Local Union History

Region 2B’s local unions have a rich and varied history.  Members of these locals are proud of the roads that they have traveled and of those that paved those paths for them - and rightfully so!  Because of this, we have decided to use this website as a platform to share the histories of these local unions.

If your local union's history is not shown here, we would love for you to share it with us!  All histories must be approved and submitted by the local union President in order to be accepted.  Entries and/or questions can be sent to [email protected].

UAW Local 2382 was chartered on April 10, 1997, by workers of Lear Corporation in Greencastle, IN. Lear Greencastle primarily molded and assembled door panels for Chrysler Minivans and the Ford Ranger. At its peak, Local 2382 had nearly 1,000 members.
UAW Local 5 started representing Studebaker workers in 1933 as AFL Local Union 18310. In 1935, after many long debates, several AFL locals finally convinced the AFL Executive Board to allow the formation of the International Union of Auto Workers. AFL Local Union 18310 was renumbered as UAW Local 5 and in 1936, the first UAW Constitutional Convention was held in South Bend, Indiana. UAW Local 5 continued to grow and became well known as a pioneer in gaining economic increases and benefits such as a group insurance plan for its members. In 1940, UAW local 5 became the first UAW Local to hold title to its own home.

A Brief History of UAW Local 2209 - Roanoke, IN

A group of 15 members from St. Louis, Missouri and Janesville, Wisconsin chartered UAW Local 2209 on September 16, 1985, and helped launch the GM Fort Wayne Assembly (FWA) Plant. As production for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra picked up, members transferred in from all over the nation, from as far west as California and as far east as Maryland.