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UAW’s new president Sean Fein takes office on Sunday

About 141,000 members submitted their ballots in the runoff. first votedeciding the race, as none of the five original presidential candidates made it past 50 percent.

Fain is a disaffected union eager for change after years of illegitimate abuses of power by past leaders in a widespread corruption scandal that has damaged the union’s reputation and resulted in millions of dollars in losses. Candidates running on Fein’s reform bill won 7 of the 14 seats on the International Board of Directors, with independent candidates winning 8 and all seats on the Board. It gave members of the opposition a majority vote in important decisions.

They also led upcoming contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 automaker, pledging to end what they perceive as a cozy relationship between management and past union leaders. .

In separate runoff votes, incumbent Chuck Browning, a member of Curry’s leadership team, won the final vice-presidential slot, while reformer Daniel Vicente won the race to become Region 9’s director.

“We look forward to working together and leading our region into a new era,” Vicente said in a statement. “This election shows that our members are demanding change. A union that puts women and men at the forefront, shedding the business-managing style union that we have become and returning us to the struggling working-class UAW of the past.”

Fain becomes the fifth UAW leader in five years. Although he ran as a reformer, he has decades of experience in multiple leadership roles within the UAW, including ten years as an international representative.

He was part of the negotiating team with the Detroit 3 in 2009 and 2011.

“Regardless of what level I have served in this union, I have always put my members first,” Fain said when announcing his campaign last year. is sick and tired of seeing our union continue to lose ground in the most profitable years in the history of many companies.”

Curry, 57 carefully selected Partly because he was a young leader who could serve multiple terms, with Rory Gamble retiring in 2021. As president, he ultimately failed to shake the stigma of being part of the same leadership caucus that produced the former president – ​​Dennis Williams and convicted criminals like Gary Jones.

Curry said in a statement, “I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all UAW leaders and current and retired members for their support and solidarity over the years.” It’s been an honor for life.I promise to ensure this transition is smooth and chaos-free.I hope. [Fain], the entire UAW International Executive Committee, staff and administrative support, and membership in the UAW look forward to great success. ” UAW’s new president Sean Fein takes office on Sunday

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