Uaw Elects New Leader To Face Contract Talks Federal Probe

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DETROIT – The union that represents factory workers at the Detroit Three automakers elected regional director Gary Jones as its new president on Wednesday, ahead of tough 2019 contract talks likely to coincide with declining U.S. sales of new vehicles.

United Auto Workers officials gathered in a balloon-filled convention hall in Detroit elected Jones, head of the union’s Region 5 covering 17 western and southwestern states, to a four-year term as UAW president.

Jones, a certified public accountant, will have to lead the once powerful union through an expanding U.S. Justice Department investigation into alleged misspending at UAW union training centers, as well as contract negotiations next year with General Motors Co (GM.N), Ford Motor Co (F.N) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU.N) NV (FCHA.MI).




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