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Local UAW president transferring to Indiana plant

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LORDSTOWN, Ohio -

As 21 News first reported last week, UAW Local 1112 president is transferring from Lordstown to another General Motors plant in Indiana.

Green made it official on Wednesday, telling 21 News that he's voluntarily transferring to the GM Bedford Castings Operations plant in Bedford, Indiana. 

Green said in an interview on WFMJ Weekend Today last Sunday that if he received a notice, he would have to make the best decision for his family, just like many other families have done and may have to do. Green has relatives in the Cincinnati area, which is less than three hours away from the Bedford plant.

In that interview, Green said he was holding out hope for another product at GM Lordstown as a result of contract talks between the UAW International and GM, which officially got underway in Detroit on Monday.

"I'm very hopeful that they're going to be able to get some product into Lordstown. I'm just not going to give up on that," Green said last Sunday.

He told his fellow membership in his weekly video update on Friday that more transfer notices were received by laid-off workers in the Valley this week.

The locations aside from Bedford included the Lansing Grand River, Lansing Delta Township and Wentzville General Motors plants. 

Green went on to explain that the transfer notices are voluntary and will continue to go out. He says notices went out for five locations recently.

"The reality is GM is gonna give everybody a letter, whether they want one or not. So, you're either gonna have to take an offer somewhere of your choosing or get a letter that says you're getting forced somewhere," Green said in a conversation on Wednesday with 21 News. "For me, Bedford was the closest I can get to family so I'm taking the offer."

According to Green, UAW Local 1112 Vice President Tim O'Hara will take over as president of the local.

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