Director Ken Lortz
Delegates to the Union’s 35th Constitutional Convention re-elected him in June 2010 to lead the Region after being first elected at a special Region 2-B convention in April 2009 to replace retiring Director Lloyd Mahaffey.
Prior to becoming Director, Lortz served as Assistant Director of the Region, since 2002 when he was appointed to the position by 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 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 2-B Staff from 1993 until 2002. His assignments included Independents, Parts and Suppliers; Technical, Office and Professional contracts, and National Chrysler Group LLC 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 terms as President and Chairman of the bargaining committee.
Lortz was trained and served as a Medic in the Army National Guard from 1971 to 1977.
Active in his community, Lortz is a life member of the NAACP and a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women. 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.
Ken and his wife Karen, were married in 1973 and have a son, two daughters, and five grandsons. They live near Carey, Ohio, and are members of Our Lady of Consolation Parish and Basilica.