General Holiefield, Vice President of the United Auto Workers who has oversight of the union's Chrysler department, has been placed on leave. UAW President Bob King's office now has oversight of carmaker’s around 37,200 workers. According to UAW spokeswoman Michele Martin, Holiefield has been placed on leave from the UAW but could not say whether he is on paid or unpaid leave.
She also could not say whether Holiefield would return to work before his term ends in June. In a recent message to Chrysler locals, King said that Holiefield had requested and was granted the leave of absence. On Dec. 30, 2013, Holiefield’s wife – who also works for the UAW – was shot in her stomach with a .45-caliber pistol that he was cleaning.
On Jan. 15, 2014, Holiefield pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless use of a firearm. Holiefield's wife, Monica Morgan, is expected to make a full recovery.
Holiefield is usually at factory events Chrysler-Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne, who has hailed him as a partner in Chrysler's revival.
Many UAW Chrysler members, however, have conveyed their sentiments particularly over implementation of an "alternative work schedule" scheme that entails workers rotating from day to night shifts and back again.