Numbers tumble at UAW Local 95
JANESVILLE--In terms of numbers, United Auto Workers Local 95 is a shadow of its former self. With more than 7,100 members spread throughout a variety of area businesses in 2001, the local now represents just 321 at five area companies.
Long gone are the auto industry manufacturers and suppliers—General Motors, Lear Corp. and others—that for decades were the backbone of Local 95.
But the union still lives on at 1795 Lafayette Street in Janesville, where a skeleton staff opens the union hall for a handful of hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Last month, Local 95 got new leadership. Tim Silha and Ron Splan were elected by acclamation to serve as president and vice president. They will fill out the resigned terms of Mike Marcks and David Vaughn, respectively.
Silha and Splan both retired out of the Janesville GM plant, and—like their immediate predecessors—are donating their time to lead the union.
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