Director Gary Jones
Gary Jones was elected director of UAW Region 5 at the union’s 36th Constitutional Convention held in June 2014. Jones was first elected to serve as director of UAW Region 5 in a special election held Oct. 19, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo.
Jones, who was previously the region’s assistant director, filled the director’s position formerly held by Jim Wells, who died Sept. 27, 2012, and had led the region since 1995.
Region 5 serves UAW members and retirees in 17 states in the western and southwestern United States, including Missouri, California and Washington state.
A graduate of the University of Tulsa and a certified public accountant, Jones was appointed top administrative assistant to former UAW Secretary-Treasurer Roy Wyse in 1995. He continued to serve in that capacity to Secretary-Treasurers Ruben Burks and Elizabeth Bunn, until his appointment as Region 5 assistant director in 2004.
In 1990, former UAW President Owen Bieber and then-Secretary-Treasurer Bill Casstevens appointed Jones to the International staff. He was assigned to the union’s Accounting Department. A year later, Jones was named chief accountant of the UAW.
A UAW Local 1895 member, Jones was hired at Ford Motor Co.’s Glass plant in Broken Arrow, Okla., in 1975. He became a member of UAW Local 249 when he transferred to the Kansas City Ford Assembly Plant when the glass plant closed.
Jones is a lifetime member of the NAACP and various other civic and political organizations. Jones and his wife, Cindy, live in O’Fallon, Mo., where they are members of the First Baptist Church. They have two daughters and three granddaughters.