Tag: Region 2B

47th UAW International Women’s Conference: “You Are Powerful Beyond Measure”

The UAW held its 47th International Women’s Conference from August 6-11, 2023, at the Walter & May Reuther Family Education Center at Black Lake in Onaway, MI. Delegates spent the week participating in various workshops, listening to the experiences and knowledge of guest speakers, and discussing how to further empower women in our union and workplaces. During UAW Secretary-Treasurer Margaret Mock’s keynote Q&A session, she fielded questions from attendees and spoke about engaging her power by standing firm and doing what is right for the membership. She also recounted her personal journey during her time in the UAW and offered ... Read more

UAW Workers at Ultium in Lordstown Vote 895 to 22 to Ratify Interim Agreement that Immediately Raises Wages

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – UAW workers at Ultium Cells voted 895 to 22 over the weekend to ratify an interim agreement that immediately raises wages $3 to $4 an hour and provides thousands of dollars in back pay for hundreds of workers. The interim deal came after months of negotiations and an ongoing UAW campaign to win justice for electric vehicle workers at Ultium and across the country. Negotiations for a complete first contract will continue between the union’s elected bargaining committee and Ultium Cells, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution. “UAW members at Ultium are proving that ... Read more

UAW Battery Workers at Ultium in Lordstown Win Breakthrough Agreement on Wage Increase

LORDSTOWN, Oh. – The UAW announced today that union workers at Ultium Cells, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution, have won a breakthrough agreement to immediately raise wages by $3 to $4 an hour, as well as thousands of dollars of back pay for hundreds of workers. Ultium workers will vote on whether to ratify the interim deal in the coming days. The interim deal follows months of negotiations and a public UAW campaign to win justice for electric vehicle workers at Ultium and across the country. “After months of public pressure and worker organizing, Ultium ... Read more

New Video, “Windstorm,” Highlights UAW Fight to Keep Good Jobs in US

In a new video, UAW President Shawn Fain and UAW Vice President Mike Booth visited Local 292 members at the General Motors Component Holding Plant in Kokomo, Indiana. For fifty years, the plant produced semiconductors, until the work was outsourced overseas to devastating effect in 2017. “This place changed my family’s life,” Fain said, whose grandparents hired in at the facility in the 1940s. “It’s a shame to see where it is today. There’s over two and a half million square feet of floor space here. Over two million of that square footage is empty, and a workforce that used ... Read more

UAW Statement on Ultium Organizing Victory

Today, Ultium workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the UAW by a vote of 710 to 16 (1 void). “Our entire union welcomes our latest members from Ultium,” says UAW President Ray Curry. “As the auto industry transitions to electric vehicles, new workers entering the auto sector at plants like Ultium are thinking about their value and worth. This vote shows that they want to be a part of maintaining the high standards and wages that UAW members have built in the auto industry.” “Region 2B has stood with Ultium workers since the moment they said they wanted to ... Read more

2022 National CAP Conference: Day 3 Highlights

Region 4 members meet with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) The morning gets busy Day three of the National Cap Conference began as the delegates attended Regional breakfasts to plan their lobby day.  Among elected officials who also shared breakfast with UAW delegates were Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI 8th),  Debbie Dingell (D-MI 12th) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI 13th) among others. While CAP Conference Delegates planned their day, the National Veterans Advisory Council met to discuss issues affecting our many UAW members who have served in the military.  President Curry – himself an Army veteran – addressed them at ... Read more

2022 National CAP Conference – Day 1: Highlights

Delegates arrive From all over the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, almost 1000 UAW members converged in National Harbor, Maryland this week for the 2022 UAW National CAP Conference. Just a stone’s throw from the steps of the nation’s capital, the delegates are meeting to learn about the pressing matters of the UAW, get the latest training on lobbying and advocacy as well as the opportunity to raise our issues in front of their elected representatives. Jessie Jesson, Local 686, Region 9 For Jessie Jesson from Local 686 in Region 9, this week is about fighting for the members back ... Read more

UAW Region 2B Delegates Meet and Select Wayne Blanchard as Regional Director

TOLEDO – UAW elected delegates in Ohio and Indiana met today to fill the vacancy of the Regional Director – a position with a seat on the UAW International Executive Board and elected Wayne Blanchard to fill the remainder of the term which ends in June 2022. The UAW Constitutional procedure made accommodations for Ohio and Indiana social distancing guidelines by conducting meetings at five locations connected remotely. Region 2B has had a vacancy since the resignation of Rich Rankin earlier this summer. UAW Region 2B is home to a diverse range of industries including autoworkers at Ford, General Motors, ... Read more

Joint Statement of the UAW and Director Richard Rankin

The International Union, UAW and Region 2B Director Richard Rankin have reached a resolution that includes the UAW International Union withdrawing with prejudice the Article 30 charges and Director Rankin resigning from his position as Regional Director and as an employee of the International Union. Director Rankin’s resignation was a personal decision and does not reflect an admission of any kind. Director Rankin is proud of the work that he has performed advocating for workplace rights of men and women in Region 2B over two decades in various UAW leadership positions. No Article 30 hearing will be held.

Heroes on the Front Line: Debby Hollis

Debby Hollis doesn’t make a big fuss about things. She just acts. That is exactly what she did when she signed on to make Ventec critical care ventilators capable of supporting patients fighting COVID-19. “I don’t like to get into a panic about things. I just do what is needed,” says the Local 292 member. “There was no question that I would do this. I feel like it is my obligation as a union member and as an employee.” Hollis, who usually makes circuit boards for airbags, has worked at the GMCH Kokomo plant for nearly 21 years. Her husband, ... Read more