Region 2-B


Growing Graduate Employee Movement Pursues Collective Bargaining Rights at Private Universities

NEW YORK, NY — Unions seeking representation for more than 3,000 research and teaching assistants (RAs and TAs) filed certification petitions with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today. Graduate Workers of Columbia (GWC-UAW), the union for 2,800 Columbia University RAs and TAs, and Student Employees of New School (SENS-UAW), the union for over 350 RAs and TAs at the New School, filed petitions at the Manhattan NLRB office to become part of the UAW.

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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 >>>

See inside for information regarding the one and a half cent increase in the standard mileage rates (from 56 cents to 57 1/2 cents per mile) beginning January 1, 2015. Read more >>>

Both Indiana and Ohio are “Credit Reduction States” for the purpose of filing IRS Form 940 for 2014.  Please see inside for more information and the form.  Read more >>>

Effective January 1, 2015, all Ohio Local Unions and CAP Councils are required to file and remit payment for state and school district income tax withholding returns electronically via the Ohio Business Gateway. Please see inside for more information.  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 Conference is for local union presidents, financial secretaries/treasurers, trustees and recording secretaries. Local union bookkeepers may also attend. There will be two conference sessions and local unions should plan on atteding one of the two sessions.

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Members of Local 1435 along with Rossford High School students wrote 1,000 personalized Christmas cards that will be hand delivered to the Veterans Hospital by the Local's Veterans Committee. The Veterans look forward to these cards every year. It is just a small gesture that means the world to the Veterans and to the people that signed them. Thank you to each and every Veteran who served our great country!


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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 >>>

Congratulations Region 2-B!!! Your October 28, 2014 Phone bank effort was nothing short of amazing. I am proud to report that, despite some technical difficulties in each state, collectively, 19,868 predictive dialer calls were made on our 38 designated dialers. (This does not include calls made on the remaining dialers and traditional phone banks). Reports indicate that on October 28, 2014 the "UAW far outperformed all other Unions". Making nearly 20,000 GOTV phone calls in 8 hours is unprecedented. I congratulate everyone who contributed to this amazing effort. 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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The 56th Annual Region 2-B UAW Bowling Tournament will be held at Jug's Bowling Center, Toledo, OH  43613.  The selected weekends are January 31 & February 1, February 7 & 8 and February 14 & 15, 2015.  For the Official Call Letter and registration, please click on the links below.  For more information, contact the Region 2-B Office at 419-893-4677.  Read more >>>

Ohio's Republican Treasuerer Josh Mandel says he supports the so-called "right to work" legislation because it's "important for workers to have rights."  Josh Mandel doesn't really care about workers' rights: "right to work" laws make Unions weaker- result in less money in workers' pockets, and their jobs less safe.  Read more >>>

Suarez Industries, an Ohio corporation, and its millionaire owner are on trial for making $205,000 in illegal campaign contributions to republicans Josh Mandel and Jim Renacci. How ironic that Governor Kasich inks a branding deal for ODOT trucks at the same time. 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 >>>

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 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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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 >>>

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 US Supreme Court by a 5-4 majority, voted to stop early voting in Ohio which was to begin on September 30, 2014. Early voting will now begin on October 7, 2014. 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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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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