Regional News

On September 22, 2020, the members of UAW Local 4199 were left without jobs due to a massive fire at American Axle & Manufacturing’s Colfor Manufacturing Plant in Malvern, Ohio.

Please see the letter from Director Blanchard, below, appealing to members and local unions to assist these displaced members of Local 4199.

As the persistent surge of Covid-19 cases increase throughout our country, hospitals near capacity and multiple state restrictions, we are requesting that all local union meetings and events continue to be suspended until April 15, 2021, due to these Coronavirus concerns. Local union meetings may be permitted virtually using on-line meeting programs such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. In either case, approved local union by-laws must be followed.

We will communicate any adjustments or modifications to this policy if encouraging changes occur with the status of this pandemic.

Please see the attached letter from Director Wayne Blanchard that outlines his recent conversation with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, members of Region 2B have risen to the challenge; from healthcare professionals to PPE manufacturers to volunteering members.  Show them some love by thanking them on social media, using the hashtag #UAWR2BHEROES

Below is a link for a .pdf file to use.

Indiana and Ohio have websites in place for workers who have been displaced by the Coronavirus.  Please see links below:

Indiana - https://www.in.gov/dwd/19.htm

Due to the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for restrictions for non-essential gatherings in relation to the COVID-19, unfortunately we have no choice but to cancel both Election Committee Trainings being held in Indiana on March 25, 2020 and Ohio on April 15, 2020.  

Brothers and Sisters, 

I’m going to get right to the point. I want you to know exactly where we are with our discussions with the Big 3 leadership and protecting our members and their facilities during this international crisis. 

I announced this past Sunday that the International UAW had formed a COVID-19/Coronavirus task force with GM, Ford and FCA to implement enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three companies.

Your Region 2B Retired Workers Board made a proactive decision to cancel the conference on April 6, 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. French Lick Springs Hotel has cancelled your room reservations, if you made any.

At this time, there are no plans to reschedule this meeting. If, later in the year, the meeting does get rescheduled, we will put out another call letter.