New leadership for Local 95
After serving six years as first vice president, Dutcher was elected president of UAW Local 95 in May. He succeeded Mike Sheridan, who retired from GM. Local 95 has several bargaining units, but the largest represents hourly employees at the GM plant.
Dutcher has accepted a regional position with the international union. He’ll replace the retiring Roger Anclam. He starts his new job Monday, July 28, servicing GM in Janesville and other units, including those at Lear Corp., Alcoa, Blackhawk Community Credit Union, Parker Community Credit Union, LSI and Aramark.
Dutcher was elected just days after GM announced plans to cut second-shift production in Janesville. A few weeks later, the automaker went one step further and said it will cease production in Janesville by 2010 at the latest.
That announcement prompted Gov. Jim Doyle to name Dutcher and Janesville School Board member Tim Cullen as leaders of a coalition to convince GM to keep some presence in Janesville. Dutcher said he will remain with the group.
“It’s been an honor to represent the hard working members of Local 95 over the 13 years in which they have elected me,” Dutcher said. “I will continue to do all that is within my power to do what’s best for Janesville.”
Dutcher said that while his title is changing, his commitment to Janesville is not.
“I feel it is important to continue to have Janesville Local 95 people on the international staff to urge our international union to keep behind Janesville and its workers,” he said.
Andy Richardson, the local’s first vice president, will become president. Union bylaws allow Dutcher to continue as president for six months, but he said he’ll turn over the reins to Richardson before that, probably at the end of August.
Richardson, who has more than 23 years experience at GM, was elected first vice president in May and has experience as a committeeman. He’s also served on the local bargaining committee for the past nine years.
“The first goal is to get another product in here,” Richardson said. “I’ve been on the same page with (Dutcher) and sat in the same meetings. His office is just moving across the hall from mine, and he’s offered his full commitment and will stick with us through thick and thin.”