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Michigan AFL-CIO Delegates Elect Ron Bieber As New President

Daryl Newman re-elected to second term as Secretary-Treasurer

Daryl Newman, Ron Bieber being sworn in as officers of the Michigan AFL-CIODETROIT – The delegates of the Michigan AFL-CIO’s biennial convention elected Ron Bieber to serve as President of the state labor federation today, following the retirement of President Karla Swift. Bieber previously served as Director of the UAW’s Community Action Program. The delegates of the Michigan AFL-CIO convention also voted today to re-elect Daryl Newman as Secretary-Treasurer, who will serve for a second four-year term.

“As President of the Michigan AFL-CIO, my goal will be to make sure all working people have a voice on the job, and in Lansing and Washington,” said incoming President Ron Bieber. “It’s time for our elected leaders to get the right priorities, and stop the attacks on working families. Moving forward, the Michigan AFL-CIO will continue to work year-round with our affiliates and members to hold politicians accountable, and make sure both parties are working together to build an economy that works for everyone, and not just the folks at the top.”

Ron Bieber is a third-generation UAW member, and the son of former UAW President Owen Bieber. Prior to serving as CAP Director, Bieber served as Assistant Director of the UAW’s General Motors Department. Bieber joined UAW Local 730 at age 18, after hiring into General Motors Metal Fabricating plant in Wyoming, Michigan. He currently lives in Warren with his wife, Patti.

“Ron and I have been trade union activists together in the Michigan labor movement for over three decades, and he’s always been a fierce advocate for Michigan’s working families,” said former President Karla Swift. “I am confident that despite all the challenges we face, the labor movement’s mission to give all working people a strong voice will continue under Ron’s leadership for many years to come.”

Swift was the first woman to serve as President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. She was elected to lead the state labor federation in 2011.

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