United Auto Workers delegates elect Dennis Williams to replace Bob King as president

DETROIT – Delegates to the United Auto Workers convention have elected Dennis Williams as the union’s new president.

Williams is the union’s current secretary-treasurer. He’ll replace the retiring Bob King.

Williams tells Detroit radio station WWJ that he is looking forward to the union’ challenges including contract talks with the Detroit Three automakers next year. He soundly defeated Ford worker Gary Walkowicz (WALK-oh-wits) on Wednesday. Williams will be inaugurated on Thursday.

Delegates to the convention that is held every four years also elected three vice-presidents who will lead contract talks with General Motors, Chrysler and Ford — Cindy Estrada, Jimmy Settles and Norwood Jewell. Gary Casteel will replace Williams as secretary-treasurer.

All ran unopposed.