Rory L. Gamble was elected director of Region 1A on June 14, 2006, at the UAW’s 34th Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas. He was re-elected to the same position at the 35th Constitutional Convention in Detroit in June 2010. Region 1A covers most of Wayne County, Mich., (including part of Detroit), Monroe and Washtenaw counties, and extends to the Ohio border. Gamble, a welder fixture repairman, joined the UAW in 1974 as a welder at the Ford Motor Co. Dearborn Frame Plant. He immediately became active in Local 600 and has since served in numerous elected and appointed positions.
In 1975 Local 600 members elected him to serve as a trustee of the Dearborn Frame Plant. From 1976 to 1979 he was the local’s alternate benefit representative. He served as the bargaining committee chair in 1984 and, in 1988, he was appointed staff director and administrative assistant for UAW Local 600 President Jim McNeil with responsibilities for third-stage grievance agendas for all Ford Rouge plants and as editor of UAW Facts, the local’s newspaper. He was elected delegate to the UAW’s 32nd Constitutional Convention and served on the Constitution Committee. Since 1987 Gamble’s assignments have included local union health and safety coordinator, employee support services program, education director, civil rights coordinator, fitness center coordinator and family services and learning center coordinator. He has served as director of Local 600 Ford Motor Co. units including Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank, Dearborn Truck Plant, Milan, Industrial Athlete, and Dearborn Frame Plant.
Other assignments have included retirees’ liaison and coordinator of the Rouge Rehabilitation Center. In 1993 and 2003 Gamble served on the UAW-Ford National Negotiating Team. From 1993 to 2002, he was elected to three terms as the local’s recording secretary. Gamble was elected first vice president of Local 600 in 2002 and re-elected in 2005. In 1999 Gamble received the Spirit of Detroit award. He is a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Trade Union Leaders Council, the Michigan Humane Society and a Life member of the NAACP. He serves on the board of Bridging Communities, a grassroots collaborative of Southwest Detroit businesses, labor organizations, churches and residents. He is co-chair of the Michigan Labor History Society, treasurer of the Rouge Employees Credit Union and a lifetime supporter of Southwest Detroit Little League.
Gamble is a graduate of the labor studies program at Wayne State University. He lives in Detroit, Mich., and is the father of five children — Anthony, Rory Jr., Raenard, Rashaun and Rahshidah — and 26 grandchildren with one more on the way.