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Ken Lortz was re-elected director of UAW Region 2B on June 16, 2010, by delegates to the union’s 35th Constitutional Convention.
Lortz was first elected to the post by delegates at a special Region 2B convention held April 30, 2009, to replace retiring director Lloyd Mahaffey.
Prior to becoming director, Lortz had served as assistant director of the region, which covers the state of Ohio, since 2002 when he was appointed to the position by then-UAW President Ron Gettelfinger.
Following a successful organizing drive at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo in 2000, Lortz was assigned as the lead negotiator for the three newly organized bargaining units in UAW Local 12 that include nurses, technical and service employees. He helped win significantly improved pension, wage and health benefits for nearly 2,800 new UAW members when they won their first contract.
Lortz carried out servicing responsibilities in northwest Ohio as a member of Region 2B staff from 1993 until 2002. His assignments included Independents, Parts and Suppliers; Technical, Office and Professional contracts, and national Chrysler facilities.
Lortz has been a UAW member since 1970 when he joined Local 336 at Atlas Crankshaft in Fostoria, Ohio. He served the members of Local 336 in a variety of positions from 1974 to 1993, including as president and chairman of the bargaining committee.
Active in his community, Lortz is a life member of the NAACP. He also serves on the board of directors for Camp Courageous, an organization that provides camping experiences and respite weekends for individuals with developmental disabilities. Additionally, Lortz serves on the board of directors for the Toledo Police Athletic League (PAL) and was appointed by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to serve as co-chair of the Governor's Ohio Auto Industry Support Council.
Lortz is also a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) and the Old Newsboys Scholarship Committee.
Lortz was born Oct. 2, 1952 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. He and his wife, Karen, were married in 1973 and have a son, two daughters, and two grandsons. They live in Carey, Ohio, and are members of Our Lady of Consolation Parish and Basilica.