Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, United Auto Workers
"I am honored to be part of this broad coalition and the efforts to advance democracy initiatives for every voice to be heard across the nation.”
Ray Curry was elected UAW secretary-treasurer at the UAW 37th Constitutional Convention in June 2018. He was first elected director of UAW Region 8 in June 2014 after having served four years as the region’s assistant director.
As Region 8 director, Curry was instrumental in securing new labor agreements with various heavy truck, aerospace, and independent parts suppliers. In July 2015, under his leadership, the region successfully organized their first gaming bargaining unit of table dealers at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, Maryland and in June 2018, the region won an election for representation of table dealers at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, bringing 1,250 new members into the union.
Curry joined UAW Local 5285 in July 1992. His first involvement was on the local’s civil rights committee. From 1998 to 2004, he served in numerous leadership positions. In October 2004, UAW President Ron Gettelfinger appointed him as an International Representative.
A military veteran, Curry served three years on active duty in the U.S. Army and five years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration / Finance and holds a Master of Business Administration, MBA, degree from the University of Alabama.
He is the recipient of numerous awards including the A. Philip Randolph Leon Lynch Lifetime Achievement Award. Curry is also a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors and numerous community organizations.