27 Apr 2014

GM names union leader to board

9:05 am on 27 April 2014

General Motors has named a union leader to its board of directors.

In a statement on Friday evening, GM said it was nominating United Auto Workers vice president Joe Ashton to its 12-member board of directors.

AFP reports Ashton, who will represent GM's employee pension fund (VEBA), is expected to resign from his union position in June.

If his nomination is approved by shareholders, he will begin his board term in August.

VEBA has been represented on the GM board since 2009.

The company emerged from bankruptcy just over three years ago.