Jim Clark has been the president of IUE-CWA, the Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America, since April 2005.
In that position, he oversees activities in the union’s manufacturing division, which covers nearly 200 local unions and more than 40,000 active members and 100,000 retired members. Clark spearheaded the Division’s program to improve union members’ job security by bringing a union-friendly version of high performance, or Lean, manufacturing into IUE-CWA worksites. He also championed the creation of IUE-CWA Energy Treasure Hunt, a program which saves the environment and American manufacturing jobs.
Clark sits on the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council and is an outspoken leader in calling for fair trade laws and a revitalized U.S. manufacturing policy. He sits on the Department of Labor’s Trade Labor Advisory Committee. He is also the Chairman of the General Electric Coordinated Bargaining Committee. As a vice president of CWA, Clark also sits on the CWA Executive Board.
Clark hails from IUE-CWA’s founding local, Local 755, in Dayton, Ohio, where he worked his way up from committeeman and vice-president to serving two terms as shop chairman, the local’s chief negotiator. Clark remains the only chairman in Local 755’s over 50-year history to be honored by the membership with unopposed re-election to a second term.
In February 2001 and 2005, Clark was unanimously elected chairman of the IUE-CWA Automotive Conference Board. As chairman, he oversaw contract negotiations and implementation at the local and national levels for five major automotive companies, covering more than 17,000 IUE-CWA members at General Motors, Delphi, Valeo, DMAX and Visteon. In the economically precarious world of auto parts suppliers, Clark stood out for taking a common sense and innovative approach to bargaining that preserves good jobs while recognizing the economic realities of the global marketplace. Clark is also known for efforts to reduce health care costs through community initiatives to assess needs and utilization and through education to members and health care providers.
Clark has studied business law, arbitration, labor studies, collective bargaining and grievance handling at Wright State University and Sinclair College. He has been a member of the union for more than 40 years.