Amherst-based United Auto Workers Region 9 has a new director.
Jeff Binz, who lives in Burlington, N.J., was elected at a special convention. He fills a vacancy created when Terry Dittes was elevated to UAW vice president earlier this month. Region 9 covers Western and Central New York, New Jersey and most of Pennsylvania, which encompasses more than 20,000 active UAW members.
Binz has held a number of roles with Region 9 since 2000. As regional director, Binz serves on the UAW International executive board.
Binz joined a UAW local in New Jersey in 1976 when he was hired at a GM components plant. Binz's original local later closed, and he is now a member of UAW Local 774.