Ray Curry is the Immediate Past President of the United Auto Workers, UAW, International Union. He served in that role from June 28, 2021, through March 26, 2023, representing 1.1 million active and retired members in various sectors of automotive, aerospace, defense, agriculture, construction, education, heavy truck, and health services.
President Curry became a UAW member in July 1992, when he was hired as a truck assembler at Freightliner Trucks in Mount Holly, North Carolina, (now Daimler Trucks, NA) after serving in the U.S. Army for three years on active duty and five years in the US Army Reserve.
In 2004, Curry was appointed to the UAW International Staff where he serviced UAW contracts in aerospace, automotive (Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors facilities), heavy truck, and numerous independent parts supplier locations in the states of Alabama and Tennessee while assigned to UAW Region 8. He was appointed UAW Region 8 Assistant Director in 2010. He was later elected Director of UAW Region 8 and became a member of the UAW International Executive Board in June 2014.
A 31-year UAW member, Curry was elected UAW Secretary-Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, at the 37th Constitutional Convention in June 2018. In this role, he was instrumental in the implementation of broad financial ethics reforms and oversight as part of the UAW's Ethics Reforms Initiative.
A longtime grassroots activist, Ray Curry is a Diamond Life member of the NAACP and member of the NAACP National Board of Directors since 2019.
A North Carolina native, he is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration / Finance. Additionally, he holds an MBA degree from the University of Alabama.