LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – There’s been a changing of guards at the top of the United Auto Workers Local 1112 in Lordstown.
Union president Tim O’Hara has resigned and vice president Darwin Cooper is taking over the top spot.
O’Hara became president a little over a year ago. Not long after, his wife transferred to a GM plant in Kentucky, where they now live. O’Hara was commuting and didn’t feel he was giving enough time to Local 1112, so he resigned.
Since becoming president, the union went on strike against General Motors and faced the closing of the Lordstown plant, which he was instrumental in trying to save.
“You know, what happened to us happened to me personally. I ended up having to sell my house in the Valley and move away from a place I lived my entire life. So I share in all of our members who had to go through that,” he said.
O’Hara said the union is now down to just 20 active members.
He said he wishes he could have led in more normal times and is hopeful that once Lordstown Motors and the LG Chem Battery plant start-up, Local 1112 will grow again — though he said that’s probably two years away from happening.