Holiefield ((Max Ortiz/The Detroit News))
United Auto Workers Vice President General Holiefield is taking a leave of absence from the union, according to an email sent to local leaders by UAW President Bob King on Thursday.
“This is to advise you that General Holiefield has requested and will be on a leave of absence from the union,” King said in the email, a copy of which was obtained by The Detroit News. “As a result of General’s leave, effective immediately, responsibilities for his bargaining assignments are being transferred to the International President Office. My office shall have responsibility for Chrysler, General Dynamics and heavy truck departments.”
The move comes a month after Holiefield — the head of the union’s Chrysler, General Dynamics and heavy trucks divisions — accidentally shot his wife, Monica Morgan, in their Harrison Township home. Holiefield pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless use of a firearm on Jan. 15.
“The officers and I value the dedication, commitment and leadership General has shown to our union and membership,” King wrote. “We wish him and his family the best during his leave.”
Holiefield, who has been at the center of swirling rumors within the union for months, announced in November that he would retire from the UAW when his term ends this summer.
Holiefield’s wife, who was shot in the stomach, underwent emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. Under the terms of his plea, the charge against Holiefield will be dropped if he is not charged with any new criminal activity in the next six months.