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Chrysler UAW leader arrested

by Bill Cawthon on

General Holiefield, the United Auto Workers vice president who heads up the union’s Chrysler department, was arrested by Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies on Monday but was later released without charges. The matter, apparently stemming from a domestic issue, is under investigation by the Macomb County prosecutor’s office, the sheriff’s department said. The prosecutor’s office could not be reached for comment. The UAW also could not be reached for comment.

Holiefield filed for divorce from his wife of 30 years in May.

The 58-year-old Holiefield has been a member of the UAW for 38 years and is serving his second term as vice president of the union He is expected to lead the union’s negotiations this summer with Chrysler.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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