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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 >>>

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 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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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 will be presented Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by Ken Lortz, President of the Scholarship Awards Program at a luncheon to be 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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April 28 is Workers Memorial Day. I am asking each Local Union President and Bargaining Unit Chairperson to plan a Worker Memorial Day event in your worksite, Local Union Hall, or your Community, and to do all you can to encourage participation of our members and employers. Let’s make 2016 and beyond, free of work place fatalities! We owe that to our fellow workers, our families, and to ourselves. Read more >>>

March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman: Dottie Jones.... Read more >>>

 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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A proposed gradual increase in New York’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour would increase wages by an average of 23 percent for nearly 3.2 million workers by mid- 2021 and will not have a negative effect on overall employment, says a comprehensive new study released today by UC Berkeley... Read more >>>

On March 24, 1974, over 3,000 determined labor union women and supportive feminists from across the United States convened in Chicago to create the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). Taking planes, trains and automobiles, the women gathered to outline a plan of action that would amplify their voices in the male-dominated labor movement of the time.

The UAW is proud of its role at that founding convention, which elected then-UAW Vice President Olga Madar as its first president...

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 Greetings:

This is to inform you we have scheduled two Financial Officers Seminars. The training provided at each Seminar will be identical, so you may choose the session that is most convenient for you to attend. The first seminar will be held April 27-29, 2016 at Local 863 Hall, 10708 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241. The second Seminar will be held June 14-16, 2016 at the Local 440 Union Hall, 1411 H Street, Bedford, IN 47421.

 

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The March-April edition of Solidarity magazine is online! Check out the articles in the archive or download a PDF of the magazine. ...
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March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman...
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March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman... Read more >>>

The 45th International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) will convene on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, and will continue through Monday, May 30, 2016, in Washington, DC. The theme for this year’s CBTU Convention is “An Injury to One – An Injustice to All.” The convention headquarter hotel is the Washington Hilton.
Please check the CBTU website (www.cbtu.org) for additional information on the Convention program schedule.

In order to take full advantage of all the activities at the Convention, we recommend a Wednesday, May 25 arrival in Washington.

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UAW Endorsements are available to you via uawendorsements.org.

Are you looking for the latest political information from the UAW? Wondering who UAW members like you are endorsing for political office in federal, state and local elections? Want to get information about how to register to vote? Want to know when your primary is?

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Watch the latest in the series of UAW Region 2-B messages from Director Ken Lortz.    Read more >>>

 Greetings:

The 29th Annual International UAW Chaplaincy Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, June 5-10, 2016.

The Conference will convene on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., June 5, 2016 and conclude on Friday, June 10, 2016.

Check-in at Black Lake will begin at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, June 5, 2016.  Opening Session will begin at 5:00 p.m.

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The 2016 Region 2-B Bowling Tournament was held in January and February at Beaver-Vu Bowl in Beavercreek, Ohio. Click the link below for the tournament results.

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

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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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