Local 1714 has new boss

LORDSTOWN – A new president will be sworn in next week at one of the United Auto Workers locals for the General Motors Co. Complex.

Longtime GM plant worker and former UAW 1714 vice president Robert Morales of Boardman will take over the post as president of Local 1714 next week. Morales said he will be sworn in at the union hall Tuesday.

Morales, who works as a material driver at the complex’s metal fabricating plant, will represent about 1,500 workers.

Morales said he is looking forward to his new duties. He will take over for outgoing president Dave Green, who took over in March 2007 in mid-term as president. He won re-election to his first full term in 2009.

Green and Morales faced each other twice a year ago, first in May 2012, and then again in June 2012. The second runoff race was necessary because the results were too close in the first round of voting.

The June 2012 vote had Green defeating Morales by 13 votes for what should have been a full three-year term. However, after several appeals were filed following that election, the international UAW called for yet another runoff election held this week. This time Morales won 644 to 572.

He will serve the remaining two years of the three-year term.

Reached by phone Thursday, Green wished his successor luck.

“I was really proud and honored to serve the membership for these years. We went through some really challenging times,” Green said.

That included layoffs and eventual hiring and addition of a third shift, General Motors’ filing and eventual emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the Cruze launch.

“I was there during a lot of change in the organization and I was real proud to represent it,” Green said.