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Obama Ally Poised to Lead UAW Union in Midst of Organizing Push

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Dennis Williams, a former welder who helped jump-start Barack Obama’s presidential bid, is poised to lead the United Auto Workers union as it seeks to accelerate a recovery paced by resurgent U.S. automakers.

Williams, the UAW’s secretary-treasurer, was named by a union caucus as its candidate for president during a press conference yesterday in Dearborn, Michigan. Williams, 60, has led the UAW’s efforts to organize U.S. workers at Volkswagen AG and Nissan Motor Co. factories in Tennessee and Mississippi.