CEO Sergio Marchionne has brought a representative of the United Auto Workers Union onto the Chrysler Group LLC board of directors.
The appointment of the UAW’s Eric Perkins comes at the request of a trust fund set up to cover the health care costs of retired unionized workers. The so-called VEBA currently holds a 41.5% stake in the smallest of the Detroit makers.
Perkins is the director of the UAW’s strategic research department, a non-elected position on the union’s professional staff, and his appointment to the nine-member Chrysler board was effective June 10, the maker said.
The automaker has also appointed Ruth Simmons, the retiring president of Rhode Island’s prestigious Brown University, to the board replacing former Michigan governor James Blanchard who is stepping down at the end of his term.