Region 2-B


 Check out this 2 minute 30 second clip from Robert Reich about why labor unions must be strengthened in America.   Read more >>>

The 57th Annual Region 2-B UAW Bowling Tournament will be held at Beaver-Vu  Bowl, Beavercreek, OH  45432.  The selected weekends are January 30 & 31 and February 6 & 7, 2016.  For the Official Call Letter and entry form, please click on the links below.  For more information, contact the Region 2-B Office at 419-893-4677.  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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The UAW National CAP Conference will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Registration is Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 24, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The conference will convene on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. (tentative) and will adjourn after the noon adjournment on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. This call contains related information concerning participation of delegates and spouses/ companions. Read more >>>

UAW President Dennis Williams Explains Next Steps for Ratification of Tentative Agreement with FCA US LLC

See the full press conference announcing a Tentative Agreement with FCA US LLC from Tuesday 9/15

Watch the Q&A with officials from the UAW and FCA US LLC including UAW President Dennis Williams and UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell

In a message to UAW members at Ford earlier today, UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles released the following statement:
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UAW and FCA US LLC extend contract on hour-by-hour basis

From a statement posted to the UAW’s Facebook page:

****Negotiations Update****

The UAW and FCA US LLC announced this evening that they have extended the existing collective bargaining agreement on an hour by hour basis as 2015 bargaining continues.

In a message from UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada and the 2015 UAW-GM National Negotiating Team, the UAW confirmed that they had extended this year’s contract deadline with General Motors. The full statement as it appeared on the UAW’s Facebook page:

Detroit – The UAW this afternoon announced that FCA US LLC will be the lead target in Big Three auto talks. Read more >>>

Teamsters President Hoffa Pledges Solidarity with UAW Members

In remarks at the Detroit Labor Day Parade today, International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa pledged solidarity with the United Auto Workers (UAW) in their contract negotiations with the Big Three: Ford, Chrysler and GM.

“I know you haven’t picked a target yet, but it’s one of those three,” Hoffa said. “If the UAW goes on strike, I make a pledge on behalf of the 1.4 million Teamster members – we will honor your picket lines. We will walk with you every day. The Teamsters and the UAW are together. They aren’t going to haul those cars if we’re there.”

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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 >>>


The annual UAW EAP Conference will be held Sunday, October 4 through Friday, October 9, 2015, at the Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center.

Registration of delegates will be held on Sunday, October 4th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the lobby of the center. Attendance is limited to delegates only.

Housing/Registration: THERE WILL BE NO ONSITE REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED. The registration fee is $651.05 per delegate, based on double occupancy, and includes all meals during the conference (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner). There are a limited number of single occupancy rooms available at a cost of $932.10 per delegate. In order to accommodate housing preferences (single or double), all payments must be received in the Retired Workers Department no later than September 18, 2015. Housing requests received after September 18th will be based on availability.

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Region 2-B, UAW Advisory Councils Meeting (Chaplaincy, Civil Rights, Technical Office & Professional /TOP, Competitive Shops/IPS, Skilled Trades, Union Label, Veterans, and Women's) and Leadership Meeting will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 20 & 21, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport, 2501 South High School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46241. 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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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 2016.  These prestigious $10,000 awards are based on ACT scores, class rank, extra-curricular activites, 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 >>>

The UAW 2015 National Veterans Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, October 11-16, 2015.

Lost time, transportation cost, room and board, and registration fees will be the responsibility of the Local Union/Unit sending the delegate

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Region 2-B recognizes the continuing supporters of the Richard T. Gosser Scholarship: Thank you all so much for your generous support of this very worthwhile program that rewards the hard-working children of our members as they start their college lives. Please see inside for a listing of these generous supporters, and to find out more about this valuable program. Read more >>>

The A. Philip Randolph Institute’s (APRI) 45th National Education Conference will be August 12-16, 2015. The convention headquarter hotel is the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel, Savannah, Georgia. Read more >>>

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 >>>

The 2015 Region 2-B Golf Tournament has been canceled due to low registrations last year.

The 106th NAACP Annual Convention will convene on Saturday, July11, 2015 and will continue through Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Phiadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

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.

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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 >>>

Region 2-B Director Ken Lortz announces a series of leadership training sessions scheduled around our Region in the coming weeks. 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 >>>

The 2015 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 26 – Friday, July 31
Sunday, September 20 – Friday, September 25

The 28th Annual International UAW Chaplaincy Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, May 31-June 5, 2015.

The Conference will convene on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., May 31, 2015, and conclude on Friday, June 5, 2015.

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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 UAW Health and Safety Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center at Black Lake in Onaway, Michigan from Sunday, May 17 through Friday, May 22, 2015. Delegates should plan to arrive at the Center between 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.; the conference will promptly start at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2015. Read more >>>

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 >>>

The 2015 Region 2-B Retiree Council Meeting will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron, Ohio Read more >>>

Region 2-B Calendar of Events for 2015 is available. Read more >>>

The UAW Community Services Department will hold its annual Community Services Conference May 10-15, 2015 at the UAW Family Education Center, Black Lake. Registration deadline is May 1, 2015. Read more >>>

We have scheduled two Financial Officers Seminars. The training provided at each Seminar will be identical, so you may chose the session that is most convenient for you to attend. The first seminar will be held April 14 and 15, 2015 at the Region 2-B Headquarters, 1691 Woodlands Drive, Maumee, Ohio 43537. The second Seminar will be held April 28 and 29, 2015 at the Region 2-B Indianapolis Sub-Regional Office, 5850 Fortune Circle West, Indianapolis, IN 46241.

 In 2015, let's recommit to Dr. King's mission to secure the right to vote. Read more >>>

The 2015 UAW Leadership Institute will be held at the Walter & May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, Black Lake, Michigan.  Because the Leadership Institute is one week only this year, April 12-17, 2015, seating is limited.   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 >>>

 It is my pleasure to share the outstanding achievement that Region 2-B has reached with the March of Dimes.  In the 2014 March for Babies season, Region 2-B membership raised over $250,000!   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 official call letter and the registration link is available below. 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 >>>

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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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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