Assistant Director Laura Dickerson
Laura Dickerson is the first African American woman in the history of the UAW to be promoted to Assistant Director of a Regional UAW Office. She was appointed Assistant Director of Region 1A in 2020. Region 1A covers most of Wayne County, Michigan, (including part of Detroit), Monroe County and Washtenaw County, and extends to the Ohio border.
Dickerson joined the UAW in 1997 as a member of UAW Local 600. She was elected Chairperson of her unit for three terms (2002-2010) and to the Bargaining team in 1999. She was elected delegate to the 34th and 35th UAW Constitutional Conventions and was selected to serve on the 35th UAW Constitutional Convention Resolutions Committee, where she was elected and served as Chairperson. Dickerson has served as President of the UAW Local 600 TOP Advisory Council and held an elected position on the UAW National CAP Advisory Council in 2010. She served on the 2011 Ford National Negotiations team and served as Project Manager for UAW Staff Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association (VEBA) transition in 2014. Dickerson served as UAW Staff Council Vice President, negotiating the Staff Council agreement in 2016 and 2020; and as the UAW-Ford Enhanced Care Program Pilot Lead in 2012.
As part of her many roles with Local 600 in Wayne County, she has been a regular volunteer in the Detroit Central United Methodist Church’s Feed the Homeless initiative, as well as the UAW-Ford’s Feed the Homeless project for Labor Day. A breast cancer survivor herself, Laura has been an avid participant in the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” for many years.
Laura holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Central Michigan University. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Industrial Supervision and Management with a minor in Industrial Safety, while her Master’s degree is in General Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration. She was honored with Women of Excellence Award from the Michigan Chronicle in April 2021.
Laura is an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW); Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU); and Michigan Democratic Party (MDP). She has also served on the CBTU Detroit Chapter Executive Board (2012) and is a newly elected State Central Delegate for the 14th Congressional District. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Laura resides in Farmington Hills, Michigan.