Detroit News: Marick Masters on incoming UAW president
Incoming United Auto Workers President Ray Curry, the union’s fourth leader in roughly three years, might be inheriting one of the toughest jobs in Detroit. Faced with six years of federal oversight of the union following a years-long corruption investigation, the new president elevated from its old guard will be tasked with navigating the disruption of electrification to autoworker jobs and rebuilding the union's credibility. Curry "brings a wealth of talent and experience to (the) position and will further the efforts made by Rory Gamble to restore trust in the union," said Marick Masters, a professor at Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business. Experts say it also will be important for the UAW, as it emerges from the corruption scandal and after high turnover among top officials in recent years, to establish a leadership team for the long run. "Having had several international presidents in recent years, the UAW needs to settle on a longer-term leader who will position it to deal with the massive challenges facing it and the industry in the years ahead," Masters said.