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‘Non-Union Union’ at Volkswagen Plant Loses Certification

A group billing itself as an alternative to the United Auto Workers union at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee has failed to meet minimum enrollment standards under the German automaker’s internal labor policy.

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Elected officials, labor, clergy and community leaders express support for UAW members in Green Island and South Bend who have been locked out of work for over four months

(Albany, NY) – Supporters of UAW members locked out by Honeywell Aerospace blocked traffic and rallied today at the...

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Honeywell employees protest, demand fair contract

GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Local employees of a manufacturing company protested Wednesday in demand of a fair contract.

The Honeywell workers, based in Green Island, say the company refuses to come to an agreement with their union.

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When local UAW members want to know what’s happening in their local and what the issues are that bring them together – like who the best candidate for workers is in the upcoming election – there’s no one they trust more than their union local. The UAW members who make that communication happen work tirelessly, usually on their own time, to bring it to their union sisters and brothers. Using all the platforms available to them such as social media, photography, video, publications, websites, email, texting and more, the UAW-Local Union Communications Association (LUCA) on Aug. 25 honored those hardworking communicators for a job well done over the past year. Read more >>>

“Over the past two days UAW Local 9 and UAW Local 1508 bargainers met in good faith with Honeywell to bargain a fair and equitable contract.

UAW members once again asked Honeywell to end its lockout and put our members back to work.

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A Statement from UAW Region 2B Director Ken Lortz regarding comments from Mike Pence

“If Mike Pence had his way America would have 2.6 million less jobs and $284.9 billion in lost income for just 2009 and 2010 alone. Every day in communities across Ohio and Indiana the auto rescue pays dividends through family paychecks. It’s astonishing he would double down on his opposition to a bill that saved the American middle class.”

To watch Mike Pence make these comments, see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRFHRvBi88U&feature=youtu.be

Please visit our website for more information on the Auto Recovery.

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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Check out the latest message from the Alliance to all seniors about the upcoming election.  Read more >>>

Honeywell Workers Locked Out in NY & IN

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

Greetings:

The 58th Annual Region 2-B, UAW Bowling Tournament will be held at Pro Bowl West, 1455 Goshen Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. The selected weekends are: January 28 & 29, February 4 & 5, 2017.

I have enclosed a Tournament Notice to display at your worksite and an official entry form. In addition, one official entry form has been sent to each team captain of record from the past 2016 Regional Tournament. Additional entries may be obtained by contacting the Region 2-B UAW Office by telephone at (419) 893-4677.

NOTICE: PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE FINAL STANDINGS AND PRIZE LIST FOR THIS TOURNAMENT WILL NOT BE MAILED OUT IN HARD COPY. THE PRIZE LIST WILL ONLY BE POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE!!

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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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TO: Active Member Leadership & Advisory Council Meetings

Greetings,

Region 2-B, UAW Advisory Councils Meetings (Chaplaincy, Civil Rights, Technical Office & Professional /TOP, Competitive Shops/IPS, Skilled Trades, Union Label, Veterans, and Women's) and Leadership Meeting will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25 & 26, 2016 at Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek, Huron , OH 44839.

I encourage all Local Union Presidents, Bargaining Unit Chairpersons and CAP Council Chairpersons to attend.
 

 
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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MARION, Ind. — General Motors is investing $90.9 million in its Marion Metal Center plant to enhance the facility’s process capability and flexibility.

“This investment in stamping dies and equipment will align Marion Metal Center with GM’s future stamping strategy,” said Dan Hermer, GM North America Manufacturing manager. “This will enable our team to continue delivering quality to our stamping customers throughout North America.”

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 To: Indiana Local Union Presidents and Recording Secretaries, Indiana CAP Council Chairpersons and Regional Retired Worker Exec. Board

UAW INDIANA STATE CAP & SAC CONVENTION CALL

Greetings:

In accordance with Article V, of the UAW Indiana State CAP & SAC By-laws, the 2nd Constitutional Convention is being called at the following time and place:

DATE: Tuesday & Wednesday, October 4-5, 2016

LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Hotel
2501 South High School Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46241
317-243-1029

TIME: Opening Session – 1:00 p.m. – October 4, 2016
Closing Session – Noon – October 5, 2016

 

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Greetings:

The UAW 2016 National Veterans Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, October 9-14, 2016.

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/yfqnmx

 

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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 2B Director Ken Lortz statement on Hillary Clinton endorsement

“Our region will likely decide who will be the next president of the United States. Will it be a candidate that stood with us to protect collective bargaining or a candidate like Donald Trump that wants to shift our jobs south for lower wages? It is time to unite behind Hillary Clinton to protect our jobs and protect our families. Ohio and Indiana will unite in the end because we know our future depends on Hillary Clinton in the White House.”

More than 50 Flint elementary school students will learn and grow in a loving environment this summer at a new Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School sponsored by the Cynthia Estrada Charity Fund. The Freedom School will be administered by Bethel United Methodist Church – Flint, the only historically African-American church in the city. Read more >>>

Greetings:

I am pleased to announce a UAW Region 2-B Women’s Conference has been scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 30, October 1 & 2, 2016. The conference will be hosted by UAW Local 1005, 5615 Chevrolet Blvd., Parma, Ohio 44130. The theme of the Conference is “LEARN TODAY------LEAD TOMORROW”. There will be early registration on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 4-6 p.m. Registration and continental breakfast will be 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at UAW Local 1005. The conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and conclude by noon on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

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

Full Video: UAW president Dennis Williams hosts media roundtable

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 2017.  These prestigious $10,000 awards are based on ACT scores, class rank, extra-curricular activities, letters of recommendation, personality traits and leadership abilities.   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 >>>

“Today is a great day for millions of hardworking Americans and working families because they are finally going to be rightfully paid for working overtime. I commend President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez for their leadership in adopting this commonsense rule that will raise the incomes of more than 4 million working people. The previous outdated overtime rules contained loopholes that many employers used for decades to exploit workers and deny them their earned pay. 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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 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.

This call letter is being mailed to the Retired Worker Chapter Chairperson only. It is the responsibility of each Chairperson to notify the remaining members of their respective Executive Boards. If you have received this letter and are no longer the Chair, please notify the Region 2-B office immediately so the records can be updated accordingly.

Again this year we are modifying the rules for retiree participation to allow substitutions for the top four officers for the July 24 – 29, 2016 session only.

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 Check out the 2015 V-CAP Prize Winners- over $12,000 in cash and other prizes were awarded in our prize drawing. Read more >>>

The 2016 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 24 – Friday, July 29
Sunday, September 18 – Friday, September 23

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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 It is my pleasure to share the outstanding achievement Region 2-B has reached with the March of Dimes. In the 2015 March for Babies season, Region 2-B membership raised over $255,000! This represents a 2% increase over last year. Nationally, the UAW raised nearly $1,000,000 million dollars and our Region raised a quarter of that! Thankfully, considerable progress has been made in improving the care of premature infants after birth, but premature birth is the #1 killer of babies. Read more >>>

 To All Region 2-B Local Union and CAP Council Financial Secretaries: 

Please read more about new IRS filing information regarding Form 940 Schedule A.

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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 >>>

 Greetings:

Region 2-B Staff, our Indiana and Ohio State CAP Leadership, and Local Union Leadership have developed our 2016 V-CAP program. This Program sets clear goals, expectations, and outlines a path to achieve them.

The Program was presented and unanimously endorsed at our October 21, 2015 Leadership meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is now OUR PROGRAM and WE ALL OWN IT.

Your International Servicing and CAP Representatives will assist you in implementing this Program. Some key elements are:

• Raise $1,000,000 in 2016.
• All Elected and Appointed Leadership are expected to set and lead by example.
• All work sites are expected to run V-CAP drives.
• Whenever two or more are gathered, someone should be selling V-CAP tickets.
• Build activism in our CAP Councils, Locals, Units, and Retired Worker Chapters.

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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 >>>


Check out this message from Senator Donnelly.   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 >>>

Ohio Locals Only- As a result of state income tax reductions, the Ohio Department of Taxation has issued new employer withholding tables to be used for payroll periods that end on or after August 1, 2015. See inside for the notice and a link to access the new tax tables.  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 2014-2015 winners, 308 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 million in scholarships awarded over the last 52 years.

The Scholarship Program is open to any Region 2-B Local Union, simply by making a one-time contribution of sixty (0.60) cents per member into the fund. The Local Union must have been a participating member prior to the application deadline before Scholarship applications will be accepted from their Local Union.

Parents can obtain the application forms for their graduating senior from their Local Union President or Chairperson. The application deadline each year is October 15. This is a firm date and there is never an exception made.

Awards are made based on ACT scores, class rank, extra-curricular activites, letters of recommendation, personality traits and leadership abilities. Applications are assessed by a seven member team of prominent community leaders and educators, who then select the winners.

Attached below is the application form, guidelines for applicants and information for Local Unions who would like to begin participation.   Click on the link below to register for the ACT and send your scores to our office by listing code 9894.

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UAW Region 2-B Director Ken Lortz is proud to announce that including the 2015 Gosser Scholarship recipients, over $2.2 million has been awarded to the talented high school students of UAW members since the scholarship began.  See inside for the complete letter from Director Lortz to the UAW memberhsip regarding this program.  Read more >>>

Check out the 2014 V-CAP Prize Winners- over $12,000 in cash and other prizes are awarded - see if you are on this list!    Read more >>>

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


Take two minutes and twenty seconds to watch Robert Reich take on Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  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 celebration of International Women’s Day, the UAW Women’s Department will co-sponsor the 5th annual “Women Creating Caring Communities” event on March 14, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Read more >>>

 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 >>>

UAW members across Region 2-B contribute to their communities - watch the latest message from some of them.  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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 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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