General Motors veteran lead negotiator has flipped to Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles. Cindy Estrada had represented GM since 2014 and will now represent the union with FCA, the Detroit Free Press reported last Thursday.
Estrada will also lead the UAW’s Women’s Department, newly minted UAW President Gary Jones said. The latest appointments come as the UAW faces an FBI probe of corruption related to UAW training centers. The initial investigation focused on FCA, but GM and Ford are thought to also be under scrutiny as well.
Joe Ashton, a former UAW vice president, also quit the GM board amid the FBI probe.
Estrada’s appointment to FCA is meant to give her more broad experience, according to Jones.
“Vice President Estrada has done organizing, she’s done General Motors department, now she’s got the Chrysler department,” said Jones. “She’s well-rounded and well-suited for the job.”