Huber, 57, is considered a reformer and a modernizer, based on his open style of communication and success at reaching unconventional solutions. He is also a member of the Social Democrats, which form half of Germany's governing coalition.
IG Metall represents a broad range of workers in the nation's key manufacturing sector in wage talks with employers. It has 2.3 million members.
Earlier this year, it secured a pay increase of 4.1 percent this year and another 1.7 percent next year for manufacturing workers. It went into talks demanding a 6.5 percent raise.
Detlef Wetzel, the regional union head in North Rhine-Westphalia state, which includes the industrial Ruhr region, was elected Tuesday as Huber's deputy. The 54-year-old also is viewed as a moderate.
"We should use shock therapy to sober up the Americans. In this case, the Americans will speak about the need to resume dialogue. There is no other option"
The United States is concerned about the current crisis in the relations with Russia and suggests returning to reasonable policies to avoid a nuclear war