Shawn Fain has served the UAW at every level for over 20 years, primarily for five terms as a Skilled Trades Committeeperson and Shop Chair at Local 1166 (Stellantis Kokomo Casting Plant), as well as 10 years as a UAW International Representative. Shawn has extensive experience with negotiations at the local and national level.
Shawn opposed the 3/2/120 schedule when it was initially launched in 2003 at Mack Engine Plant, as well as the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) agreements. He stood against ratifying the 2007 National agreement that implemented the two-tier system at Chrysler. Shawn also worked with other international staff and local leaders to stop the conductor initiative that threatened the livelihood of skilled trades workers that then-VP Norwood Jewell agreed to with Chrysler behind closed doors.
We cannot survive as an organization when we have the IEB leadership putting their own interests first while the membership continues to suffer. With the passing of the One Member One Vote referendum, for the first time in our union’s history, the membership has the power to determine who will lead us into our future, rather than the IEB getting together and picking our leaders for us. This is our shot for true reform of the UAW and putting the power and control of our union back in the hands of the membership by electing leaders who will be held accountable by the membership. Ultimately we can’t operate as separate entities with the IEB and their priorities on one end and the membership continuing to hemorrhage plants and job security on the other. We either elect new leadership and come together and move forward as one, or we continue following the same path to nowhere.
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