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.
April 27, 2017
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.
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.Read more >>>
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.Read more >>>
To: All Local Union Presidents, Recording Secretaries, Financial Secretaries, and Unit Chairpersons in Region 2-B UAW
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.Read more >>>
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”.Read more >>>
It wasn’t easy, but more than 300 UAW Local 710 members at Challenge Manufacturing in Kansas City, Missouri, have their first contract signed and ratified – with an assist from their brothers and sisters in UAW Region 5.
It took a three-week strike to finally win the contract at Challenge, a Michigan-based company that located a stamping facility in Kansas City,Read more >>>
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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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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The United States Supreme Court: Why It Matters to UAW Members
Presidential and congressional elections rightfully dominated the national news and our attention last year. Their decisions impact nearly every facet of our lives. The wages we earn, water we drink, our ability to protect ourselves from terrorism, and the education our children receive are all directly impacted by their decisions. That said, we are a nation of laws and our Constitution establishes limits to their power....Read more >>>
Remembering Cesar Chavez and the Delano Grape Strike
Lorraine Agtang Reflects on the Delano Grape Strike, which occurred over 50 years ago.
The March-April Edition of Solidarity Magazine is now online!
March 22, 2017
To: Presidents, Recording Secretaries, Chairpersons of Local Unions, and
Region 2-B, UAW Leadership meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek, Huron, OH 44839.
I encourage all Local Union Presidents, Bargaining Unit Chairpersons, and CAP Council Chairpersons to attend this meeting. In the event those officers are unable to attend, a designee will be welcome.
The Ryan Health Care Bill puts retirement at risk by making massive cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
Speaker Ryan and House Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and replace it with a bill that gives millions in tax breaks to the rich. They want to pay for those tax breaks by taxing your benefits and stealing Medicare and Medicaid funds.Read more >>>
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 checks or money orders should be returned to the Region 2-B Office in the amount of $625, payable to the International Union, UAW.Read more >>>
Check out the 2016 V-CAP Prize Winners- over $12,000 in cash and other prizes were awarded in our prize drawing.
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.Read more >>>
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.Read more >>>
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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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.Read more >>>
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
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.Read more >>>
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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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.
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.Read more >>>
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.Read more >>>
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.
In 2003 an annual golf outing was initiated to grow the assets of the program, and in 2012 the Continuing Supporter Program was added.Read more >>>
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.)Read more >>>
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.Read more >>>
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.
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?Read more >>>
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.Read more >>>