Tag: Region 2B

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

Heroes on the Front Lines: Penni Cox

Making life-savings ventilators On March 13, Penni Cox was laid off from her job at the General Motors plant in Kokomo, Indiana. “Business wasn’t good, and the company was downsizing. We prayed for more work. We were willing to build anything. We just wanted to work,” says Cox. “And now, here we are building ventilators.” Cox, a mother and grandmother, is a third-generation autoworker and member of UAW Local 292, and is proud and excited to contribute to the COVID-19 fight. Her husband John, and son Kevin, are members of UAW Local 685. Kevin is laid off from FCA and ... Read more

Senator Brown Stands With Oberlin Workers

On Thursday, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown released a letter calling on Oberlin College to do the right thing and maintain 108 UAW member jobs. The college has announced plans to outsource the dining and custodial jobs in a cost-saving measure. In February, over 800 members of the Oberlin community protested the plan and called on college administrators to make quality, good-paying jobs a priority. Read Senator Brown’s letter below:    

UAW Aramark Workers Strike

At midnight over 850 Aramark workers in Michigan and Ohio walked off the job over better wages, health care and retirement. “We have UAW members who work long, hard hours and are still on public assistance,” said Gerald Kariem, Director of UAW Region 1D. “It’s shameful.” Aramark maintenance workers in Hamtramck, Warren, Flint, Grand Blanc and Parma, Ohio have been working on an extended contract since March of 2018. Key issues involve wages, caps on health insurance, vacation time and 401k retirement. “Every day, UAW members go to work and keep these plants profitable,” said UAW Region 1 Director Frank ... Read more

Local 1588 and area community business join together to help a union brother

When a fellow union brother at Local 1588 at PPG Industries in Delaware, Ohio, became ill and doctors said he couldn’t leave the hospital until his house had an entrance wheelchair ramp, Local 1588 members stepped up and made it happen as a team and included the generosity of the local community.   Local 1588 President Jeff Gase tapped the local’s Veterans Committee chair, Sean Jones, to put the plan in motion. He contacted Home Depot which donated gift cards for ramp landscaping while the committee put a 50/50 raffle together that collected needed funds from Local 1588 sisters and ... Read more

Auto Show Charity Preview Candlelight Vigil

Last week, UAW members, leadership, elected officials and supporters gathered outside the black tie Auto Show Charity Preview in solidarity with the thousands of workers set to be affected by GM’s decision to close plants later this year. Learn more here >>>

MLIVE: GM workers protest plant closures outside Detroit auto show charity gala

DETROIT — While auto industry insiders hobnobbed at the Cobo Center during an exclusive, black tie preview of the North American International Auto Show on Friday, GM workers and activists with little to celebrate protested outside. UAW members, environmental activists and some elected officials rallied in multiple demonstrations against the planned closure of GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and other U.S. factories. Read more at www.mlive.com >>>

DETROIT NEWS: UAW workers rally downtown to urge auto execs to ‘invest in us’

Detroit — Hundreds of United Auto Workers members impacted by impending idling of General Motors plants gathered outside a black tie event at Cobo Center Friday to demand automotive executives “invest in us.” Chanting and carrying signs as they led a candlelight procession from Hart Plaza to the site of the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview, demonstrators aimed to highlight the automaker’s decision to idle several Michigan, Maryland and Ohio plants. Read more at www.detroitnews.com >>>

Kokomo Union Members Support Students

The UAW isn’t only about collective bargaining and giving a voice to workers. It’s also about supporting local communities like UAW locals in Kokomo did when they donated supplies to kids throughout Howard County: On Feb. 2, UAW 1302 members made their rounds at the area schools, dropping off supplies. The union, headed up by Weed Widup, started at Taylor Elementary School. Ten classrooms were adopted by this union alone. “I’m pretty passionate about the 75 in 5 incentive,” said Scott Flatford, president of UAW 1166. “I keep talking about it every time we get around somebody.” The 75 in ... Read more