Leonard Woodcock

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Birthday
15, 1911
Birthplace
Providence, RI
Death Date
Jan 16, 2001 (89)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
15, 1911
Birthplace
Providence, RI
Death Date
Jan 16, 2001 (89)

About

United Auto Workers president and American ambassador to mainland China. He helped negotiate the first trade agreement with China, known as the Most Favored Nations agreement.

Before Fame

After the onset of the Great Depression, he quit school to work at a machine assembly plant. It was during this period that he first became involved in labor politics.

Trivia

After skillfully consolidating power and rising to the top of the UAW, he led the union in successful bids to earn cost-of-living wage increases and retirement benefits.

Family Life

He was born in Providence, Rhode Island and was the son of Ernest Woodcock, a machine worker and labor activist.

Associated With

Douglas Fraser succeeded Woodcock in 1977 as President of the UAW and orchestrated a union campaign to save the Chrysler corporation from bankruptcy.