Ron Patenaude

Ron Patenaude

President, UAW 2322

Ron moved to Springfield 35 years ago after graduating high school and has lived in western Massachusetts ever since. Starting a pottery and stained glass business in 1986 at his home in the Maple High-Six Corners neighborhood and working in the hospitality industry he still made time to be involved in city politics. Ron was a member of his Neighbor Council and the Neighborhood Watch.

In 1993 Ron went to work in the healthcare field working at an area hospital as an alcohol and substance abuse counselor and mental health counselor, spending the next 12 years helping people learn to help themselves.

When their employer tried to cut their wages, increase their health insurance costs and make other changes to their wages, benefits and working conditions, Ron joined his coworkers and helped lead and win a campaign to join UAW 2322. He spent the next 6 years fighting for and winning better wages and benefits for his coworkers as chief steward of the union.

In 2004 Ron ran for and won the position of President of UAW Local 2322 and has worked tirelessly with the 3,200 workers they represent to fight for and win better wages, benefits and working conditions, so they and their families can enjoy a better life.

In 2006 Ron won the Pioneer Valley Labor Leader of the Year award for his efforts on behalf of working people and the community. Later that year Ron and the UAW worked on the campaign to elect Deval Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth. The UAW was the second major union to endorse Deval due in no small part to Ron’s efforts. In recognition of Ron’s efforts for workers, Governor Patrick appointed him to the Commonwealth Corporation Board of Directors which oversees over $34 million annually in funding for job training in the Commonwealth.


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