2019 UAW Community Services Conference

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The UAW Community Services Department will hold its annual Community Services Conference  on May 19 – 24, 2019.  This year’s conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, Onaway, Michigan.

Please note:  The conference will be limited to 300 delegates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Community Services Committee is a vital interface between our union and others.  The committee also plays a pivotal role when facing natural disasters, or when involved in strikes, layoffs or plant closings.  In this conference, participants will learn about how their committee can be proactive when it comes to possible adversities the members might face such as a natural disaster, strike or layoff.  Participants will also learn the best practices on how to use strategic planning to grow their committees and achieve success for their members.

 Eligibility to Attend

 This conference is open to UAW members in good standing who are interested in learning more about community services, supporting members during natural disasters, assisting with strikes, layoffs and plant closings.  This conference is ideal for members serving on their local union Community Services Committee. It is also recommended for local union presidents, vice presidents, financial and recording secretaries, chairpersons, committeepersons, chaplains and CAP committee members.  Members in good standing include members who are on layoff or on strike.  Members on sick leave, retired members, and spouses who are not members of your local union are not eligible to attend.

 Registration Fee and Cutoff Date

 Delegates  must  complete  the conference registration  form and  return it to  the Region 1 office, along with a check or money order in the amount of $650 made payable to “International Union, UAW” no later than Monday, April 15, 2019.  This registration fee covers the cost of lodging, meals and materials and is nonrefundable.  All housing is based on double-occupancy.  Conference registration forms received without the fee cannot be processed.


Local unions are responsible for delegate transportation costs.  All delegates are expected to arrive at the center by noon on Sunday, May 19th and remain until the conference concludes at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 24th.  Arrivals and departures should be arranged accordingly. 

Delegates who drive to the Family Education Center should be informed of the “Multiples of Three” rule.  When a local sends more than one delegate to the session, delegates should travel in multiples of up to three per vehicle.  Only one driver per local, per multiples of three is reimbursed for mileage by the International Union.

Cancellation and Refunds

Registration fees are nonrefundable.  Local unions should select alternates to replace delegates who must cancel.   This conference is an investment in the future of your local union.

Miscellaneous Information for Delegates

  • We are planning an exciting, interactive conference.  Delegates should plan on being outside of their comfort zone.
  • Delegates should bring a complete, detailed report on all local community services projects implemented in the last year.
  • Please bring a red shirt to participate in “red shirt” Wednesday.
  • The first meal of the conference will be dinner on Sunday, May 19th and the last meal of the conference will be breakfast on Friday, May 24th.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the UAW Region 1 office at (586) 427-9200.