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Yokich Elected UAW President: As expected, the United Auto Workers chose Stephen P. Yokich to succeed the retiring Owen Bieber. Yokich, 59, a third-generation tool-and-die maker from St. Clair Shores, Mich., has said he intends to try to reverse the membership decline in the 800,000-person union by organizing auto parts suppliers and the American "transplants" of Japanese and German auto makers. Yokich is expected to be sworn in today at the UAW convention in Anaheim.

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