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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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Sierra Club accounces #Readyfor100

Ready for 100 is aimed at accelerating a just and equitable transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by advocating for ambitious leadership at the local level and amplifying progress to make 100% clean energy “the new normal”.

Sierra Club is launching the campaign today with a challenge 100 U.S. cities: commit to 100% renewable energy! Check out the surprise message they delivered last night at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, happening this week in Washington, D.C.

 

Worker wins rule since first ever Raising Wages Summit, but challenges remain

(Washington, DC, January 19, 2016) – Marking nearly one year since the first ever Raising Wages Summit, the AFL-CIO today released a new report detailing the successes, struggles and path ahead to raise wages for working people.

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UAW International Executive Board Statement Regarding the Flint Water Crisis

“We are proud of the hundreds of UAW members throughout the country who have come forward in recent days to volunteer to distribute water and filters to the families of Flint many of whom are UAW members and retirees. Our members and communities have come together to act in the best interest of the Flint community and Flint’s children.

“It is also morally imperative that the public have faith in their government at this time and that starts with full and total transparency on an issue that was brought on by poor decisions by government officials who put cost savings ahead of the health of Flint residents which could plague the children of Flint for a generation. On behalf of our Flint members, retirees and their families the UAW demands that Governor Snyder release all documents related to the Flint water contamination issue to the public regardless of any public records exemptions. No law that deprives the public clarity on this issue is moral or just for the citizens of Flint who are in peril and whose children are now at risk.”

DETROIT – Retired UAW Vice President Gerald Bantom is one of six Martin Luther King Jr. honorees to be recognized at the 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy March on Jan. 18 at Detroit’s Martin Luther King High School.

The event, which begins with a tour of the school at 9 a.m., a program at 10 a.m. and the march following, “honors individuals who have selflessly showcased their skills and generously contributed to making our community greater,” said Karinda Washington, MLK Legacy March co-chair and 1996 King alumna.

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Detroit – As a day of service on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, UAW Region 1A Director Gamble and members from the region will take it to the streets and to the area’s homeless population. Many homeless Detroiters won’t go to shelters so deliveries will be made directly to the people where they live. The sleeping bags are designed to handle temperatures as low as 17 degrees below zero. Read more >>>

Hartford, Con. — UAW Local 376 members at Colt are resting a little easier today, having learned that the company emerged from Chapter 11 Restructuring on January 13.

UAW leadership has worked closely with management over many months, and anticipated this positive outcome. Nonetheless, there is a collective sigh of relief permeating the plant floor.

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Labor Board Demands Company Make Shop Floor Announcement that Workers Have Right to Organize

Workers Vow to Continue Speaking Out for Safe, Good Jobs

Selma, Ala. – The federal government has charged Lear Corp., a major supplier to Hyundai, with illegally threatening on multiple occasions to close its Selma factory in an effort to intimidate workers who are organizing for higher pay and basic health and safety protections....

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UAW Members Send Clean Drinking Water to Flint Residents In Need

Do you or your local want to help Flint residents? Contact the UAW’s Labor Liaison with the United Way, Teresa McGinnis, at

uawlaborliaison@unitedwaygenesee.org

FLINT, MI — Members of the UAW from around the state will be donating truckloads of water to Flint residents affected by the city’s water emergency.

UAW locals from around the state have contacted the Flint Assembly UAW Local 598 to ask how they could help residents. On Sunday, Jan 10 UAW locals south of Flint will bring a caravan of trucks to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, according to a news release.

Read more at MLive.com…

 The public news reports speak for themselves.  See inside for links to the full news reports.  Read more >>>

DETROIT – General Motors is adding a third shift and more than 500 hourly and salaried jobs at Lansing Grand River Assembly to meet forecasted market demand for the award-winning 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. Read more >>>

Union OKs Kohler contract, ending strike

More than 2,000 Kohler Co. union employees are heading back to work after voting Wednesday night to accept a new four-year labor contract, bringing an end to a 4 ½-week-old strike at Sheboygan County’s largest employer.

The labor deal includes compromises by both sides on health care costs and a two-tier wage system that the union had hoped to eliminate.

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Kohler, union reach tentative deal on new contract

Negotiators for Kohler Co. and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract, the local union president said Tuesday night.

If approved by the membership of UAW Local 833, the deal would end a strike by some 2,000 workers that began four and a half weeks ago.

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UAW vote certified at Volkswagen Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The National Labor Relations Board has certified the United Auto Workers win in a union vote among skilled workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.

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Detroit casino workers ratify new contract

Workers at Detroit’s three casinos ratified a new 5-year contract Sunday — ending months of contentious and complicated negotiations and providing relief to thousands of workers.

Joe Daugherty, president of Unite Here Local 24 and head of the bargaining committee for a group of unions, said in an email that a majority of workers at all three casinos approved the contract….

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All state worker unions ratify contracts

LANSING – With Friday’s ratification by the nearly 17,000-member United Auto Workers Local 6000, members of all state government employee unions have OK’d contracts for 2016 and beyond.

With the UAW’s sign-off, collective bargaining agreements for five of Michigan’s six state worker unions, representing about two-thirds of the state government workforce, will now go before the state Civil Service Commission Wednesday morning for final approval.

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“International trade plays a vital role in our economy, accounting for roughly thirty percent of the GDP and directly impacting millions of jobs. Unfortunately, many of our trading partners routinely cut corners and break rules to get an unfair advantage both stateside and abroad... Read more >>>

 To All Region 2-B Local Union and CAP Council Financial Secretaries: 

Please read more about new IRS filing information regarding Form 940 Schedule A.

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The following can be attributed to UAW Vice President and Director of the General Motors Department, Cindy Estrada:

“Today’s announcement by General Motors that they are importing the Envision from China is a slap in the face to U.S. Taxpayers and the men and women who worked so hard to save GM during its darkest time.

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Today the International Executive Board of the UAW unanimously voted to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Over the past several years we met with the Administration, trade negotiators, members of Congress, and an array of stakeholders on the TPP. From the outset we constructively worked in pursuit of an ambitious agreement that creates prosperity both here and abroad for working families.

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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 >>>


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


Check out this message from Senator Donnelly.   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 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 >>>

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 >>>

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 >>>

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 >>>

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

 Lower Tax Withholding Rates Take Effect September 1, 2013

Effective with the first pay period ending on or after September 1, 2013, state income tax withholdings should be deducted at the new rates.
See inside for a link to the new tax tables. 

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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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