Director Terry Dittes
Dittes was first elected director of Region 9 at a special convention held on March 26, 2014 in Buffalo N.Y.
Dittes was hired at the Fisher Body Plant in Trenton, N.J., in 1978 and became a member of UAW Local 731. In 1980 he transferred to General Motors Parts Warehouse in Bensalem, Pa., and became a member of amalgamated UAW Local 585. He later became a member of UAW Local 2177 when his plant was granted a charter for that unit in GM Parts.
In 1985, he was elected alternate committeeperson of Local 2177, full-time committeeperson in 1986, and was re-elected to the post in 1989. In 1992, he was elected chairperson of the bargaining committee. He was re-elected as shop chair for two more consecutive terms. He was appointed to the Region 9 Servicing Staff in August 1999 by President Stephen P. Yokich and Region 9 Director Geri Ochocinska. In February 2012 he was appointed assistant director of the UAW Gaming Department by UAW Vice President Joe Ashton. In April 2013, Dittes was appointed assistant director of UAW Region 9 by UAW President Bob King and Region 9 Director Scott Adams.
Dittes married his wife, Gail, in 1979 and they have six children – Melissa, Amy, Ryan, Kevin, Matthew and Teresa. They also have two grandchildren Dominick and Vincent, and two son-in-laws, Nick Esposito and Ryan Gordon. Terry and Gail and his entire family reside in Levittown, Pa.