Kaiser replaces Stewart as president of Mack's union

June 08, 2000

James Stewart, a union officer at Mack Trucks Inc. for more than 30 years, retired last week.

Maurice L. Kaiser, former vice president of United Auto Workers Local 171, replaced Stewart as president of the local.

Stewart logged 38 years at Mack, joining the company after graduating from high school and working nine months at the Frick Co. in Waynesboro, Pa.

He has been an officer of the local union since the late 1960s, he said.

Stewart was first elected union president in 1985. In a close race, he lost his bid for re-election in 1989 but was elected vice president a month later.

Stewart was again elected president in 1993 and held the post until his retirement last week.

Under the union's charter, the vice president automatically takes the helm for the remainder of his term, which expires May 31, 2001.


Kaiser did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Local 171 represents 1,144 workers at the company's heavy-duty truck engine manufacturing plant on Pennsylvania Avenue.

- Laura Ernde

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