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LORDSTOWN, Ohio - A new leader is taking over at UAW Local 1714 in Lordstown.

An international representative swore in Robert Morales as the union's newly elected president Tuesday. Taking over the role after former president Dave Green for the job, Morales says he's thankful for the membership having his back.

"I want to be a voice for our membership, I feel it's important that we voice the concerns of our membership to the voices above," Morales said.

Being an auto worker is in his blood. Morales is a second-generation employee at the Lordstown Metal Center plant, following in the footsteps of his father who started his career there in the late 1960s.

To keep the local union strong, Morales plans to help boost its presence in the community.

It's been anything but a smooth ride for General Motors in recent years. The 2008 recession, layoffs in Lordstown and a bankruptcy were all tough hurdles for the valley workers.

But with the production lines gaining momentum, Morales is confident GM is on the right path.

"Coming from '08 and almost losing everything in '08 to where we are, we're thriving, we're building cars, we're building quality cars," Morales said. "We know that the success we do, contributes to our communities."

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