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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 >>>

DETROIT — UAW President Dennis Williams, surrounded by UAW negotiating committee members, officially began 2015 contract negotiations with Ford Motor Co. today with a handshake with Ford’s negotiating team at the Cass Technical High School in Detroit... 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.

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 The UAW Civil & Human Rights Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, Sunday, August 30, 2015 through Friday, September 4, 2015. Registration will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the reception center.
The Conference will be limited to delegates only (NO SPOUSES OR CHILDREN).

 

I am pleased to announce a UAW Region 2-B Women’s Conference has been scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 2, 3 & 4, 2015. The conference will be hosted by UAW Local 2209, 5820 East 900 North, Roanoke, IN 46783. The theme of the Conference is “Putting the Pieces Together for a Stronger Union”. Read more >>>

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 2016.  These prestigious $10,000 awards are based on ACT scores, class rank, extra-curricular activites, 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. Read more >>>

The UAW 2015 National Veterans Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, October 11-16, 2015.

Lost time, transportation cost, room and board, and registration fees will be the responsibility of the Local Union/Unit sending the delegate

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Region 2-B recognizes the continuing supporters of the Richard T. Gosser Scholarship: Thank you all so much for your generous support of this very worthwhile program that rewards the hard-working children of our members as they start their college lives. Please see inside for a listing of these generous supporters, and to find out more about this valuable program. Read more >>>

For the last sixteen 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.

The outing attracts support from many companies, unions, and organizations in the area. The 2015 outing will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Legends of Indiana Golf Course, 2221 North Hurricane Road, Franklin, Indiana. Please include this event in your plans for 2015.

The 31st Annual UAW Civil and Human Rights Conference will be held Sunday, August 30 through Friday, September 4, 2015, at the Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center.

Registration of delegates will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the reception center. Attendance is limited to delegates only.

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The A. Philip Randolph Institute’s (APRI) 45th National Education Conference will be August 12-16, 2015. The convention headquarter hotel is the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel, Savannah, Georgia. Read more >>>

The 2015 Region 2-B Golf Tournament has been canceled due to low registrations last year.

The 106th NAACP Annual Convention will convene on Saturday, July11, 2015 and will continue through Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Phiadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

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.

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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 >>>

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.

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Region 2-B Director Ken Lortz announces a series of leadership training sessions scheduled around our Region in the coming weeks. 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 >>>

The 2015 International UAW Women's Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, August 9-14, 2015.

Registration of delegates will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Reception Center. The Conference will convene on Sunday evening, August 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall and conclude on Friday morning, August 14, 2015.

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The 2015 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 26 – Friday, July 31
Sunday, September 20 – Friday, September 25

The 28th Annual International UAW Chaplaincy Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, May 31-June 5, 2015.

The Conference will convene on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., May 31, 2015, and conclude on Friday, June 5, 2015.

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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.

 

The 2015 UAW Health and Safety Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center at Black Lake in Onaway, Michigan from Sunday, May 17 through Friday, May 22, 2015. Delegates should plan to arrive at the Center between 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.; the conference will promptly start at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2015. Read more >>>

The 2015 Region 2-B Bowling Tournament was held in January and February at Jug's Bowling Alley in Toledo, Ohio. Click the link below for the tournament results.

The International Bowling Tournament information will be posted on this site when it becomes available.

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 >>>

The 2015 Region 2-B Retiree Council Meeting will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron, Ohio Read more >>>

Region 2-B Calendar of Events for 2015 is available. Read more >>>

The UAW Community Services Department will hold its annual Community Services Conference May 10-15, 2015 at the UAW Family Education Center, Black Lake. Registration deadline is May 1, 2015. Read more >>>

We have scheduled two Financial Officers Seminars. The training provided at each Seminar will be identical, so you may chose the session that is most convenient for you to attend. The first seminar will be held April 14 and 15, 2015 at the Region 2-B Headquarters, 1691 Woodlands Drive, Maumee, Ohio 43537. The second Seminar will be held April 28 and 29, 2015 at the Region 2-B Indianapolis Sub-Regional Office, 5850 Fortune Circle West, Indianapolis, IN 46241.

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

The 2015 UAW Leadership Institute will be held at the Walter & May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, Black Lake, Michigan.  Because the Leadership Institute is one week only this year, April 12-17, 2015, seating is limited.   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 >>>

 It is my pleasure to share the outstanding achievement that Region 2-B has reached with the March of Dimes.  In the 2014 March for Babies season, Region 2-B membership raised over $250,000!   Read more >>>

The UAW Financial Officers' Conference will be held sunday, March 1 through Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The official call letter and the registration link is available below. 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 >>>

It’s Our Time to Build Solidarity in the Ranks
Through Strong UAW Local Union Education Committees

Region 2-B and the UAW Education Department are working together to build solidarity in the ranks through our Local Union Education standing committees. A plan of action is in place to provide our Education Committees more program support and training so that they can effectively energize and activate our members, to the benefit of the membership, the Local Union, Region 2-B and the UAW as a whole.

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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 >>>


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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