Dittes will enter negotiations after being appointed a vice president in January 2018. He was originally chosen to oversee the union's Fiat Chrysler department following the retirement of Norwood Jewell, who has since been charged and pleaded guilty in an ongoing corruption scandal. The following June, Dittes was re-elected at the union's bargaining convention and tapped to run the GM department.
GM VP, global manufacturing
Johnson was appointed to his current title in April. He leads GM's global manufacturing operations, manufacturing engineering and labor relations organizations. He was previously vice president of North American manufacturing and labor relations.
Gamble, a UAW veteran, enters his first round of negotiations as a vice president following the retirement of longtime UAW-Ford VP Jimmy Settles. Before his current role, he served three terms as director of UAW Region 1A. He was on the UAW-Ford national negotiating team in both 1998 and 2003, according to the union.
Ford VP, labor affairs
Dirksen has held his current role since January 2014, leading the company's negotiations during the last round of contract talks. He's responsible for global labor policy and negotiations covering Ford's approximately 140,000 union employees. Additionally, he is responsible for hourly employee health care management and the company's collective bargaining with unions worldwide, according to Ford.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Estrada, the union's top-ranking female official, will oversee negotiations with Fiat Chrysler for the first time this year after previously leading the union's General Motors department. She was first elected UAW vice president in 2010 and assigned to direct the union's independents, parts and supplier/competitive shop department; public sector and health care servicing department and women's department.
FCA VP, head of employee relations
Shagena has served in his current position since 2015. He's the lead representative for a number of functions, including labor relations; integrated health care & disability; retirement & savings; manufacturing HR/ER; occupational safety & health; FCA Mexico & FCA Canada HR/ER; labor economics & benefit finance; & the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center.