The UAW meetings are being called amid swirling speculation about the future of UAW Vice President General Holiefield, head of the union's Chrysler division. (Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News)
United Auto Workers President Bob King told local union leaders Tuesday that rumors that UAW Vice President General Holiefield was resigning were false.
Holiefield heads the union’s Chrysler division. Speculation about his future has been rampant at Chrysler Group LLC factories since last week.
On Tuesday, King met with local presidents and plant chairmen from UAW Region 1. That region includes Detroit and the east side of the Detroit metropolitan area. A similar meeting was called for Wednesday for the leaders of Region 1A, which includes the downriver and west-side areas.
UAW spokeswoman Michele Martin told The Detroit News that the meetings were previously scheduled, but some local leaders said they were only informed about them Tuesday and were told attendance was mandatory.
“The point of the meeting was to talk to local union leaders about how to better engage our membership to prepare for collective bargaining,” Martin said. The next round of collective bargaining is not scheduled to begin until 2015.
“During the meeting, Bob King addressed the rumors about General Holiefield. He reassured them that Vice President Holiefield is still with the UAW and is still a vice president,” Martin said. “We will be working together to address any issues in his assignment.”
Chrysler declined to comment on the issue, which it characterized as an internal union matter.