LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – After almost 47 years of supporting autoworkers in Lordstown, Local 1714 will be no more.
The United Local Autoworkers (UAW) is going to eliminate the union representing GM Lordstown complex workers. As part of the unions’ plan to keep GM Lordstown competitive, UAW 1714 will be absorbed by 1112.
“There’s been a lot of communication amongst the leadership, both local levels and the international levels with the corporation discussing how it could be more competitive in the future,” said Local 1714 President Robert Morales.
An employee told WKBN that the move makes sense. The union is shrinking due to retirements and it’s easier to negotiate contracts with one union, rather than making two deals.
Local 1112 President Glenn Johnson called it “a necessary competitive agreement.”
“Put ourselves in line with other manufacturers that all operate under one local union,” he said.
Both Johnson and Morales said the joint 3,000 members should not notice changes in day-to-day operations.
“We have the operations and the stamping facility will be merging over with assembly facility,” Johnson said.
Their other goal is to preserve jobs for workers at GM now and get workers on layoff called back.
But both presidents acknowledge the merger won’t go without some pain for those who were a part of UAW 1714.
“Forty-seven years history is something to be very proud of. We have many of our retirees gave a lot of blood, sweat, and tears and even our members today have given it all to where we are today,” Morales said.
The union plans to hold future meetings before the change goes into effect but the autoworkers were officially told Friday that the merger is happening.