The Lewis Sexton Scholarship Fund
The Lewis Sexton Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 by the Morris Industries Foundation in honor of Lewis Sexton, former President of UAW Local 862. The Scholarship Fund will provide three awards of $5,000 non-renewable scholarships to children (or legal wards) of UAW 862 members or retirees who plan to attend college in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Awards will be paid over the course of two semesters.
About Lewis Sexton
Lewis Sexton has been an influential union and labor voice in Louisville for more than six decades. He has been recognized nationally for his efforts to work on behalf of the labor cause.
Hired on May 5, 1954 at the Ford Motor Company on South Western Parkway, Lewis served various positions within the plant. He soon realized his interest in serving the members of UAW Local 862. Early on he was elected to serve two terms on the Election Committee. In 1965, he was elected to serve as Bargaining Committeeman.
In 1971, Lewis became the first Committeeman to be elected President and Building Chairman of UAW Local 862 and served in that capacity for ten years.
He served two terms as Trustee and Chairman of the Committee. During his tenure, the union made progressive gains on key issues. In negotiations with Chrysler in 1973, the UAW won the “30-and-out” provision, which allowed workers to retire after 30 years under any circumstances. The Chrysler contract became the national model across the country. It established a three percent pay increase each year, an improved cost of living formula, a $550 per month pension plan and a company dental insurance program.
Stanley Lewis Sexton was born in Columbia, Ky. He graduated from Adair County High School. After high school, he served his country in the United States Army as a Tank Commander. Following his service in the Army, he moved to Louisville to work at Ford.
Lewis was a delegate to the UAW National Constitutional Convention from 1966-2010. After retiring, Lewis was elected by the retired members to represent them on the UAW Local 862 Executive Board. He presently represents 5,000 retirees and surviving spouses.
Lewis has been active in the Louisville community. He was a member and supporter of the Fraternal Order of Police and served as a Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff. He has worked with several charitable organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Red Cross, Kosair Charities, United Way of Kentucky and Adopt A Child.