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October 12-17, 2014 at the Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center, Black Lake, Michigan. Registrations should be postmarked by October 1, 2014.  Read more >>>

The Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from the daughters and sons of UAW Region 2B members who will graduate from high school in 2015.  These prestigious $10,000 awards are based on S.A.T. scores, class rank, extra-curricular activites, letters of recommendation, personality traits and leadership abilities.

Applications are assessed by a six member team of prominent community leaders, clergy and educators, who then select the winners.  The application must be either received by the Region 2B office or postmarked by October 15, 2014. This deadline is firm, and no exceptions will be made. Please click below to access the application form and scholarship rules. We are asking all locals who participate in the scholarship fund to post this information at our work sites. 

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DETROIT — UAW President Dennis Williams issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s executive order on fair pay and safe workplaces: 
 
“I commend President Obama for signing an executive order that will hold companies that receive significant taxpayer dollars more accountable for their actions. Thanks to President Obama’s bold move, companies that repeatedly violate worker rights and workplace safety standards will no longer... Read more >>>

DETROIT – The UAW responded today to the reaction of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) management to being found guilty of violations of U.S. federal labor law.
 
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said, “It is clear that Daimler has acted with hostility and in direct contempt of its neutrality policy in its dealing with pro-union workers at its Alabama plant in Tuscaloosa.  It’s deplorable that Mercedes was found in violation of U.S. law and then publicly claimed it as a victory and an example of its neutral pledge.”
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Video: Welcome to UAW Local 42 in Chattanooga, Tennessee!

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW today announced the formation of UAW Local 42, a new local union providing representation for employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

Organized by Volkswagen employees, Local 42 offers workers the opportunity for a voice in the workplace through the German automaker’s “works council” approach to employee engagement. Volkswagen’s business model is premised on employee representation, and Local 42 will represent any interested employees who join the local as members. No employees will be required to join.

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“Earlier this year, the UAW was gratified to earn the confidence and support of many Volkswagen team members,” said Dennis Williams, president of the UAW. “At that time, we said we would not give up on these committed and hard-working employees. We’re keeping our promise.”

Regaining our Force, Securing our Future- Stop RTW is the theme of the Region 2-B Women's Conference to be held this September 20th and 21st.  The conference will be hosted by UAW Local 12 in Toledo, Ohio.  Registrations should be returned to the Region 2-B office no later than Friday, August 15, 2014.  Read more >>>

 Ohio has reduced income tax withholding rates by 1% effective with payroll periods ending on or after July 1, 2014.  See inside for links to more information, including tax tables. Read more >>>

Join us Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Sylvania Sports & Exhibition Center at Tam-O-Shanter!  Enjoy live entertainment, good food, raffles and plenty of fun activities for the kids, with fellow UAW members from across Region 2-B. 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 >>>

The National UAW Veterans Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center at Black Lake, Michigan August 24-29, 2014.  Registrations are due in the Region 2-B Office by Friday, August 8, 2014.  Read more >>>

The Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin, Indiana will host the Fifteenth Annual Director's Golf Outing on September 6, 2014.  The outing raises funds for worthwhile charities and attracts support from many companies, unions and organizations.  Look inside for more details and registration information.   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 OhioansUnited.org 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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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 >>>


 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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