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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 17, 2017 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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Ford Invests $350 Million, Creates or Protects 800 Jobs, Adding New Fuel-Efficient Transmission to Michigan Plant

DEARBORN, Mich., May 19, 2017 – Ford is investing $350 million in its Livonia Transmission Plant, adding a new transmission to expand its lineup of fuel-efficient powertrains as part of the company’s plan to fortify its core automotive business.

The company will create or retain 800 hourly jobs to support production of the new transmission. Ford expects to begin adding jobs late this year, with the majority coming next year and in 2019.

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Guardian: Tesla factory workers reveal pain, injury and stress: 'Everything feels like the future but us'

“You can make it through Monday,” Michael Sanchez a Tesla worker told the Guardian. “You can make it through Tuesday. Come Wednesday, you start to feel something. Thursday is pain. Friday is agonizing. Saturday you’re just making it through the day.”

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We stand with BCTGM Nabisco/Mondelez workers rallying outside the company’s shareholders meeting today. Support union workers, fight for family-sustaining jobs, only buy AMERICAN-made Nabisco snacks!

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.

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Bobbie Billingsley Worked to Help Others

Renee Seals bought a small metal cross to put on the door at UAW Local 112 when her friend Bobbie Billingsley suddenly died in a car accident. The 18-inch cross helped let members know that there wouldn’t be a union meeting that night.

Seals, a quality team member at the Vance, Alabama, Mercedes-Benz plant and a trustee of the local, brought the cross home with her to honor her friend who worked hard in the ongoing drive to bring UAW representation to the facility.

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Town Hall Shows Unity, Community Support

James Martin is on temporary total disability because of the time he spent working at the Fuyao Glass plant in Moraine, Ohio. He suffers from diminished lung capacity that, according to his doctor, was caused by working with isocyanate glues and primers, powerful chemicals which are known to cause asthma and other breathing problems.

Martin’s life has been drastically changed by the fast-growing Chinese company’s inattention to worker health and safety. He knows he would likely still be working if he was represented by the UAW.

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Unfair labor practices charged at Volkswagen's US plant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has filed another unfair labor practices complaint against Volkswagen for hiking health insurance premiums and changing working hours of employees who voted for union representation at the German automaker's only U.S. plant.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters:

As you know, our Region’s top organizing priority is the Fuyao Glass plant in Moraine, OH, just outside of Dayton. The plant—which now employs over 1,500 production workers—has become the world’s largest automotive glass plant. Fuyao’s low wages, dangerous working conditions, and unfair policies pose a direct threat to two UAW-represented glass plants in the Region—in Crestline, OH and Evansville, IN. On April 30, Fuyao workers held a Town Hall meeting at which they, along with local elected officials and community leaders, challenged the company to respect their right to organize with the UAW. (You can watch the video from the meeting here: http://fuyaoforward.org/town-hall/).

Click on the links below for the official call letter and online petition.

 

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May 17 is the Mondelez Shareholders Meeting in Lincolnshire, Ill. (25 miles north of Chicago). BCTGM Nabisco/Mondelez workers, BCTGM local unions, supporters and activists from other AFL-CIO affiliates will be gathering outside of the meeting for a large protest rally. Read more >>>

We are rerunning this story from last year's May-June Solidarity magazine for Mother's Day this year. Mothers are an important part of everyone's life and knowing the power of a union helps them is a solid reminder that the only place women will get equal pay and benefits is when they are in a union.

 

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On May 10 workers at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, confronted VW leadership at their annual general meeting in Hanover, Germany, to tell VW to stop union busting. You can help support Chattanooga VW workers like UAW Local 42 President Steve Cochran who spoke up at that meeting.

The plant is VW’s only plant without a company-recognized employee union even though more than 70 percent of the skilled-trades workers voted to join the UAW...

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Divots, ball marks, soft fairways, disease, pests, dollar spots, top dressing, aerifcation, irrigation, frost, gophers … and golfers!

While many courses have two or three so-called signature holes that are worthy of brochure status, every hole at Black Lake Golf Club could easily be on the front cover of a magazine promoting the course. That’s one reason it was named Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses in America.”

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 2017 CONFERENCE CALL

THEME: “STAY WOKE!”

The 48h National Educational Conference of the A. Philip Randolph Institute convenes during a most challenging time, but it is also a time full of opportunities to advance the cause of social and economic justice for working families across this nation. Our Labor Movement is being plagued with growth and program challenges at both the local, state and national levels. Standing still and doing nothing, maintaining the status quo, or going backwards are not viable options!


WE MUST “STAY WOKE!”

As we know from the 2016 elections, APRI activists and our allies have been fundamental and essential to: educating, organizing and moving political and legislative victories. More importantly, we are stronger in our relationships with each other as we overcome barriers to worker unity.
 

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

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The 33rd Annual UAW Civil and Human Rights Conference will be held Sunday, August 27 through Friday, September 1, 2017, at the Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center.

Registration of delegates will be held on Sunday, August 27, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Main Gate. Attendance is limited to delegates only.

 

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On a spring Saturday on May 1, 1886, workers at 13,000 businesses across America took a stand against dangerous work and low wages, and for an eight-hour workday. Read more >>>

Virtually everything working people have gained to improve health and retirement security since the 1940s is now at risk, including Medicare, Medicaid, workplace health plans, the Affordable Care Act and Social Security.

Republicans in Congress are rushing to approve legislation that effectively would end these programs without providing a replacement for the 30 million Americans who will become uninsured.

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April 27, 2017


TO: Local Union Presidents, Recording Secretaries, Chairpersons of Bargaining Committees, CAP Council Chairpersons and Recording Secretaries, Region 2-B, UAW

The 2017 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 16 – Friday, July 21
Sunday, September 17 – Friday, September 22

Delegates should plan to arrive at the Center between 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, and depart after breakfast on Friday.

Your timely response is important as last year we had a waiting list.

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The 14th annual Richard T. Gosser Invitational Golf Classic will tee off with a shotgun start this year at 9:00 am on Sunday, July 30, 2017 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 being awarded in May of this year, 332 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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To: All Local Union Presidents, Recording Secretaries, Financial Secretaries, and Unit Chairpersons in Region 2-B UAW

Greetings:

I am pleased to announce the UAW Region 2-B Women’s Conference has been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8, 2017. The conference will be hosted by UAW Local 685, 929 East Hoffer, Kokomo, Indiana 46902. The theme of the Conference is “This Is Who We Are”. There will be early registration on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration and continental breakfast will be 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at UAW Local 685. The conference will run Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with dinner at 6 pm. Continental breakfast will also be served at the local on Sunday from 7:30 to 8:30 am., then the conference will start at 9 a.m. and conclude by noon.

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The UAW Community Services Department will hold its annual Community Services Conference June 26-30, 2017 (note the Monday start date).  This year's conference will be held at the UAW Walter and May Reuther Family Educatoin Cetner, Onaway, Michigan.

 

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Greetings:

The 2017 International UAW Women’s Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, August 6 through 11, 2017. Attendance is limited to delegates.

Registration of delegates will be held on Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lecture Hall.

The Conference will convene on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the Lecture Hall and conclude on Friday morning, August 11, 2017.

The Local Unions are responsible for lost time and registration fees.

Registration

Registration checks or money orders should be returned to the Region 2-B Office in the amount of $625, payable to the International Union, UAW.

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Check out the 2016 V-CAP Prize Winners- over $12,000 in cash and other prizes were awarded in our prize drawing.

 Greetings:

The 30th Annual International UAW Chaplaincy Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, June 4-9, 2017.

The 30th UAW Chaplaincy Conference is a major milestone!!! We are asking all locals to support this Conference by sending an additional number of delegates than previously sent to Chaplaincy Conferences. Those that attend will experience great workshops, fellowship and networking. They will return back to thier locals with additional resources that will allow them to better serve the people and leadership at their locals, work locations and communities.

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The 2017 Region 2-B Bowling Tournament was held in January and February at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, IN.  Click on the links below to see the tournament results.

The top 16 men’s teams and the top 2 women’s teams are invited to bowl in the International’s tournament.

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

Enclosed is the 2017 Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Scholarship Application. You may make additional copies as needed. This year only one (1) week session of July 23 - 28, 2017 is being offered, as indicated on the application, beginning on Sunday evening and ending on Friday morning.

All active or laid off UAW members in good standing are eligible 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 by contract) to attend. Past participants of Family Scholarship are not eligible to attend.

Your spouse and children/grandchildren 4-18 years old may attend with you. You may be required to provide a birth certificate or proof of legal guardianship for each attending child. Children under 4 years old cannot be accommodated and other relatives, non-relatives and retirees are not eligible to participate – no exceptions!

Please be aware that only cars built by union members in North America may park on Education Center property. Vehicles with VIN numbers starting with #1, #2, #4 or #5 are permitted to park in the lot. All others must park outside the main gate and a bus will transport you to the Center registration desk.

Your Local may submit as many applications as you like, allocation of space will be on a first come, first serve basis - one application per Local initially. Once our Regional allocation is filled, remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list. If additional space becomes available for our Region, applicants on the waiting list will be contacted and offered the opportunity to attend the program.

 

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Dear Local Union Presidents:

The 46th International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) will convene on Thursday, May 25, 2017, and will continue through Monday, May 29, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme for this year’s CBTU Convention is “Organizing for Change – Building Our Future.” The convention headquarter hotel is the New Orleans Hilton Riverside.

Please check the CBTU website (www.cbtu.org) for additional information on the Convention program schedule and to download registration material.

In order to take full advantage of all the activities at the Convention, we recommend a Wednesday, May 24 arrival in New Orleans.

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Region 2-B Calendar of Events for 2017 is available. Click on the link for a printable copy.

 

To: Region 2-B, UAW Local Union Presidents, Chairpersons, CAP Chairs and Retired Workers Chairs

Greetings:

It is my pleasure to share the outstanding achievement Region 2-B has reached with the March of Dimes. In the 2016 March for Babies season, Region 2-B membership raised nearly $234,000! Nationally, the UAW raised nearly $800,000 and our Region raised 29% of that total! Thankfully, considerable progress has been made in improving the care of premature infants after birth, but premature birth is still the #1 killer of babies.

Your continued support and commitment will allow the March of Dimes to continue to fight the causes of premature birth by funding lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at preventing premature births, birth defects and infant mortality. I thank you all for the funds you have raised to fight premature birth that have helped to ensure every baby is born healthy.

 

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Dear fellow Brothers and Sisters:

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 2B is a proud partner and supporter of United Way.

Even in times of economic distress, our members have joined forces with others to advance the common good. As a result, we are making great strides in strengthening our communities. 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.

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If Portman and Trump had it their way, 30,000 auto-industry jobs might have never returned.

Innovation Ohio has just released a new report on the success of the auto rescue.  Its findings demonstrate that while it was characterized as a “lousy deal for Ohio” by Rob Portman at the time of its implementation, the auto bailout has in fact been a resounding success. Indeed, the auto industry is now thriving and is as integral to Ohio’s economic success as ever. 

 

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We called, and you answered.

Our locked out Sisters and Brothers at Local 9 in South Bend, Indiana remain solid in their resolve to achieve a fair Collective Bargaining Agreement.

 

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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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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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Region 2-B Calendar of Events for 2016 is available. 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 2017. 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 >>>

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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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 >>>

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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 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 >>>

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 >>>

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 >>>

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 2015-2016 winners, 320 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 $2.2 million in scholarships awarded over the last 54 years.

 

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Check out the latest message from Director Ken Lortz: make worker safety a priority in all our workplaces.  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.

 

 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 >>>

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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 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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