Gary Jones, 60, was elected UAW president, beginning his four-year term as head of more than 400,000 union members. Jones was director of the union's regional office in St. Louis and is a certified public accountant.
Jones succeeded Dennis Williams, who was elected to lead the union in June 2014 and barred by union rules from seeking re-election because he turned 65. Williams' tenure saw UAW membership grow by 27,405 from 2014 to 2017. Williams has not been named or charged by investigators in the UAW-FCA scandal.
Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labor and economics at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., told Automotive News the union won't have an easy time bargaining as U.S. sales soften.
"I think next year's not going to be a cakewalk. We are many years into this long recovery in the auto industry," Dziczek said. "We're on a sales plateau. Many of the actions taken by the government and other factors may be tipping us into a downturn."
Dziczek said it is hard to tell whether the three vice presidents will be able to repair any rifts between the union's leadership and rank-and-file workers while the federal investigation remains open.