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Longtime former PRB member dies: Professor James E. Jones, Jr.

Professor James E. Jones, Jr., one of the longest serving members of the Public Review Board (PRB), died November 21, 2014. Professor Jones joined the PRB in 1970 and served for 38 years. Jim Jones was strong-willed and passionate about justice at the workplace. His autobiography, Hattie’s Boy – The Life & Times of a Transitional Negro, tells the story of his experiences as a participant and observer of the major changes in society and the workplace following World War II. Jones’s early experiences gave him real insight into what fairness at the workplace meant. He always remained steadfast in his commitment to the ideals of the UAW. When he stepped down from the PRB in 2008, Professor Jones wrote to President Gettelfinger that his service on the PRB helping the UAW maintain its proud tradition of democracy in the workplace was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.