Meet the Assistant Director, James Harris

James Harris was appointed Assistant Director of UAW Region 1 by President Gary Jones at the 37th Constitutional Convention on June 14, 2018.  Prior to that, Brother Harris served as an International Representative at UAW Region 1 since July 8, 2012.

In December of 1994, James became a proud member of Local 1700, Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP).  In 1999, he was elected chief steward for two terms before running for committeeman and winning in 2004.  Brother Harris became shop chairman in 2007, where he remained until he was appointed to staff.

James played an integral part with Local 1700 leadership and the International Union who fought to keep Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) open in 2009 after bankruptcy.  He was elected delegate to the UAW’s 35th Constitutional Convention in 2010.  Other roles and responsibilities consist of his involvement with Local Response Team (LRT) Workplace Violence, Local Equal Application Committee, and the Local Ergonomics Team.   In addition, James supervised the day-to-day operations of the entire Sterling Heights Assembly Plant which included building the new body and paint shop.

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

In his spare time, James enjoys physical fitness and exercise.