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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 >>>

Director Lortz has published the call letter for the 2014 Region 2-B Leadership Weeks at Black Lake.  The weeks are as follows:

July 27 - Aug. 1, 2014 and Sept. 14 -19, 2014.

Workshop sessions this year include: Collective Bargaining; UAW 101; Grievance Handling; Financial Officer training (offered in July only), and CAP (offered in September only). The sessions are open to any active member in Region 2-B.

This is a great opportunity to improve your representation skills, whether new to leadership or a long term representative. Learn about our great union and experience fun and fellowship with other UAW members from all over our Region.

Inside are the CALL LETTER and the REGISTRATION FORM.

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See inside for the call letter, delegate registration, hotel registration & map for the 2014 Constitutional Convention.  Hotel reservations must be made through the Region 2-B office by  May 6, 2014.   Read more >>>

April 28 is Worker Memorial Day. This year our theme is: "Safe Jobs, Save Lives, Make Your Voices Heard."  I am asking each Local Union President and Bargaining Unit Chairperson to plan a Worker Memorial Day event at your worksite or Local Union hall, and to do all you can to encourage participation of our members and employers.

Assuring work place safety should be a priority in everything we do. I am proud of the efforts Region 2-B Leadership and our membership has put forth in 2013, and I am even more pleased to report that there has not been a single work place fatality in the UAW in the entire calendar year 2013 and there has not been a fatality so far this year. Congratulations and thank you to all who have made that extra effort to assure our members go home to their families at the end of their shift.

 

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Graduate employees commend administration behavior as state labor board confirms majority support

HARTFORD, Conn. — University of Connecticut (UConn) graduate student employees won union recognition today after the State Board of Labor Relations (SBLR) verified that a super majority of the workers signed cards authorizing the Graduate Employee Union/United Auto Workers (GEU-UAW) to represent them in collective bargaining.

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Join us for the 11th Annual Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Golf Outing on July 20, 2014 at the Thunderbird Hils Golf Club in Huron Ohio.  Proceeds benefit the Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Fund, which grants awards of college scholarships to children of UAW Region 2-B members.  Read more >>>

 The 2014 International UAW Women's Conference will be held August 3-8, 2014 at the Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center at Black Lake, Michigan. See inside for registration information and the official call letter. Read more >>>

Governor Kasich’s 3 years in office have not been good for Ohio’s middle class. He and his legislative allies have cut hundreds of millions from public education, passed a state budget that raises all new property taxes by 12.5%, and given tax breaks to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and low income Ohioans.

The new OhioansUnited.org is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about John Kasich’s anti-middle class agenda.

Click here to see their new website.

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The 2014 UAW Family Scholarship weeks have been announced: 

July 6-11 
July 13-18 
July 20-25

These three, one week sessions are offered on a once-in-a-lifetime basis to UAW active members and their families, and are held at the Walter & May Reuther Family Education Center (Black Lake) in Onaway, MI.

But make no mistake, this week is open to single active members and couples as well...

The programs get the whole family involved and active, learning about labor history, UAW history in particular and current issues facing families today.

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The 2014 Region 2-B Conference will be held May 2, 2014 in conjunction with the Region 2-B Advisory Council Meetings on May 3, 2014.  The Conference and Council Meetings will take place at the Park Inn Hotel in Toledo, Ohio.  Nominations and elections will be held for all Advisory Councils except Union Label. 

Hotel room reservations must be made directly to the hotel by April 10, 2014, and are the responsibility of the Local or Unit sending the delegate.  The registration deadline for conference and meeting attendance must be made to the Regional Office by April 21, 2014.  See inside for the official call letter and registration form. 

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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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UAW Region 2B Director Ken Lortz congratulates all of the 2B members who helped make the 2013 fundraising effort for March of Dimes a tremendous success.  Director Lortz is again serving as the March for Babies Labor Industry Chair for the Indiana and Ohio Chapters.  Please join him in making the 2014 goal of $275,000 - and help reach the day when all babies are born healthy.  Read more for the sign up form and more information.  Read more >>>

Please see inside for a link to the IRS website detailing a half cent decrease in the standard mileage rates (from 56 1/2 cents to 56 cents per mile) beginning January 1, 2014.

Local unions whose bylaws provide a maximum allowable rate for mileage reimbursement may begin paying that rate next year. Read more >>>


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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 The 43rd International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) will convene on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 and will continue through Monday, May 26, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme for this year’s CBTU Convention is “Working Together – It Shall Come to Pass.” 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.

 To All Members of Region 2-B, UAW:

Just over seven months ago, we concluded our work on a critical 2012 election cycle. Time has certainly flown by since the election, but hopefully you have found a few moments to relax. Unfortunately, the Right Wing Extremists have not taken any time off. In fact, they have ramped up their attacks on Workers Rights, Voter Rights, Women’s Rights, Immigration Rights and the Rights of our Senior Citizens. These Extremists continue to reward their rich and privileged campaign donors with tax breaks they don’t need, while pushing failed “trickle down” economic policies at the expense of workers. They continue to gerrymander Congressional Districts to avoid being held accountable for their decisions. They continue to push no Rights at Work legislation. They continue to block the effectiveness of the NLRB, and the list goes on, all to the detriment of the American Worker.

Unions are the first, and the last line of defense for American Workers, and the Extremists (funded by the Koch brothers, Carl Rove, the Chamber of Commerce and others) will stop at nothing to weaken labor and have their way with all workers.

 

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DETROIT – We commend President Obama for his leadership and support for the U.S. auto industry. His actions helped prevent a second Great Depression, saving more than a million American jobs in the process. Domestic automakers have pledged investment in U.S. plants through 2015 that will mean more than 40,000 direct manufacturing jobs in the United States.

The renewed American automotive industry is now America’s No. 1 export sector. The Obama administration, American workers and retirees, and the U.S. automotive industry made tough choices and sacrifices to make this turnaround possible. The automobile sector supports over 3 million good-paying jobs in assembly plants, auto parts manufacturing, repair shops, dealerships and other supporting businesses nationwide. In 2012, U.S. automotive exports totaled $133 billion, an increase of more than $17 billion (14 percent) over 2011. Domestic manufacturing has long been the foundation of a strong middle class, and the automobile industry is the one of the most critical for U.S. manufacturing.

Under the president’s leadership, we are implementing higher fuel efficiency standards from 2017-2025, effectively doubling vehicle fuel efficiency, drastically reducing carbon emissions and creating several hundred thousand jobs. About 50,000 of these jobs will be in auto parts manufacturing and vehicle assembly alone.

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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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