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UAW Swears in Fain as President Ahead of Auto Contract Talks

The United Auto Workers (UAW) union has sworn in Shawn Fain as its new president.

This completes the union’s first-ever direct election of top leadership, UAW said in a statement on March 26. Fain defeated former UAW president Ray Curry.

Fain on Monday delivered a message to the delegates on day one of the 2023 UAW Special Bargaining Convention.

“We’re here to come together to ready ourselves for the war against our one and only true enemy: multi-billion dollar corporations and employers that refuse to give our members their fair share,” he said.

Fain’s militant stance comes during a big year for contract negotiations. The UAW’s current contract with the “Big Three” Detroit-area automakers – Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis (previously Chrysler) – was negotiated in 2019. It expires on Sept. 14.

By Ethan Bernard,

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