UAW Vice President Norwood H. Jewell
Norwood H. Jewell was elected a UAW Vice President at the union’s 36th Constitutional Convention in June 2014. Previously, he served as director of UAW Region 1C after being elected at the 35th UAW Constitutional Convention in June 2010.
Jewell was appointed Assistant Director of Region 1C in June 2006 at the union’s 34th Constitutional Convention by President Ron Gettelfinger. The region covered an 11-county area of south central Michigan.
A UAW Local 659 member since 1976, Jewell worked at the General Motors Co. Flint Metal Fabricating plant. He started on the production line before becoming active in the union in 1988.
His union activism led to various elected positions at the local, beginning with alternate committeeman in 1988. He was elected committeeperson in 1990 and district and shop committeeperson in 1991. He was re-elected to district and shop committeeperson in 1993 and elected shop committeeperson-at-large in 1994. Local union members elected him to chair the bargaining committee at Flint Metal Center in 1996 and again in 1999. Jewell was a key figure during the historic strike of 1998 between the UAW and GM.
As a member of Sub-council 4, Jewell was elected top negotiator in 1998 and re-elected to the post in 1999. That year, he served as a member of the National Negotiating Team for the UAW-GM 1999 national negotiations.
In 2000, UAW President Stephen P. Yokich appointed Jewell to serve as an International representative under the direction of Vice President Richard Shoemaker. Vice President Shoemaker assigned Jewell to the UAW-GM Health and Safety Department as a plant auditor for the GM Truck Assembly plants, and co-chair of the UAW-GM/Delphi Ergonomics Program. Jewell was reassigned to service American Axle and Manufacturing under the direction of Vice President Cal Rapson in 2002. In 2004 Jewell was reassigned to Region 1C as a servicing representative with GM, IPS and TOP assignments in both Lansing and Flint.
In 2010, Jewell was elected as an officer-at-large for the Michigan Democratic Party. He was elected as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention and cast one of Michigan’s 16 electoral votes for Barack Obama in December of that year. He is an executive committee member of the Genesee County Democratic Party and served as precinct delegate for many years. He currently serves as a member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Board of Directors, several charitable boards, and other organizations.
Jewell, who directs the union’s National Chrysler, Heavy Truck, Agricultural Implement and General Dynamic Departments; Jewell is a member of the Democratic National Committee, a National Board member of A. Philip Randolph Institute. He is a proud member of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, the Coalition of Labor Union Women and a silver lifetime member of the NAACP.
He enjoys spending time with his four children, Tabatha, Derik, Wes, and Justin and his grandchildren.