(AP) The United Auto Workers union has nominated a longtime organizer as its next president.
Dennis Williams has been the UAW's secretary-treasurer for the last three years. He joined the union as a welder in 1977 and has been a bargainer with the union since 1988, negotiating contracts with Mitsubishi, Caterpillar and other companies.
The UAW's leadership nominated Williams at a meeting near Detroit Thursday. UAW members will elect a new president at the union's national convention in Detroit in June.
The union's current president, Bob King, is retiring after one four-year term.
King said Williams was an integral part of bargaining with the Detroit automakers in 2011. King also noted that Williams was the first UAW leader to endorse President Barack Obama and maintains a good relationship with the president.