Champion of worker and senior rights, Elmer Blankenship, dies at age of 95

Former Region 3 Assistant Director Elmer E. Blankenship, Jr., age 95 of Indianapolis passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021. 

Elmer was appointed Education Representative for Region 3 by Walter Reuther, July 15, 1957. During the UAW staff lay-offs (1958 & 59) he served as a Staff Representative for the Industrial Union Department AFL-CIO assigned to study the impact and work for repeal of the Indiana Right to Work Law. Following the merger of the Indiana State AFL and CIO, he was named Education Representative and coordinated the first two annual Summer Schools for the merged organization. He also worked in their political action program and was a Lobbyist during the Indiana General Assembly Sessions.

Elmer was recalled to the UAW as Citizenship Legislative Representative in Region 3 in 1960. In 1965 he transferred to the Region 3 Service Staff. Elmer was assigned to assist in special arbitration throughout Region 3.

Elmer was appointed Co-Assistant Director of Region 3, UAW, October 15, 1972. Elmer helped Locals establish apprenticeship and other skilled training programs. He assisted in the establishment of the Region 3 UAW-GM Human Resource Center and the UAW-Chrysler Region 3 Training Center. He administered progress to assist laid off workers to make the transition to new jobs.

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