LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — One union official who will help organize Ultium Cells workers will be former UAW Local 1112 President Dave Green, who’s been elected to a leadership role in the union.
Ultium Cells workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the UAW union.
The last time we heard from Dave Green, he was sitting next to Sen. Sherrod Brown after being invited to President Trump’s 2020 state of the union address. Now, Green is three years removed as president of UAW Local 1112, representing workers at the General Motors Lordstown plant until it closed.
Now he’s transitioning from a GM plant in Indiana to the Toledo area where he’ll become director of the UAW’s Region 2B, overseeing workers and retirees in Ohio and Indiana.
“I enjoy this stuff,” Green said. “I love fighting for workers’ rights, dignity in the workplace. That stuff’s extremely important to me, personally.”
Since 2020, 12 of the UAW’s top officials have been convicted on corruption charges. Green ran to reform the union, including the “one member, one vote policy” and not a delegate system of electing top leaders.
“The fact that ‘one member, one vote’ is in place now — I believe it holds the leadership accountable,” Green said. “We have a job to do. We’ve got to do that job or the members can use their voice and put you back on the floor.”
Green also hopes to help former Lordstown workers waiting on their Mutually Satisfactory Retirement agreements.
“We’re still waiting on that. Obviously, I want to see some closure there,” Green said. “The UAW has turned a page. It’s going to be a great organization, like it was years ago.”
And the UAW will be negotiating a new contract next year.
“Look, we’ve got to get rid of the tiers. We’ve got to get better wages and just bring people together. The company’s done a great job of dividing our members into little sections and groups,” Green said.
Regarding the Ultium Cells vote and the possibility of the UAW unionizing the Foxconn plant, Green said he wants to see the workers represented.
“I’ll do everything I can to make sure they have a safe workplace and that they’re paid what they deserve,” Green said. “They deserve more than what they’re getting paid. Those jobs are not only dangerous, they’re much higher in skillset.”
As far as the move to electric vehicles, Green knows fewer workers will be needed to build them. But he also knows the jobs are more technical — and more training will be needed.
“We want those people working in the electric field to be making more money than people working in the internal combustion field. That would be my hope,” Gree said.
As far as what happened with the Lordstown plant, Green believes GM should have “kept the Cruze.”
“I’m glad that the plant’s not empty. That would be a plight on the community — an eyesore and whatnot,” Green said. “Having something in there is better than nothing. It just wasn’t exactly played out the way we were hoping.”
Green says he still owns a house around Youngtown, that he’s still a resident here and still votes here. Above all else, he still considers the Youngstown area home.