May 9, 1970 (at 9:30 a.m.)
U.A.W. International President Walter P. Reuther, his wife May and four others died in a plane crash on their way to visit the U.A.W.'s Education Center at Black Lake, MI.
The U.A.W was petitioned to represent the hourly workers at the Fisher Body Plant in Lordstown, OH.
The people of Fisher Body were meeting at the Community Center in Newton Falls, Ohio. Bill Casstevens (the newly elected Regional Director of the U.A.W) gave the go ahead for a vote to determine if there would be a separate local union for the Fisher Body Plant or if the workers would belong to the local already organized at the adjoining Chevrolet Passenger Car Assembly Plant With a unanimous vote the people of Fisher Body made the choice to be a separate local. The certification of Local 1714 was finalized by the U.A.W. International Executive Board and our charter was issued.
The U.A.W. Regional Director Bill
Casstevens appointed the first Union
Officers to Local 1714. Bob Barlow was
appointed as Shop Chairman and Konrad
August 28, 1970
U.A.W Local 1714 experienced its first
wildcat strike, it lasted one day.
September 14, 1970
Only one month old, the newborn local faced a 13 week National and Local Strike.|
1714 Local Union made its business office in a small building on RT. 45 across from Lordstown High School. The membership held meetings at the Steelworkers Hall on Elm Rd., Warren,
February 1, 1971
Local 1714 held its first General
Election in a tent in the parking lot of the
Fisher Body Plant. Sam Martz was elected
President, Richard C. Drogowski was
elected Shop Chairman.
September 9, 1971
U.A.W. Local 1714 experienced its second wildcat strike involving 3rd shift Committeeman, Tom Weekley (He had been taken to Labor Relations and suspended). The Strike lasted four days.
September 26, 1971
At the regular monthly membership meeting, a $1.00 per month per member assessment was passed for a Local Union Building Fund.
December 16, 1971
Membership was informed that our offer of $32,000 for 42 acres on Carson Salt Springs Road to build our Union Hall was accepted by the owner.
March 23, 1972
Election of delegates to the 23rd
Constitutional Convention, held at Eden Grange Hall, Lordstown, OH.
December 1, 1972
General Election (All Officers) held at
Eden Grange Hall, Lordstown, OH. Sam
Martz was elected President, Tom "Red"
Weekley was elected Shop Chairman.
October 10, 1973
President Sam Martz resigned his office for health and personal reasons. Vice
President Larry Crotty assumed the office of President.
October 20, 1973
At 11:00 a.m., Saturday, we held a ground breaking ceremony for Local 1714 Union Hall.
Negotiations were opened between local management and union. No strike was
needed for a settlement.
February 21, 1974
First time a vote was permitted to be taken in the plant hallway. It was a special election on a voluntary overtime memorandum, it passed 1,811 to 257.
5 week long strike was held over health and safety, production standards, down time calculation, massive grievance buildup, false and unfair discipline. Issues were; ignoring provisions of Local agreement, discrimination and management's mistreatment of our membership.
November 3, 1975
We moved into our new Union Hall at 2121 Carson Salt Springs Road.
Bill Walters was the first employee to achieved 30 years and out.
March 16, 1976
Sam Robinson received the award of 1st apprentice to achieve journeyman status.
June 8, 1976
General Election (All Officers) was held in plant hallway. John Barbara elected President and Tom "Red" Weekley elected Shop Chairman.
June 28, 1976
Our petition for T.R.A. (Trade Readjustment Allowance) was approved.
The Foreign Trade Act of 1974 allows for special Federal benefits to be paid to workers who become unemployed as a result of increased foreign imports.
September 14, 1976
U.A.W International Union announced that Ford Motor Company was the target for 1976 negotiations.
November 21, 1976
The local agreement was ratified.
March 17, 1977
Election of delegates to the 25th
Constitutional Convention, held in the plant hallway.
August 15, 1977
Tom "Red" Weekley resigned as Shop Chairman to attend Central Bible College in Springfield. MS.
November 29, 1977
Frank Vicola was elected to the unexpired term of Shop Chairman.
May 15, 1979
General election (All Officers) was held in the plant hallway. John F. Barbara was elected President and Frank Vicola was elected Shop Chairman.
Membership passed a strike vote in our
August 10, 1979
Local 1714 was informed by the
International Union that we would have a selective strike if a settlement was not reached by 11:59 p.m. Sept. 14, 1979. Local 1714 wasn't selected as one of the locals to go on strike.
U.A.W International Union announced that G.M. was selected to be the target for the 1979 negotiations.
September 27, 1979
The National Agreement was turned down at Local 1714, but was passed on the national level.
November 4, 1979
Membership ratified Local 1714's local agreement, with no strike.
March 7, 1980
Election of delegates to the 26th Constitutional Convention held in plant
April 21, 1981
Local 1714 union delegates voted against reaffiliation with the A.F.L.-C.I.O., an overwhelming majority, (approximately 91 percent of the Region 2 delegates) voted in favor of the U.A.W.
reaffihiation with the A.F.L.-C.I.O.
May 13, 1981
Vice President Owen Bieber from the U.A.W International Union (G.M. Section) along with Regional Director Bill Casstevens visited Fisher Body, Lordstown,
November 3, 1981
John F. Barbara turned in his letter of resignation as President of 1714, to be effective Monday, November 9, 1981. He accepted the position of International Representative with the U.A.W. International Union Solidarity House, Detroit, MI.
November 9, 1981
Vice President Les Johnson assumed the
office of Local 1714 President for the
Quality of Work Life information
session to begin. 8 hour classes were held
on the 3rd floor in the conference room.
Re-opened our National and Local
April 3, 1982
A special ratification meeting was held at 12:00 noon at the Mahoning Country Club, Girard, OH, for a vote whether to accept or reject the newly negotiated National Agreement. Local 1714 turned down the National Agreement.
April 12, 1982
The National Agreement was passed
May 3, 1982
Local 1714 began local negotiations.
May 5, 1982
General election (all officers) was held in the plant hallway. Les Johnson was elected President and Frank Vicola was elected Shop Chairman
February 20, 1983 Membership ratified Local 1714's new local agreement.
March 30, 1983 Election of delegates to the 27th U.A.W.
Constitutional Convention held in plant
May 8, 1983
At the 27th Constitutional Convention,
Vice President Owen Bieber was elected
President of the U.A.W Internationa1 Union.
Bill Cassteven, Region 2 Director was elected to the office of Vice President of the U.A.W International Union.
Warren Davis, Region 2 Assistant
Director, was elected to the office of U.A.W
Region 2 Director.
Sallie Fullerman, Recording Secretary
Local 1714, received Woman of the Year
August 9, 1984
Local 1714 membership passed a strike
vote at the Union Hall.
October 9, 1984
Local 1714 membership turned down the
National Agreement, but it passed
December 13, 1984
Local 1714 membership ratified the local
Tom Weekley appointed Assistant
Director of the Skilled Trades Dept. of the
International UAW Union by Vice-President
May 22, 1985
General election (All Officers) was held in plant hallway. Bill Swiger was elected President, Bill Capshaw was elected Shop Chairman.
August 5, 1985U.A.W. International President Owen Bieber visited Lordstown, and toured our plant.
September 3, 1985
Local began participating in National
Joint Strategy Groups (Body Panel and Tool
& Die Strategy).
January 30, 1986Q.W.L. opinion survey was taken in the plant hallway. The survey showed the majority of the membership wanted continued participation in the Q.W.L. process.
March 13, 1986
Election of delegates to the 28th Constitutional Convention, held in plant hallway.
April 16, 1986
U.A.W. Vice President Don Ephlin and GM-BOC Vice President Bill Hoglund visited Lordstown and toured all three plants in the complex.
October 26, 1986
Local 1714 had a mortgage burning ceremony at the Union Hall, 2121 Carson Salt Springs Rd.
December 17, 1986
Shop Chairman Bill Capshaw was elected to the position of top negotiator representing U.A.W Suhcouncil 2-B on the National Bargaining Committees.
February 8, 1987
Bill Capshaw resigned his position as Shop Chairman of U.A.W. Local 1714. He was appointed to the staff of U.A.W. International Vice President Don Ephlin.
Dave Fascia was appointed acting Shop Chairman of Local 1714 until an election was held.
March 12, 1987
Election was held for the unexpired term of Shop Chairman. Frank Vicola was elected.
August 29, 1987
Held strike vote at Union Hall.
Membership authorized strike. October 18, 1987
Local 1714 membership ratifies National and Local Agreements. No strike was needed.
April 1, 1988Frank Vicola resigned his position as Shop Chairman of Local 1714. He was appointed to the staff of Region 2 Director Warren Davis as a servicing representative. Dave Fascia was appointed acting Shop Chairman until a general election was held.
April 21, 1988
General election (All Officers) was held in plant hallway. David R. Kimmel was elected president, Dave Fascia was elected Shop Chairman.
April 13, 1989
Election of delegates to the 29th Constitutional
Convention, held in plant hallway.
June 18-23, 1989
At the 29th
President Don Ephlin
retired and Steve
Yokich was elected
retiree, recieved woman of the year award.
November 29, 1989 Newly elected
Vice President Steve
Yokich visited Local
1714 Union Hall and B.O.C. Plant.
December 11, 1989
Shop Committeeman Ken Laubett was elected to the position of top negotiator representing U.A.W Subcouncil 7 Skilled Trades Tool and Die on the National Bargaining Committees.
Ken Laubert was elected the Top Negotiator for Skilled Trades for the 1990 International Agreement.
Dave Kimmel Received an award for Outstanding Achievements to the Community.
Retiree Chapter reported that there are now 480 retirees from Local 1714.
20th Memorial of Walter P. Reuther killed in plane crash May 1970.
Local Demands submitted to management for contract.
Local 1714 celebrated 20th Anniversary on 8/19/90. Chuck Rhodes' wife, Elsie, received the P.T.A. Educator of the Year Award. 10th Anniversary of the Polish Solidarity Movement.
Y.W.C.A.'s Thirteenth Annual Woman of the Year Award went to U.A.W Local 1714 Secretary Elaine Gardner.
New local and national contracts ratified with over 90% in favor. Bob Barlow was presented with a plaque for 20 years of dedicated service as Columbiana-Mahoning-Trumbull UAW-CAP Chairman.
Rally in Newton Falls to show support for our Troops in Desert Storm. Jim Kaster received a special proclamation from Governor Dick Celeste for his achievements on the Hooked on Fishing Program and the Mosquito Creek Clean Up.
General Election of Officers held. Dave Kimmel was elected President and Dave Fascia, Shop Chairman.
Bob Barlow appointed Labor Liaison to staff of Congressman James Traficant.
New Exercise Room opened in the plant. January 1992
Jim Kaster received award for his
outstanding services for the Urban League. Dr. Lippy starts plan to Jump Start America.
Election held to elect Election Committee.
Jackets were presented to Linda Pohto, Dennis Gagne, Jerry Sonnenlitter and Ed Tonkinson-all who served in Desert Storm.
Bob Thomas elected as first President of the E.A.P.A., Youngstown Chapter.
Election for delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
Chaplaincy Committce established (Samson Murry, Jr., Clyde Workman, Julius T. Davis, Jr. and Stanley C. Mink). Plant collection taken for striking Caterpillar workers.
Strike Authorization Vote-over 85% voted Yes.
Clinton/Gore Rally at Southern Park
National Elections-William Clinton
elected President. Veterans Day Rally in Washington, D.C.
Bill Clinton's inauguration on January
20th. New AM VETS Post opened at UAW Local 1714 Hall.
Louis Robinson, Jr. received the
Excellence Journalistic Award for 1992.
The very first agreement between G.M. and
the U.A.W. was signed on February 11,
Ken Laubert elected for the second time as Negotiator on the Skilled Trades Advisory Committee.
NAFTA takes effect January 1st.
Ratification of Local Agreement on January
18th. Tom Weekley received Doctoral
Degree from Union Institute. February 1994
Gate collection for the Earthquake
Victims of Southern California. Ken
Laubert appointed to the International as
U.A.W. Skilled Trades Representative. March 1994
1500 U.A.W. members attend UAWCAP Legislative Conference in Washington,
Workers Memorial Plaque at Union Hall completed.
Local election of officers held on May 16th. Bob Chambers elected President, Dave Fascia elected Shop Chairman. Kathy Brigger is elected 1st woman bargaining unit representative.
Rally for Caterpillar workers held May 9th in Peoria. IL.
UAW Region 2's
21st Annual Women's
League's 5th Annual
Hooked on Life Fishing
Derby. Local Union
Officers Installation on
meeting held for Child
Care in the plant.
Bob Thomas received Human Spirit Award for his work on Chemical Dependency.
Bob Thomas received Award for the Man of the Year.
Linzy Johnson named Editor of FOCUS.
188 new employees added to the Fabricating Plant.
25th Memorial of Walter P. Reuther
killed in plane crash in May 1970. June 1995
UAW-GM Child Care becomes a reality.
31st Constitutional Convention held in
Anaheim, CA. Owen Bieber retired and
Stephen Yokich elected as new President of
25th Anniversary Celebration held at the
Union Hall on August 6th. On August 27th, our Annual Family Picnic was held at Geauga Lake Park.