Detroit – Delegates elected by Local Unions in UAW Region 1 met Thursday and elected James Harris as Regional Director.

Harris hails from UAW Local 1700, Stellantis Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP). “It is a great honor to represent Region 1 members, retirees and their families,” said Harris. “Our focus will continue to be on representing and servicing our members and creating a family of solidarity to achieve gains in our contracts and grow our union.”

Harris fills a vacancy left by the election of Frank Stuglin as UAW Secretary-Treasurer on July 28. Harris has served as Assistant Director of the region since June 2018.

“We built a strong program that focuses on a member-based approach,” said Stuglin. “James Harris will continue that Region 1 legacy of putting members and retirees first.”

Harris began his career in 1994 and was elected Chief Steward at SHAP in 1999. He became a Committeeman in 2004 and was elected Shop Chairman in 2007 until he was appointed as an International Representative in 2012.

“Director Harris brings a wealth of bargaining knowledge and focus on representing our members in the workplace,” said UAW President Ray Curry. “He brings a strong background in local union operations, and an understanding of the mechanics of contract implementation which will benefit the International Executive Board as a whole.

Harris resides with his wife, Sandy, in Oxford, Michigan and they are the proud parents of three grown children Timothy, Janell and Brian.