Region 2-B


The University of Michgian-Dearborn - Center for Labor and Community Studies presents the 2017 Latina/o Workers Leadership Institute, September 22-23, 2017 in Dearborn, Michigan.   Read more >>>

TO: Local Union Presidents, Recording Secretaries and Bargaining Unit Chairpersons


I am pleased to announce the schedule for the 2017 UAW Leadership Institute which will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center (FEC), Black Lake, Michigan. The conference theme for this year is “Building Stronger Local Unions through Member Engagement”.

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Dear Local Union Presidents:

This year’s Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) National Latino Workers Conference and 45th Anniversary Event will be held in Washington, DC, September 6-7, 2017.

To register for the conference and the hotel, click on the link below.

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For the last eighteen years, The Director's Charitable Fund, Inc. (UAW Region 2-B) has hosted a golf outing that has raised several hundred thousand dollars for selected worthwhile charities. This year we are honoring Gary Sorrell, Retired Assistant Director. Gary organized the outing since its beginnings and devoted 17 years to making this an awesome event. Gary passed on to his eternal reward this year and the Fund has determined to make this a memorial outing in his memory.

The 2017 outing will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Legends of Indiana Golf Course, 2221 North Hurricane Road, Franklin, Indiana. Please include this event in your plans for 2017.


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


The UAW 2017 National Veterans Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, October 8-13, 2017.

Lost time, transportation cost, room and board, and registration fees will be the responsibility of the Local Union/Unit sending the delegate. If your worksite is more than 500 miles one way, you are eligible to fly. For more information, see the attached Travel Reimbursement information. All airline reservations are to be made through Black Lake using the following website:

Total cost of Room and Board and the Registration Fee is $600.00. Checks should be made payable to the "2017 UAW National Veteran's Conference" and must be returned, along with the enclosed Delegate Registration Form to MY OFFICE by Friday, September 15, 2017. Registrations will not be accepted without payment.

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A. Philip Randolph Institute


“Stay Woke: Get Educated, Get Organized, Take Action”

September 22- 24, 2017
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana

Under this new administration the time has come for us to gather together civil and human rights activists, strong labor leaders, to unite for labor rights, civil and human rights at our A. Philip Randolph Institute Midwest Region Education Conference.

Stay Woke: Get Educated, Get Organized, Take Action

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The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance’s (APALA) 14th Biennial Convention will convene on Wednesday, August 16 and continue through Sunday, August 20, 2017. The convention hotel is the Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim, California.

In order to take full advantage of all the activities at the convention, we recommend a Tuesday, August 15 arrival in Anaheim and a departure on Sunday, August 20. 

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The 108th NAACP Annual Convention will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, July 22-26, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Convention’s theme will be “NAACP: Steadfast and Immovable.”

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. To register for the NAACP Convention, go to

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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!


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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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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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.

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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.

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


The 2017 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, March 19 through Friday, March 24, 2017. Delegates driving to the Center should plan on arriving between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The Conference will start promptly at 5:00 p.m. Sunday in the Main Lecture Hall. All delegates are expected to attend.

This Conference will provide significant education and training needed by Health & Safety Representatives, Health & Safety Committee members and Local Union Representatives that have health and safety responsibilities. Several new sessions will be offered this year including:

• Aerial Lift Safety
• Emergency Preparedness and Incident Command with a Table Top Exercise
• “NEW” Curriculum on Rigging Safety
• 40 Hour Practical Ergonomics Trainings

All delegates completing the program will receive a UAW 2017 Health & Safety award certificate from the International UAW Health & Safety Department showing completion of the courses. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will also be available through Eastern Michigan University.

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To: All UAW Local Unions, CAP Councils, and Retired Worker Councils in Region 2B

Re: Urgent Need for Blood Nationwide


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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