Detroit — Delegates to the United Auto Workers’ quadrennial Constitutional Convention on Wednesday nominated six candidates to challenge President Ray Curry in his bid for election to a full term to lead the powerful and influential union.

The first direct election of International Executive Board members being held this fall has empowered some members to challenge leaders of the union as it seeks to recover from a corruption scandal that reached the former top echelon of the Detroit-based organization. Whoever wins will be charged with helping to restore integrity and negotiating critical contracts with the Detroit Three automakers as they make the transition to electrification.

Delegates also flexed their readiness to fight for a better contract by voting to increase weekly strike pay to $500 and allowing it to start from day one of a work stoppage.

The seven men nominated for president were the following:

  • Ray Curry, UAW president
  • Brian Keller, employee at Stellantis NV’s quality engineering center in Auburn Hills and reform advocate on social media 
  • Jim Coakley, retired top assistant to former UAW Vice President General Holiefield in the Chrysler Department
  • Shawn Fain, an international UAW administrative representative in the Stellantis Department who has been endorsed by the reform-minded Unite All Workers for Democracy caucus
  • Mark “Gibby” Gibson, Detroit Diesel Corp. chairperson at Local 163 in Westland
  • Will Lehman, an employee at Mack Trucks Inc. in Macungie, Pennsylvania
  • John Guinan, a retired top administrative assistant under former Vice President Jack Laskowski for the Chrysler Department