politicians have abandoned the cause of working people to serve the needs of the wealthy donors that fund their campaigns. This means that when we fight the companies — we have always had to fight the companies — we do it in a more hostile environment. When the UAW was becoming the great union it is today, we lived with a more level playing field and unions were able to fight for a more equal distribution of income. We live in a different world today, one that more closely resembles the days before the Great Depression, but we still have a great union with a determination to fight for working people. Together we can win this fight!