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LUCA CONFERENCE SET FOR OCTOBER

Many UAW members look to their local to stay informed about union issues. That means locals need the skills to share information members want about union issues, contracts, committees and elections, particularly as we head into a busy election year in 2018 with congressional control at stake. The best way to improve union website, social media, writing, photography and video skills, or learn those skills for the first time, is to attend the UAW-LUCA (Local Union Communication Association) Conference at Black Lake, Oct. 29 through Nov. 3...

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UAW Bowling Championships Feature Tough Competition, Family Fun

Bowling is serious business for many UAW members. You could tell by the concentration, determination, frustration and exhilaration on the bowlers’ faces as they competed in the UAW International Bowling Tournament...

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Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on Charlottesville

“The events in Charlottesville this weekend will long serve as a reminder that time has a way of washing away the tears of the past where hate bullied many Americans both in society and in the workplace through intolerance.

“The UAW condemns the hate and intolerance of the alt-right groups that led to such violence in Charlottesville. Every woman and every man is equal in their civil and workplace rights regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation in society and in the workplace. We cannot take our freedom for granted, and we cannot forget the lessons that history forged through the sacrifice of many brave Americans in our military, in labor and in our civil rights struggles to secure those freedoms.”

SUPPORT TWO GREAT CAUSES – THE USA & YOUR LOCAL

Let’s Have a Trade Agreement that Benefits Working Families

Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot in 1992 predicted there would be a “giant sucking sound” of jobs leaving the United States if the then-proposed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was approved...

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GOP Budget Cuts Only Benefit the Wealthy, Corporations

In today’s hyper-partisan political environment and 24- hour news cycle, avoiding distraction and keeping track of the decisions our elected leaders make can be next to impossible. The actions of Congress and the president impact the safety of our work environments, our wages, affordability of our health care, access to job training, quality of our children’s education, and so much more. It is for these reasons that we must make sure our voices are heard by our leaders...

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DETROIT, MICH. – The UAW International Executive Board (IEB) on Tuesday passed a resolution calling for the release of unjustly charged and imprisoned trade unionists in South Korea, including President Han Sang-gyun of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and KCTU General Secretary, Lee Young-joo. Specifically, the resolution calls on the Government of the Republic of Korea to “rescind all sentences and drop all charges against trade unionists that are related to peaceful protest, including those against President Han and General Secretary Lee...” Read more >>>

The 2016 elections are over; and, as you know, Mr. Trump and the Republicans now control the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Supreme Court, and the White House. As a group they have wasted little time in trying to change health care, trade, immigration, and Social Security.

You, as UAW retirees, have fought long and hard for the benefits many working families currently enjoy. But these items, along with many others, are under attack. The UAW continues to lobby and fight, through the court system, to protect these issues along with collective bargaining rights, rights to organize and the right to peacefully assemble so our voices can be heard...

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UAW President: My Union Suffered Some Setbacks, Here's What We're Doing About Them

 The UAW has a proud history in the south with more than 55,000 active members and 60,000 retirees. Last year alone more than 1,323 workers in the south voted to join the UAW, including Volkswagen workers in Tennessee who came back after a defeat in 2014 and voted to join us. The reason for their support is clear: the UAW delivers for our members.

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 A New Trade Deal Needs a New Focus

In 1979, Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination and in his speech he called for a “North American accord” which he said will produce “a North American continent in which the goods and people of the three countries will cross boundaries more freely.” It would take more than a decade for Reagan’s idea to come to fruition, but after Congress passed the Trade and Tariff Act of 1984 giving the president “fast-track” authority to negotiate free trade, Reagan could pursue his vision. Reagan passed the baton to President George H.W. Bush who continued negotiations with Mexico and Canada for a trade deal...

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 √ We are and have been in the U.S. South

  • Over 55,000 UAW Members reside in communities throughout the South
  • Over 66,000 UAW retirees in the south
  • Over 13% of all active UAW Members are in the South

We are organizing in the South – it’s not just high-profile

  • Over the past year Five southern locals have joined the UAW with over 1,323 members in Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky.
  • Almost 3,000 organized since the VW vote in 2014.
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Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on Nissan Vote

 “The courageous workers of Nissan, who fought tirelessly for union representation alongside community and civil-rights leaders, should be proud of their efforts to be represented by the UAW. The result of the election was a setback for these workers, the UAW and working Americans everywhere, but in no way should it be considered a defeat.

“Perhaps recognizing they couldn’t keep their workers from joining our union based on the facts, Nissan and its anti-worker allies ran a vicious campaign against its own workforce that was comprised of intense scare tactics, misinformation and intimidation.

“American workers need champions more than ever. The workers of Nissan deserve to have the job security, safe working conditions and collective bargaining power that come only from belonging to a union. The UAW will continue to be on the frontlines of that fight for all workers.”

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Fuyao Glass America, a Chinese firm, now occupies a 1920s General Motors plant that was once a major employer in the small city of Moraine.

Click below to see the video of our Region 2-B Leadership Week at the Family Education Center in July.

The University of Michgian-Dearborn - Center for Labor and Community Studies presents the 2017 Latina/o Workers Leadership Institute, September 22-23, 2017 in Dearborn, Michigan.   Read more >>>

TO: Local Union Presidents, Recording Secretaries and Bargaining Unit Chairpersons

Greetings:

I am pleased to announce the schedule for the 2017 UAW Leadership Institute which will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center (FEC), Black Lake, Michigan. The conference theme for this year is “Building Stronger Local Unions through Member Engagement”.

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Dear Local Union Presidents:

This year’s Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) National Latino Workers Conference and 45th Anniversary Event will be held in Washington, DC, September 6-7, 2017.

To register for the conference and the hotel, click on the link below.

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Greetings:

For the last eighteen years, The Director's Charitable Fund, Inc. (UAW Region 2-B) has hosted a golf outing that has raised several hundred thousand dollars for selected worthwhile charities. This year we are honoring Gary Sorrell, Retired Assistant Director. Gary organized the outing since its beginnings and devoted 17 years to making this an awesome event. Gary passed on to his eternal reward this year and the Fund has determined to make this a memorial outing in his memory.

The 2017 outing will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Legends of Indiana Golf Course, 2221 North Hurricane Road, Franklin, Indiana. Please include this event in your plans for 2017.

 

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July 2017

 

Dear Local Union Presidents:

The 19th Biennial Convention of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) will convene on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, and will continue through Saturday, September 9, 2017, in Detroit, Michigan. The theme for this year’s CLUW Convention is “Women: Taking it to the Streets.” The convention hotel is the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Please check the CLUW website (www.cluw.org) for additional information on the Convention program schedule, to download registration material, or to register online.

 

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To: Presidents, Recording Secretaries and Unit Chairpersons in Region 2-B, UAW

Greetings:

The UAW 2017 National Veterans Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, October 8-13, 2017.

Lost time, transportation cost, room and board, and registration fees will be the responsibility of the Local Union/Unit sending the delegate. If your worksite is more than 500 miles one way, you are eligible to fly. For more information, see the attached Travel Reimbursement information. All airline reservations are to be made through Black Lake using the following website: http://www.cvent.com/d/4vqtfw

Total cost of Room and Board and the Registration Fee is $600.00. Checks should be made payable to the "2017 UAW National Veteran's Conference" and must be returned, along with the enclosed Delegate Registration Form to MY OFFICE by Friday, September 15, 2017. Registrations will not be accepted without payment.

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The Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from the daughters and sons of UAW Region 2B Affiliated Local members who will graduate from high school in 2018. The ACT test is required. If the student has not previously taken the ACT, they should sign up to take the ACT test and have your test scores sent to our office by listing our code number 9894. Read more >>>

A. Philip Randolph Institute
MIDWEST REGION

CONFERENCE CALL LETTER

“Stay Woke: Get Educated, Get Organized, Take Action”

September 22- 24, 2017
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana

Under this new administration the time has come for us to gather together civil and human rights activists, strong labor leaders, to unite for labor rights, civil and human rights at our A. Philip Randolph Institute Midwest Region Education Conference.

Stay Woke: Get Educated, Get Organized, Take Action

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May 8, 2017

 

To: All Region 2-B Retired Worker Chapter Chairpersons:

We are happy to announce it’s time once again for our annual Black Lake Region 2-B UAW Leadership weeks at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center in Onaway, Michigan.

 

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 Twelve outstanding high school seniors from Region 2-B UAW families have been awarded a $10,000.00 college scholarship by the Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Awards Program. The scholarships were presented Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Ken Lortz, President of the Scholarship Awards Program at a luncheon held at the Region 2-B, UAW Building located in Maumee, Ohio.

The Gosser Scholarship Awards Program, named in honor of the late UAW Vice President and Regional Director, Richard T. Gosser was established in 1962.

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 These are not alternative facts....

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

As you know, our Region’s top organizing priority is the Fuyao Glass plant in Moraine, OH, just outside of Dayton. The plant—which now employs over 1,500 production workers—has become the world’s largest automotive glass plant. Fuyao’s low wages, dangerous working conditions, and unfair policies pose a direct threat to two UAW-represented glass plants in the Region—in Crestline, OH and Evansville, IN. On April 30, Fuyao workers held a Town Hall meeting at which they, along with local elected officials and community leaders, challenged the company to respect their right to organize with the UAW. (You can watch the video from the meeting here: http://fuyaoforward.org/town-hall/).

Click on the links below for the official call letter and online petition.

 

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The 108th NAACP Annual Convention will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, July 22-26, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Convention’s theme will be “NAACP: Steadfast and Immovable.”

In order to have a voice and fully participate at the Convention, we would like to encourage that delegates attending the Convention be elected as voting delegates from their respective local NAACP unit or branch. To register for the NAACP Convention, go to www.naacpcovention.org.

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To: All Local Union Presidents, Recording Secretaries, and Unit Chairpersons in Region 2-B, UAW

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The 33rd Annual UAW Civil and Human Rights Conference will be held Sunday, August 27 through Friday, September 1, 2017, at the Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center.

Registration of delegates will be held on Sunday, August 27, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Main Gate. Attendance is limited to delegates only.

 

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April 27, 2017


TO: Local Union Presidents, Recording Secretaries, Chairpersons of Bargaining Committees, CAP Council Chairpersons and Recording Secretaries, Region 2-B, UAW

The 2017 Region 2-B, UAW Leadership Institute will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center in Onaway, Michigan. The Leadership Institute will be held on two separate weeks, please indicate your preference on the registration form.

Sunday, July 16 – Friday, July 21
Sunday, September 17 – Friday, September 22

Delegates should plan to arrive at the Center between 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, and depart after breakfast on Friday.

Your timely response is important as last year we had a waiting list.

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To: All Local Union Presidents, Recording Secretaries, Financial Secretaries, and Unit Chairpersons in Region 2-B UAW

Greetings:

I am pleased to announce the UAW Region 2-B Women’s Conference has been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8, 2017. The conference will be hosted by UAW Local 685, 929 East Hoffer, Kokomo, Indiana 46902. The theme of the Conference is “This Is Who We Are”. There will be early registration on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration and continental breakfast will be 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at UAW Local 685. The conference will run Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with dinner at 6 pm. Continental breakfast will also be served at the local on Sunday from 7:30 to 8:30 am., then the conference will start at 9 a.m. and conclude by noon.

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Check out the 2016 V-CAP Prize Winners- over $12,000 in cash and other prizes were awarded in our prize drawing.

Region 2-B Calendar of Events for 2017 is available. Click on the link for a printable copy.

 

To: Region 2-B, UAW Local Union Presidents, Chairpersons, CAP Chairs and Retired Workers Chairs

Greetings:

It is my pleasure to share the outstanding achievement Region 2-B has reached with the March of Dimes. In the 2016 March for Babies season, Region 2-B membership raised nearly $234,000! Nationally, the UAW raised nearly $800,000 and our Region raised 29% of that total! Thankfully, considerable progress has been made in improving the care of premature infants after birth, but premature birth is still the #1 killer of babies.

Your continued support and commitment will allow the March of Dimes to continue to fight the causes of premature birth by funding lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at preventing premature births, birth defects and infant mortality. I thank you all for the funds you have raised to fight premature birth that have helped to ensure every baby is born healthy.

 

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Dear fellow Brothers and Sisters:

As members of organized labor, we know how important it is for each of us to do our part to make our community a great place to live and work. That’s why the UAW region 2B is a proud partner and supporter of United Way.

Even in times of economic distress, our members have joined forces with others to advance the common good. As a result, we are making great strides in strengthening our communities. United Way also shares a common vision with us and is working to improve education, income, and health—the building blocks of a good life. Together, we are ensuring union members, their families, and communities, have access to essential services like food and shelter.

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If Portman and Trump had it their way, 30,000 auto-industry jobs might have never returned.

Innovation Ohio has just released a new report on the success of the auto rescue.  Its findings demonstrate that while it was characterized as a “lousy deal for Ohio” by Rob Portman at the time of its implementation, the auto bailout has in fact been a resounding success. Indeed, the auto industry is now thriving and is as integral to Ohio’s economic success as ever. 

 

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We called, and you answered.

Our locked out Sisters and Brothers at Local 9 in South Bend, Indiana remain solid in their resolve to achieve a fair Collective Bargaining Agreement.

 

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Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

This letter is to inform all local unions of an urgent health and safety issue in need of attention. Just today we received another heartbreaking report of a Brother who received life threatening injuries when a press cycled during a servicing task. He is in serious condition and may lose his arms or worse, his life; and this is not an isolated incident.

There is an epidemic of injuries across the country and our membership is on the front lines. As of January 2015 new regulations require notification of OSHA in the event of an amputation or hospitalization. Since the requirement went into effect, there have been many thousands of injuries reported. Many locations are facing OSHA inspections because of these serious accidents.
In the last 24 months, five UAW members lost their lives because of faulty energy control

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To: All UAW Local Unions, CAP Councils, and Retired Worker Councils in Region 2B

Re: Urgent Need for Blood Nationwide

Greetings:

Over many decades, the relationship between Organized Labor and the American Red Cross has been a tremendous help to those in need in all of our communities. As summer begins, the American Red Cross is facing a difficult collections time and I am asking each of you to help meet the need.

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Region 2-B Calendar of Events for 2016 is available. Read more >>>

Twelve outstanding high school seniors from Region 2-B UAW families have been awarded a $10,000.00 college scholarship by the Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Awards Program. The scholarships were presented Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by Ken Lortz, President of the Scholarship Awards Program at a luncheon held at the Region 2-B, UAW Building located in Maumee, Ohio.

The Gosser Scholarship Awards Program, named in honor of the late UAW Vice President and Regional Director, Richard T. Gosser was established in 1962.

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At the request of many local unions and supporters, and by action of the Gosser Scholarship Membership at the May 2012 meeting, a program was conceived which allows those interested to financially support the scholarship program.
The program was originally set-up to be supported by UAW Region 2-B local unions who wished to participate. They could do so by making a one-time contribution of $0.50 per member. This was later raised to the current $0.60.

In 2003 an annual golf outing was initiated to grow the assets of the program, and in 2012 the Continuing Supporter Program was added.

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Watch the latest in the series of UAW Region 2-B messages from Director Ken Lortz.    Read more >>>

On the 7th anniversary of President Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, here are some statistics we should all be concerned about and take notice of:

Under Indiana Governor Mike Pence's leadership and the "Right to Work is Wrong" (RTWIW) legislation jammed through the Indiana State Legislature by members of his party, Hoosiers make $.86 for every American dollar, dropping Indiana to 39th in per capita income. And according to a study by the American Association of University Women, Hoosier women make $.73 cents for every dollar men make working comparable jobs, ranking Indiana 46th in the nation and below the national average of 77 cents. (We can take great pride that our Collective Bargaining Agreements require equal pay in Union represented work sites, another reason why RTWIW.)

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 Sisters and Brothers,

Monday January 18th is a significant day in our history, as we rightfully celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. So I would like to take some time to reflect about Dr. Martin Luther King. Although he passed away before I was born, and despite the fact that I never met him, or never was able to actually hear him speak in person, the things that he stood for and the words that he used to inspire people have had a profound effect on my life and the lives of millions of men and women in the labor movement. So I thought it would be nice to share some facts and history with everyone as we reflect on Dr. King this upcoming Monday. 

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 Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation (pushed by corporate CEO's and their allies) that will gut unemployment compensation benefits.  Please call your representative today and tell them to oppose this harmful bill - and spread the word!  Read more >>>

Read the letter from retired member and former President of Local 2147 recently published in the Lima News about the real story behind so-called right to work.  Read more >>>


 This 30 second message from Director Ken Lortz will air on local stations this fall.  Read more >>>

How to Submit Local Union Bylaws

Bylaws submitted to the International Union for review and approval should be typed or printed on 8 ½ x 11 sized paper.

To resubmit your Bylaws with changes, revisions or amendments, please take the following steps:

 

 

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 Check out this 2 minute 30 second clip from Robert Reich about why labor unions must be strengthened in America.   Read more >>>

For some time now, we have been monitoring the extremist's Right to Work is Wrong activity in Ohio and I have been asking you to be ready when we call you to action. On August 21, 2015, we called- and you answered!  The level of participation and commitment of Region 2-B was not surprising and exceeded the expectations of many.  Region 2-B was the best represented Labor Union at the rally, our numbers exceeded every other Labor Union.  Your readiness to organize and jump to action was second to none.  For that I extend my deepest gratitude and sincere thanks.  I was proud to stand with you and send a clear message that we will not tolerate Right to Work is Wrong, or any other anti-union, anti worker effort.  Read more >>>


Check out Region 2-B's Labor Day message: A thank you to the American worker.  Read more >>>

UAW Region 2-B has a long-standing and proud tradition of awarding scholarships each year to (11) eleven high school seniors from participating Local UAW families in Indiana and Ohio. The affiliated Local Union Presidents voted this year to raise the scholarships to twelve (12) 10,000 scholarships beginning in 2016.

The program was established to honor the memory of former Region 2-B Director and International Vice-President, Richard T. Gosser. Initially, in 1962, a single, $2000 scholarship was awarded. A foundation was established, and through contributions, the award dollar amount and number of recipients grew over the years.

As a means to keep the foundation strong and the scholarships growing even larger, Retired Regional Director, Lloyd Mahaffey, in 2004, established the first annual Richard T. Gosser Golf Outing. Local Unions, units and employers from around the state of Ohio and Indiana field teams. All proceeds go directly to the foundation and (12) twelve, $10,000 Scholarships are awarded each year.

Including the 2015-2016 winners, 320 students have received Gosser scholarships.

Region 2-B UAW Retirees also award (6) six $1000 scholarship awards to the finalists, investing in the future of an additional 107 students. In 2016, the Region 2-B Retirees are raising the (6) six scholarships to $1500.

In all the Gosser awards and the Retiree awards total over $2.2 million in scholarships awarded over the last 54 years.

 

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Check out the latest message from Director Ken Lortz: make worker safety a priority in all our workplaces.  Read more >>>

Every year it is estimated that 8,268 Ohio women and 4,590 Indiana women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and an estimated 2,672 in both states combined will lose their lives to this horrible disease. These numbers are not acceptable. Read more >>>

The one half hour dues increase adopted at the 36th Constitutional Convention in June 2014 should only be forwarded to the Strike and Defense Fund as detailed in Article 16, Section 5(b) of the Constitution.

This extra half hour should not be included in the calculations when determining per capita taxes to any other affiliates (i.e. Region 2B Article 23 Exchange, IPS Councils or any other Council subject to a percentage calculation rather than a cents per member calculation). Per capita taxes to these affiliates should only be paid on the normal equivalent of 2 hours pay.

 

 In 2015, let's recommit to Dr. King's mission to secure the right to vote. Read more >>>

Check out the link for information from the United Steelworkers about how to purchase tires made by Union members.  Read more >>>

In President Kennedy's January 20, 1961 Inaugural Address, he said, "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." Our Veterans have paid that price, bore that burden, and met that hardship. Read more >>>

On the morning of April 17, 2014, workers at Piston Automotive in Toledo went on strike to gain union recognition.  A majority of workers support the UAW, but until now management refused to recognize the union. Today, as a result of the courqage and solidarity of these workers, and all the other UAW members who supported them, Piston management agreed to card check recognition of the UAW.     Read more >>>


Over the past few months, people from all over the country have been talking about how their lives have been touched by health care reform.
Today, we'd like to share one of the stories that moved us.

Renee is a mother of three young children who was blindsided by cancer. She was rejected from her husband's health insurance, and several other private plans, because of a pre-existing condition -- leaving her stuck with a plan that had a yearly limit and additional stress that the care she needed might not be covered.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Renee now has the coverage she needs.

You have to hear Renee tell her story -- then, pass it on to show others exactly why health care reform matters.

 

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Take 6 minutes and check out this video highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

So-called right to work laws are wrong for working and middle class families.  These laws make paying union dues optional - even though unions are required by law to represent all workers under their agreements.  In other words, the laws give people the right to shirk - since all the benefits of a union contract still cover everyone, regardless if they pay dues or not.  As a result, unions will have trouble representing members and negotiating contracts because bargaining power will be lost.

The effort to pass a right to shirk law is currently under way in Ohio.  Recently these laws were passed in Indiana and Michigan.  In Ohio, the same people who wanted to take away our collective bargaing rights with Senate Bill 5 are behind the right to shirk.  It's crucial that we educate ourselves and our co-workers, families, neighbors and friends about the truth behind this deceitful effort.   When was the last time billionaires spent millions of dollars to give more rights and freedom in the workplace?

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Check out Region 2-B's most recent commercial! Read more >>>


 News organizations from across the State of Ohio are questioning Gov. Kasich’s Jobs Ohio. Watch this video for the latest news on what others are saying about Jobs Ohio.

As members of organized labor, we know how important it is for each of us to do our part to make our community a great place to live and work. That’s why the UAW Region 2-B is a proud partner and supporter of United Way.

United Way also shares a common vision with us and is working to improve education, income, and health—the building blocks of a good life. Together, we are ensuring union members, their families, and communities, have access to essential services like food and shelter.

As a UAW Member, you can make a difference. I urge you to support United Way in their efforts to bring together people and organizations from across the community with the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. 

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