General Holiefield was first elected a Vice President of the International Union, UAW on June 14, 2006 and re-elected in 2010. He directs the Chrysler, Heavy Trucks and General Dynamics Departments.
A UAW member for 37 years, Holiefield served as Executive Administrative Assistant to UAW President Ron Gettelfinger from June 2004 until his election as vice president. He is the first African-American to serve in the union’s top staff position.
Prior to that, Holiefield served as an Administrative Assistant to Vice President Nate Gooden, who directed the UAW Chrysler Department. He was appointed to the staff in 1995 by then-President Stephen P. Yokich and assigned to the union’s Chrysler Department where he held many positions which would include Servicing Representative, Coordinator and Assistant Director.
A longtime political and community activist, Holiefield is a member of the Michigan Democratic Party, a Life member of the NAACP, as well as a board member of the NAACP's National Board of Directors, a member of the UAW Legal Services Board and a Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) member.