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Norwood most recently served as UAW vice president, elected at the union's 36th Constitutional Convention in June 2014. Previously, he served as director of UAW Region 1C, an 11-county area of south central Michigan. A UAW Local 659 member since 1976, Norwood began at the General Motors Company Flint Metal Fabricating plant and became active in the union in 1988. His union activism led to various elected positions from 1988-2000. Norwood was a key figure during the historic strike of 1998 between the UAW and GM. In 2000, UAW President Stephen P. Yokich appointed Norwood to serve as an international representative in the GM department, and he was reassigned in 2004 to Region 1C with GM, IPS and TOP assignments. He currently serves on several charitable boards and is actively involved in other community organizations. He is a loyal University of Michigan fan and enjoys spending time with his wife, Suzette, and their four children.