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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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When UAW President Dennis Williams took over as president at the 2014 convention, he made it clear that one of the things he wanted his administration to focus on was communicating with rank-and-file UAW members and meeting members where they were at. Read more >>>

Chemical spills, lack of protective gear endanger Creative Foam workers who make auto parts for Ford, GM, Mercedes, Toyota at Dayton plant

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Complaint comes as workers prepare to vote on joining UAW in effort to win safe, good jobs

Dayton, Ohio – Autoworkers at the Creative Foam plant in Dayton filed a complaint Thursday with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calling for an investigation into widespread hazards at the factory, including dangerous chemical leaks and spills, a lack of proper protective gear, and insufficient training on how to handle toxic chemicals that can cause workers to develop asthma and other serious respiratory problems.

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  • Investments in assembly plants total more than $1 billion
  • 1,000 new jobs to be created
  • Plants will be retooled to support growth of Jeep® brand
  • Brings total U.S. investment to more than $6.8 billion with more than 23,500 jobs created since June 2009

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – FCA US today announced that it will invest more than $1 billion in its assembly plants in Illinois and Ohio to retool them to support the future growth of the Jeep® brand. As a result of these investments, 1,000 new jobs will be created, subject to market conditions. Read more >>>

  • Recognition comes on heels of announcement that plant will build Jeep Cherokee
  • Company’s Illinois assembly plant becomes 15th FCA North American facility to achieve milestone award
  • Award recognizes progress toward becoming World Class

July 14, 2016, Auburn Hills, Mich. – The FCA US Belvidere Assembly Plant (Ill.) received two pieces of good news today – the first confirming that it would build the Jeep Cherokee when it moves from its current home in Toledo in 2017 and the second announcing that it has been awarded bronze status for its efforts to improve in World Class Manufacturing (WCM). Read more >>>

In July 2015, Nabisco (Mondelez) announced it had decided to invest $130 million in a plant in Salinas, Mexico, instead of investing it in its iconic Southside Chicago Nabisco bakery. Mondelez called on the workers, represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union, to come up with $46 million in annual savings (in perpetuity) at the Chicago facility for the company, or it would take the $130 million planned investment to its Salinas, Mexico bakery. Read more >>>

Berkeley — Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education. Read more >>>

President Dennis Williams’ Statement on Recent Violent Events

Once again, the UAW like all Americans mourns the loss of two black men seemingly profiled, one in front of a convenience store and one at a traffic stop, and the Dallas police officers who were doing their duty at a peaceful protest. We must find a way together to heal racial divides and differences. We must reject violence and unite as a community to peacefully resolve our differences. America deserves no less.

To: All Local Union Presidents and Chairpersons in Region 2-B UAW

Greetings,

The 32nd Annual UAW Civil and Human Rights Conference is scheduled for August 28 - September 2, 2016 at the UAW Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center. As part of that Conference, the Civil and Human Rights Advisory Council Leadership in each Region is required to provide a report on activities in the Region.

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 Greetings:

The 2016 International UAW Women’s Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, August 7 through 12, 2016. Attendance is limited to delegates.

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We are delighted to announce that the 2016 National Education Conference will convene in the legendary industrial city of DETROIT, MICHIGAN! The city of Detroit is significant for all workers, with particular significance for black workers. Detroit became a global symbol of American ingenuity as it became the capital of America’s most important industry—automobile manufacturing. Most importantly, it gave power to the American Worker.

The promise of good jobs in the automobile factories, and the rising union wages in the UAW were substantive lures for many blacks migrating from the rural south to the north in search of the American Dream. The powerful connection between workers in the auto industry and the influence of the civil rights movement is one that is told in the story of A. Philip Randolph and UAW's president Walter Reuther in their stance for endorsement of the March on Washington in 1963.
 

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DETROIT – A large and diversified group of partners have come together to create an urban park in the middle of an industrial neighborhood, and they are seeking support from the community.

The Fort Rouge Gateway Project, or FRoG, is a partnership of 16 entities covering private enterprise, non-profit, local government and education. They have joined forces to create a “pocket park” and historical commemorative site in southwest Detroit in the shadow of the newly erected Fort Street Bridge.

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Washington, D.C. – Union Plus recently awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 104 students representing 32 unions, including eight winners representing the United Automobile Workers (UAW). This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college, and trade or technical school students from 32 states. The UAW winners are:

  • Alexandra Arenz of Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Arenz, whose father, Terry Arenz, is a member of UAW Local 833, has been awarded a $500 scholarship.
  • Austin Arenz of Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Arenz, whose father, Terry Arenz, is a member of UAW Local 833, has been awarded a $4,000 scholarship.
  • Margaret Buchele of Toledo, Ohio. Buchele, whose mother, Juliann Buchele, is a member of UAW Local 12, has been awarded a $500 scholarship.
  • Emma DeMaranville of Tonganoxie, Kan. DeMaranville, whose father, Scott DeMaranville, is a member of UAW Local 31, has been awarded a $4,000 scholarship...
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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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The 21st Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) National Membership Convention will be held in Orlando, Florida at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort from August 18-20, 2016. Read more >>>

VIDEO: Nissan technician Robert Hathorn speaks in Washington at DNC platform committee hearings

Thank you to Nissan technician Robert Hathorn for speaking in Washington, yesterday to the committee drawing up the platform for the Democratic Party. Hathorn discussed the temporary worker issue, the threats Nissan has made toward union supporters, and the unequal playing field.

UAW President Dennis Williams addresses UAW Members across the country on the occasion of Workers Memorial Day. Watch the full address below. Click "read more" for transcript.

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Unprecedented walkout threat by temp workers paid as little as $9.50 an hour leads to victory

Avon, OHIO– Workers who had planned to walk off their jobs Tuesday at an Ohio auto parts plant called off the strike after their employer, Detroit Chassis, agreed to their demand to join the UAW.

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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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TO: LOCAL UNION PRESIDENTS, RECORDING SECRETARIES, CAP CHAIRS, AND RETIREE CHAIRS, UAW REGION 2-B

Greetings:

For the last seventeen 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.

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Dear Local Union Presidents:

The 107th NAACP Annual Convention will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 16-20, 2016 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The Convention’s theme will be “NAACP: Our Lives Matter, Our Votes Count.”

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.naacp.org.

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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

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

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The UAW Civil & Human Rights Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, Sunday, August 28, 2016 through Friday, September 2, 2016. Registration will be held on Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the main gate.

The Conference will be limited to delegates only (NO SPOUSES OR CHILDREN).

Lost time and other expenses are the responsibility of the Local Union or Unit.

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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 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 >>>

This blog post originally appeared on Demos.org and was written by the president of Demos, Heather C. McGhee

Each year, Demos recognizes leaders who are transforming America. From #BlackLivesMatter to Amy Poehler to Rashad Robinson, we have honored the people, organizations, and movements that are challenging our country to live up to the true meaning of democracy: a place where all Americans have an equal say and an equal chance.

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Recently the Center for Disease Control began a new campaign called Screen For Life aimed at raising awareness of the risk of colorectal cancer and the need to get screened. Here are some facts about colorectal cancer. You can find more information at cdc.gov/screenforlife

What Is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.
It’s the Second Leading Cancer Killer

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The 13th annual Richard T. Gosser Invitational Golf Classic will tee off with a shotgun start this year at 9:00 am on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at beautiful Thunderbird Hills Golf Course in Huron, Ohio.

Initiated in 2003, the golf classic is the only fund raising activity that supports scholarships being awarded on a merit basis to children of our active membership.

Since the scholarship program's inception in 1962, and including the twelve (12) $10,000 scholarships awarded in May of this year, 320 Region 2-B kids have been awarded this college tuition assistance.

Always a beautiful and fun day, local unions, units and companies can field teams of four (4) for $1000 which includes recognition signage in the clubhouse, 18 holes, 2 carts, a team photograph, lunch on the course and a great steak dinner and beer at the awards banquet after the game.

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Graduate workers, who have been organizing for the past year, welcome recognition of needed changes from the Provost, Dean of Engineering

NEW YORK – In a rare email to Ph.D. candidates, Columbia University Provost John H. Coatsworth announced a number of changes to improve workplace benefits for many graduate workers. The announcement – which includes parental leave, childcare subsidies and changes in fees – comes as graduate workers have been joining together to fight for respect and their rights as Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW). The announcement answers calls for change the group has been raising and builds on previous changes that have occurred since graduate workers began organizing.

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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 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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Berkeley — Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.

As presidential candidates from both parties debate how to revive American manufacturing, and while lawmakers at the federal and state levels promote subsidies to lure manufacturing jobs, the Labor Center calculates that low wages in manufacturing cost taxpayers approximately $10.2 billion a year in public assistance.

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Following Recent OSHA Citations, Fuyao Workers Call for Full-Scale Investigation Into Fire Hazards, Electrocution Risks, Laceration Injuries that Persist at Auto Plant

Moraine, Ohio – Auto workers at Fuyao Glass filed a complaint with the federal government Monday calling for a “wall-to-wall” investigation into a wide range of dangerous conditions found throughout the plant, including fire hazards, electrocution risks, and laceration injuries, among other hazards.

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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 >>>

Deception seems to be the name of the game at Volkswagen. As if the diesel emissions scandal wasn’t enough, Volkswagen is now deceiving working people at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Workers in the skilled trades division of the plant last year voted overwhelmingly to join the UAW to create a better workplace. Volkswagen executives promised to respect the workers’ vote, but now the company is going back on its word.

Volkswagen is refusing to negotiate with workers and choosing instead to use the legal system to evade that responsibility.

Send an email to Volkswagen executives to tell them to sit down and negotiate with working people in the skilled trades division of the Chattanooga plant.

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“Once again in the wee hours of the morning Michigan’s Republican legislators attacked teachers rather than address the real issues facing our schools. We are outraged that public officials are putting our children at risk. Teachers who spend the most time developing our children should be treated with dignity and respect. 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

The UAW represents more than just autoworkers. In this ongoing web series, we look into some of the unique jobs our membership performs daily. We are the UAW.

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This article originally appeared in USA Today. To read the entire article, click here.

The nation’s growing army of contingent workers is increasingly demanding, and often winning, higher pay and benefits and union membership, pushing back against efforts by companies to deploy a less costly, more flexible workforce.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) moves forward in a highly-anticipated case that could restore graduate workers’ rights as employees, a majority of graduate workers at Harvard University have signed cards saying that they want to a form a union. In an official affirmation of this choice, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) confirmed a majority of graduate workers are supporting the formation of a union. Read more >>>

Brings total announced investments in Tennessee to $936.7 million in 2016

Bay City Powertrain operation to get $118 million to support engine project

SPRING HILL, Tenn. — General Motors will invest $788.7 million for an all-new, high-efficiency engine program, as well as projects to modernize the vehicle programs at its Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, creating 792 and retaining 16 jobs. At the same time, GM announced a $118 million investment at its Bay City Powertrain facility, creating 29 and retaining 67 jobs.

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The following article appeared as part of the Labor Voices series in the Detroit News. It was authored by UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles.

Strong communities are based upon a workforce that earns livable wages and benefits. Well-paying jobs are the basic building blocks for creating well-established homes, communities and securing our country’s economic future.

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DEARBORN, Mich.– Ford Motor Company is investing $1.6 billion to upgrade two of its manufacturing facilities in Michigan and Ohio, and creating or retaining 650 hourly jobs in the United States.

The $1.4 billion investment in Livonia Transmission Plant, represented by UAW local 182, and $200 million investment in Ohio Assembly Plant, represented by UAW local 2000, are part of the $9 billion commitment the company made in the 2015 UAW-Ford collective bargaining agreement to continue investing in its U.S. plants.

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CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and director of the international union’s Transnational Department, today released the following statement in response to Volkswagen’s decision to violate federal law and fight a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): Read more >>>

UAW Retiree Thomas Kelly wins Michigan Heritage Award

Michigan Heritage Award honors those who continue their family and community folk traditions with excellence and authenticity.

UAW retiree Thomas Kelly says he sings in an a cappella gospel quartet because The Lord calls him to do so. At 102-years old, the former maintenance worker at Chrysler’s former Eldon Axle plant remains grateful for a long life that’s had a lot of blessings: his spirituality, family, a beautiful voice, and a UAW retirement that has allowed him the financial ability to continue to sing for four decades after he retired.

Add another blessing to the list: Earlier this month, he was named one of the 2016 Michigan Heritage Award recipients, which honor individuals who continue their family and community folk traditions with excellence and authenticity. The awards program is administered by the Michigan State University Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Kelly will receive the award in a ceremony on Aug. 14 in Lansing. You can read more about Brother Kelly in the March-April issue of Solidarity magazine.

Marick F. Masters, director of Labor@Wayne at Wayne State University, is pleased to announce that Labor@Wayne will honor Dennis Williams, president of the UAW International Union, at the sixth annual Labor Leaders on Labor Forum on April 28. Williams will give a keynote speech titled “The State of Labor and the Auto Industry” from 1:15 to 2 p.m. at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Read more >>>

Photos: Fight for $15 National Day of Action

UAW members around the country join with Fight for $15. Click the photo to view the full gallery:

 

 

Days after millions of workers in California and thousands in Pennsylvania won historic pay increases to $15/hr and amidst ongoing negotiations for $15/hr for millions more in New York, the unstoppable momentum of the Fight for $15 campaign for $15 and union rights continued to build as underpaid workers across the globe said they waged one of the largest-ever day of strikes and protests on April 14.

Fast-food workers went on strike in a record 300 cities and tens of thousands of underpaid workers—including home care, child care and higher education workers—led hundreds of protests from Manchester, NH to Memphis, Tenn. to Marina Del Rey, Calif. Around the world, workers will join in, with protests expected in more than 40 countries on six continents.

American families are being forced to scrape by because big corporations are ripping off workers, ripping off taxpayers, and ripping off communities. To get richer and richer, big corporations manipulate the rules to avoid paying fair wages and their fair share of taxes, forcing working people and taxpayers to foot the bill. As a result, workers and communities are being starved of the money needed to build a bright future, and left with impossible choices over how to care for their children and elderly parents and how to meet their basic expenses.

The workers’ protests, timed to hit just before Tax Day, zero in on McDonald’s, highlighting how the world’s second-largest employer and the industry leader in the fast food and service economies is driving a race to the bottom that is undercutting wages across the economy and resulting in nearly 64 million workers being paid less than $15. The workers also highlight how McDonald’s tax avoidance around the globe hurts governments, workers, taxpayers and consumers.

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CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Working men and women at Volkswagen today won an important victory following an order by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) supporting efforts among skilled-trades employees to secure meaningful employee representation.

A three-member NLRB panel denied Volkswagen’s request for the agency to review a December 2015 election in which skilled-trades employees in Chattanooga voted overwhelmingly to designate UAW Local 42 as their representative for the purpose of collective bargaining. Today’s order, in effect, upholds the results of the election, which the NLRB supervised.

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For updates go to standuptoverizon.com

After ten months trying to reach a fair contract, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia walked off the job at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The Verizon strike is by far the largest work stoppage in the country in recent years.

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New Programs and Renovations unveiled at Chapel Vision Community Development Corporation

In honor of National Love Our Children Day, UAW-Ford unveiled its community contributions to Chapel Vision Community Development Center during an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 2.

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When Cherylene Hough, Assistant Director of UAW Chrysler Kokomo Training Center in Indiana, decided to form a team for the 2016 Walk a Mile fundraiser for the Kokomo Rescue Mission, she had no idea of the interest she would generate. Even though the news came a little after the actual walk, she was very excited to receive and share the wonderful news that the UAW International leadership would be making a sizeable contribution to the local community women’s shelter in Kokomo, Indiana. Read more >>>

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 >>>

Walter and May Reuther 2016 UAW Family Scholarship has been canceled for 2016. The UAW Family Scholarship will return in 2017 offering three weeks.

The Family Scholarship is for all active or laid off UAW members in good standing, if you have never attended the program before. You must also be willing to use your regular vacation, personal leave or union leave time (where permitted).  Click on the link below for the brochure.

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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.

 

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 >>>

 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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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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