Person

Cindy Estrada

Nationality:

American

Occupation:

Union Official

Political Party:

Democratic Party

Residence:

Whitmore Lake, Michigan

Cindy Estrada is a vice president of the United Automobile Workers (UAW). Identified as a “key to the UAW’s future,” [1] Estrada is the head of the Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Organizing, and Women’s Departments of the labor union. [2]

Estrada is a lifelong Democrat. [3] She has publicly supported the Biden administration, [4] [5] advocates using the critical race-theory inspired concept of a “social justice fight” to make the United States a better place, [6]  and has referred to dismantling of labor unions in the American south as “anti-black.” [7]

She sits on the board of the left-leaning Mi Familia Vota, [8] is a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, [9] and previously was an organizer for the United Farm Workers labor union. [10]

Career

Cindy Estrada is a vice president of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) labor union. As of February 2022, she heads the Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Organizing, and Women’s Departments of the union. [11] Identified as a “key to the UAW’s future,” [12] Estrada first joined the UAW as an organizer in 1995 [13] and is the first woman to run UAW’s General Motors (GM) department. [14]

Estrada publicly supports the Biden administration; [15] [16] opposes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and what she calls “immigrant and refugee bashing.” [17]

Estrada supports the unionization of Amazon employees, [18] advocates using the critical race-theory inspired concept of a “social justice fight” to make the United States a better place, [19] and has referred to dismantling of labor unions in the American South as “anti-black.” [20]

In 2021, Estrada received the Jewish Labor Committee’s Human Rights Award. [21]

Previously, Estrada was an organizer for the United Farm Workers labor union, [22] organized Spanish-speaking manufacturing workers at Mexican Industries in southwest Detroit in 1995, [23] ran the Michigan Organizing Center, [24] and led negotiations for the Michigan Coalition of State Employee Unions. She also led the union’s General Motors Department. [25]

She also is on the boards of the left-leaning Mi Familia Vota, The National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of Free Trade Agreements, the Economic Alliance of Michigan, and the Advisory Board of Labor at Wayne State University. [26]

Estrada is a lifelong Democrat and a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. [27]

Controversy

Cindy Estrada was identified by the Detroit News as linked to a Federal investigation into corruption at the UAW that was ultimately settled in December 2020. Estrada was not charged with any wrongdoing [28] in the investigation that resulted in charges against two former UAW presidents, imposition of a monitor on the group, and a $1.5 million payment to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). [29]

Political Activities

Cindy Estrada is a lifelong member of the Democratic Party. [30] She has publicly supported the Biden administration [31] and its Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh. [32]

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Estrada attacked President Donald Trump as “anti-union” [33] and endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. [34] She called President Trump a “racist” in 2018. [35]

In 2016, Estrada supported the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), [36] said that there is “never a reason to vote for Trump,” [37] and was an introduction speaker for then-President Barack Obama during a visit to the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources in Detroit, Michigan. [38]

Estrada has also made Federal Election Commission-reportable contributions to the Committee for Good Government International Union UAW, the UAW labor union’s qualified political action committee (PAC). [39] [40]

Personal Information

Cindy Estrada received an education degree from the University of Michigan. [41] She was born in 1968 and resides in Whitmore Lake, Michigan. [42] [43]

References

  1. Lessenberry, Jack. “Cindy Estrada might be the key to UAW’s future.” The Toledo Blade. February 19, 2016. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://www.toledoblade.com/JackLessenberry/2016/02/19/Cindy-Estrada-might-be-the-key-to-UAW-s-future/stories/feed/index.rss. ^
  2. “Most Influential Women.” Crain’s Detroit Business. June 2, 2016. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://www.crainsdetroit.com/awards/cindy-estrada. ^
  3. “Cindy Estrada.” Social Transformation Project. Accessed February 22, 2022. http://stproject.org/lio_directory/cindy-estrada/. ^
  4. “Tweet.” Twitter. Posted January 21, 2022. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://twitter.com/cindyestradauaw/status/1484660075075620864?s=21. ^
  5. “Tweet.” Twitter. Posted October 8, 2021. https://twitter.com/cindyestradauaw/status/1446581494156300289?s=21 ^
  6. Admin. “A White Shirt Day message from Vice President Cindy Estrada.” UAW Local 652. February 11, 2021. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://www.crainsdetroit.com/awards/cindy-estrada. ^
  7. “Tweet.” Twitter. Posted February 22, 2022. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://twitter.com/CindyEstradaUAW/status/1496233708944302086?cxt=HHwWjIC5qbCo2MMpAAAA. ^
  8. “Cindy Estrada.” Social Transformation Project. Accessed February 22, 2022. http://stproject.org/lio_directory/cindy-estrada/. ^
  9. “Cindy Estrada.” Social Transformation Project. Accessed February 22, 2022. http://stproject.org/lio_directory/cindy-estrada/. ^
  10. “UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada.” United Auto Workers. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://uaw.org/executive-board-2-2/uaw-vice-president-estrada/. ^
  11. “Most Influential Women.” Crain’s Detroit Business. June 2, 2016. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://www.crainsdetroit.com/awards/cindy-estrada. ^
  12. Lessenberry, Jack. “Cindy Estrada might be the key to UAW’s future.” The Toledo Blade. February 19, 2016. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://www.toledoblade.com/JackLessenberry/2016/02/19/Cindy-Estrada-might-be-the-key-to-UAW-s-future/stories/feed/index.rss. ^
  13. “UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada.” United Auto Workers. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://uaw.org/executive-board-2-2/uaw-vice-president-estrada/. ^
  14. Gardner, Greg. “Meet the labor leader who will face off with GM.” Detroit Free Press. May 18, 2015. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://www.freep.com/story/money/2015/05/18/uaw-mary-barra-cindy-estrada-general-motors/27177279/. ^
  15. “Tweet.” Twitter. Posted January 21, 2022. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://twitter.com/cindyestradauaw/status/1484660075075620864?s=21. ^
  16. “Tweet.” Twitter. Posted October 8, 2021. https://twitter.com/cindyestradauaw/status/1446581494156300289?s=21. ^
  17.  Lessenberry, Jack. “An Hour With… Cindy Estrada.” Hour Detroit. March 10, 2016. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://www.hourdetroit.com/community/an-hour-with-cindy-estrada/. ^
  18. “Twitter.” Tweet. Posted February 15, 2022. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://twitter.com/CindyEstradaUAW/status/1493773123283566593?cxt=HHwWgoC-xbiv-bopAAAA. ^
  19. Admin. “A White Shirt Day message from Vice President Cindy Estrada.” UAW Local 652. February 11, 2021. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://www.crainsdetroit.com/awards/cindy-estrada. ^
  20. “Tweet.” Twitter. Posted February 22, 2022. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://twitter.com/CindyEstradaUAW/status/1496233708944302086?cxt=HHwWjIC5qbCo2MMpAAAA. ^
  21. “UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada Receives Jewish Labor Committee’s Human Rights Award.” United Auto Workers. December 9, 2021. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://uaw.org/uaw-vice-president-cindy-estrada-receives-jewish-labor-committees-human-rights-award/. ^
  22.  “UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada.” United Auto Workers. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://uaw.org/executive-board-2-2/uaw-vice-president-estrada/. ^
  23. “UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada.” United Auto Workers. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://uaw.org/executive-board-2-2/uaw-vice-president-estrada/. ^
  24. “UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada.” United Auto Workers. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://uaw.org/executive-board-2-2/uaw-vice-president-estrada/. ^
  25. “UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada.” United Auto Workers. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://uaw.org/executive-board-2-2/uaw-vice-president-estrada/. ^
  26. “Cindy Estrada.” Social Transformation Project. Accessed February 22, 2022. http://stproject.org/lio_directory/cindy-estrada/. ^
  27. “Cindy Estrada.” Social Transformation Project. Accessed February 22, 2022. http://stproject.org/lio_directory/cindy-estrada/. ^
  28. Snell, Robert. “UAW watchdog gets access to secret files as Jones seeks prison break.” The Detroit News. August 9, 2021. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://www.autonews.com/awards/2015-leading-women-cindy-estrada-uaw. ^
  29. Samilton, Tracy. “UAW, U.S. DOJ, settle corruption investigation with consent agreement.”  Michigan Radio. December 14, 2020. Accessed February 25, 2022. https://www.michiganradio.org/law/2020-12-14/uaw-u-s-doj-settle-corruption-investigation-with-consent-agreement. ^
  30. “Cindy Estrada.” Social Transformation Project. Accessed February 22, 2022. http://stproject.org/lio_directory/cindy-estrada/. ^
  31. “Tweet.” Twitter. Posted January 21, 2022. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://twitter.com/cindyestradauaw/status/1484660075075620864?s=21. ^
  32. “Tweet.” Twitter. Posted February 16, 2022. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://twitter.com/CindyEstradaUAW/status/1494067181352538118?cxt=HHwWjMCy8e-L_7spAAAA. ^
  33. Lawrence, Eric D. “Prominent UAW leader Cindy Estrada blasts Trump as ‘always anti-union’.” Detroit Free Press. August 25, 2020. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2020/08/25/uaw-cindy-estrada-donald-trump-unions/3432177001/. ^
  34. “Vice President Cindy Estrada” This Election is Critical for Us All.” United Auto Workers. August 19, 2022. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://uaw.org/vice-president-cindy-estrada-election-critical-us/. ^
  35.  “Tweet.” Twitter. Posted January 11, 2018. https://twitter.com/cindyestradauaw/status/951624744356536321?s=21. ^
  36. “Twitter.” Tweet. July 25, 2016. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://twitter.com/cindyestradauaw/status/757763412747321348?s=21 ^
  37. “Twitter.” Tweet. Posted July 9, 2016. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://twitter.com/cindyestradauaw/status/751818481318887425?s=21. ^
  38. “President Obama in Detroit, Michigan.” C-SPAN. January 20, 2016. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://www.c-span.org/video/?403444-1/president-obama-remarks-detroit-michigan&event=403444&playEvent&auto. ^
  39. Cindy Estrada.” Federal Election Commission. Accessed February 23, 2022. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=cindy%20estrada. ^
  40. “Committee for Good Government International Union UAW.” Federal Election Commission. Accessed February 23, 2022. https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00002832/. ^
  41. “UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada.” United Auto Workers. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://uaw.org/executive-board-2-2/uaw-vice-president-estrada/. ^
  42. [1] “100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.” Automotive News. 2015. Accessed February 22, 2022. https://www.autonews.com/awards/2015-leading-women-cindy-estrada-uaw. ^
  43. “Cindy Estrada.” Federal Election Commission. Individual Contributions. Accessed February 23, 2022. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=cindy%20estrada. ^
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