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Norwood H. Jewell was elected director of UAW Region 1C by the delegates to the UAW’s 35th Constitutional Convention on June 16, 2010, in Detroit, Michigan.
Jewell was appointed assistant director of Region 1C on June 14, 2006, at the union’s 34th Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas by President Ron Gettelfinger at the request of Region 1C Director Duane Zuckschwerdt. The region, which is headquartered in Flint, Mich., covers an 11-county area of south central Michigan.
A UAW Local 659 member since 1976, Jewell worked at General Motors’ Flint Metal Fabricating plant. He started on the production line before becoming active in the union in 1988.
His union activism led to various elected positions at the local, beginning with alternate committeeman in 1988. From there he was elected committeeman in 1990 and district and shop committeeman in 1991. Jewell was re-elected to district and shop committeeman in 1993 and elected shop committeeman-at-large in 1994. He was elected Bargaining Committee chair at Flint Metal Center in 1996 and again in 1999. Jewell was one of the key figures during the historic strike of 1998 between the UAW and GM.
While a member of Sub-council 4, Jewell was elected top negotiator in 1998 and re-elected top negotiator in 1999 when he served as a member of the National Negotiating Team for the 1999 UAW-GM negotiations.
In 2000 Jewell was appointed to the International staff by UAW President Stephen P. Yokich at the request of Vice President Richard Shoemaker and assigned to the UAW-GM Health and Safety Department as a plant auditor for the GM Truck Assembly plants and co-chair over the UAW-GM/Delphi Ergonomics Program for the UAW. Jewell was reassigned to service American Axle and Manufacturing under the direction of Vice President Cal Rapson in 2002. In 2004 Jewell was reassigned to Region 1C as a servicing representative with GM, IPS and TOP assignments in both Lansing and Flint.
In 2010 Jewell was elected as an Officer-at-Large of the Michigan Democratic Party. He was then elected delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention and cast one of Michigan's 16 electoral votes for Barack Obama in December of that year. He is an executive member of the Genesee County Democratic Party.
Jewell currently serves on several charitable boards and is actively involved in raising funds for those and other organizations.
Jewell is a loyal University of Michigan fan and enjoys spending time with his wife, Suzette, and their four children: Tabatha, Derik, Wes and Justin.
Tony's assignments include units in the Jackson area.
He is also the representative assigned to the Southern Area Retirees.
Scott's assignments include units in the Lansing area.
Scott is also the representative assigned to Recreational Activities.
Melvin's assignments include units in the Lansing area.
He is also the advisor to the Civil and Human Rights Committee
and the Local 6000 Liaison.
Mike’s assignments include units in the Flint area.
Mike is also the Legal Services and Skilled Trades Representative for Region 1-C serving the Flint area.
Berteen’s assignments include units in the Flint, Lansing and St. Johns area.
She is also the Region 1-C Women's Council Representative and
the Work Family Representative.
Brian's assignments include units in the Lansing, Battle Creek and Southfield area.
Brian is also the Region 1-C Veterans advisor, the Community Services Rep and sits on the BCBS Advisory Board for Region III.
Scott's assignments include units in the Flint and Jackson areas.
Scott also sits on the BC/BS Customer Advisory Council of Eastern Michigan, Region II.
He is responsible for issues reguarding Job Security and Cell Appendix A, K & L and
assists retirees from closed locals 836, 754 and 147.
Delrico's assignments include units in the Flint and Adrian areas.
Delrico is also on the Greater Flint Health Coalition, the representative to the
Chaplaincy Committee and Staff Coordinator for Labor Day activities.
Rick's assignment's include units in the Jackson area.
Rick is on the Jackson Education Council, the IPS/TOP Council and
is the Jackson Sub-regional office manager.
Scott's assignments include units in the Flint and Lansing areas.
Scott is also the Union Label representative.