With the vacancy created by the retirement of UAW Vice President and Director of the Ford Department Gerald Kariem, the UAW International Executive Board has unanimously elected UAW Region 1A Director Chuck Browning, 57, to fill the remainder of Kariem’s term, which ends in June 2022. Browning will officially assume his new role on July 1, 2021.
Browning was elected Region 1A Director in 2018 after current President Rory L. Gamble won election as a UAW Vice President. Previously, Browning had a long-distinguished career serving the UAW membership starting in 1987 as a member of Local 3000 at the then Mazda Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.
“I look forward to hitting the ground running in my new role. I can’t tell you how thankful I am to the members and staff of Region 1A for these last few years,” said Browning. “Together, we have focused on member services, contracts and our community, and I’m proud to say we have built a team atmosphere. It has been an absolute privilege to serve my brothers and sisters in Region 1A. I am committed to continuing that service and support to the membership and our communities in my new role.”
Browning is a veteran bargainer who has served as an Administrative Assistant and in the top non-elected position within the UAW. His duties have included oversight of collective bargaining, organizing, constitutional administration and oversight of UAW department heads.
Browning has held numerous elected positions in Local 3000 including committeeman, bargaining committee member and eventually plant chair where he guided the transition of the Mazda Plant to a UAW-Ford plant.
Browning was born and raised in downriver Michigan. He and his wife Leslie have three children, Elizabeth, Andrew and Rebecca and one grandchild.
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