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Dennis Williams
Dennis Williams was elected UAW president in June 2014 at the union’s 36th Constitutional Convention. Williams previously served as the union’s secretary-treasurer, elected at the UAW’s 35th Constitutional Convention in June 2010.
As secretary-treasurer, Williams was part of developing a long-term strategy for the union, supporting the membership and organizing the foreign-owned automakers in the United States. Williams was instrumental in turning around the relationship with Navistar Inc., bringing major investments into UAW facilities as well as organizing the Tulsa Bus plant.
His union experience has carried him through the many diverse sectors of the UAW, giving him broad knowledge and understanding that few ever have a chance to accomplish. Williams, a United States Marine Corp veteran, joined UAW Local 806 in 1977 at J.I. Case where he was a salvage welder. He was elected to the bargaining committee and as chairman.
In 1988, Williams was appointed as an International representative and assigned to the National Organizing Department. Besides organizing, his assignments included negotiating the first contract at Mitsubishi Motors North America in Bloomington, Ill. He also assisted in organizing Indiana state employees. He spent 2 1/2 years assisting members of Local 844 in Vermont, Ill., obtain a first contract. This worker justice campaign involved legal action and extensive mobilization of union members and community allies.
In 1992, Region 4 Director Bill Stewart assigned Williams to service locals in various sectors throughout the region, including Agricultural Implements, Independent Parts and Supplier (IPS), and Technical, Office and Professional (TOP). He also assisted in the negotiation and servicing of several national agreements, including J.I.Case. In June 1995, Williams was appointed as the assistant director of Region 4 by Regional Director Paul Korman, where he served until his election as director.
In 2001, he was elected UAW Region 4 Director at a special convention. He was re-elected in June 2002 and in June 2006 at the UAW Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas. Region 4 includes Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

A Voice for All
Since its founding in 1935, the UAW has consistently developed innovative partnerships with employers and negotiated industry-leading wages and benefits for its members. Members have benefited from a number of collective bargaining breakthroughs, including: (1) the first employer-paid health insurance plan for industrial workers; (2) the first cost-of-living allowances; (3) a pioneering role in product quality improvements; (4) landmark job and income security provisions; and, (5) comprehensive training and educational programs.
As impressive as it is, the UAW’s success record at the bargaining table is only part of the story. From its earliest days, the UAW has been a leader in the struggle to secure economic and social justice for all people. The UAW has been actively involved in every civil rights legislative battle since the 1950s, including the campaigns to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Fair Housing Act, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988 and legislation to prohibit discrimination against women, the elderly and people with disabilities.
The UAW also has played a vital role in passing such landmark legislation as Medicare and Medicaid, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Employee Retirement Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. In Washington and state capitols, the UAW fights for better schools for kids, secure health care and pensions for retirees, clean air and water, tougher workplace health and safety standards, stronger worker's compensation and unemployment insurance laws and fairer taxes.
The UAW’s commitment to improve the fives of working men and women extends beyond America's borders to encompass people around the globe. Through vigilant political involvement and coordination with world labor organizations, the UAW continues to fight for enforcement of trade agreement provisions on human and worker rights, fair labor standards and a new approach to international trade–one that raises the quality of life for working people worldwide.
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