Mon. Dec 4th, 2023
Gerald Kariem was named vice president and director of the UAW Ford Department on Jan. 16, 2020

UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem, the key liaison to Ford Motor Co. for the labor union, announced Tuesday that he will end his term early and retire next month.

He plans to serve in his role through June 30. An appointment will be made to fulfill the balance of his term, which ends in June 2022.

Kariem, 65, of Saginaw stepped into the role as director of the UAW Ford Department in January 2020 after now-UAW President Rory Gamble suddenly was asked to accept a promotion amid scandal involving then-President Gary Jones and others.

The son of a foundry worker, Kariem worked on the assembly line at age 20. He built steering column housings at Saginaw Steering Gear in 1976.

Gerald Kariem joined Local 668 on the picket line for Solidarity Sunday during the UAW strike against GM in 2019.

For more than a year, he has handled daily labor issues and negotiations with the largest employer of UAW members in the industry. 

He worked with UAW and Ford to implement safety protocols for UAW members in the factories throughout the COVID-19 pandemic; has offered guidance and support during the manufacturing cutbacks triggered by a semiconductor shortage; engaged in ongoing discussions related to technology changes in the industry and implemented the 2019 collective bargaining agreement.

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