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     The Retirement Party on September 20, 2018, was a great success!  We were fortunate to have our very own Dave Baerlin take photos at the event.  Thank you, Dave!  Another thank you goes out to

We are planning a Retirement Party on Thursday, September 20, 2018, due to the large number of Body CAD employees retiring this year!  Save the date: 

Listed below are the locals that have Cedar Point tickets.    Please call the local for pricing and availability.   

     Our first retiree this year is Gary Ginnard!  He hired in at Ford in March of 1978. He is our third most senior designer.  He has been a union member since he hired in. Gary was born in Redford, Michigan.  He attended military school in Kalamazoo for four years, where he was an altar boy as well.  He then went on to Livonia Bently High School and graduated from there in 1973. After high school, Gary went straight to the boards - - drafting boards, that is.  He was employed by Holowell Engineering and working at AM General.

At the end of 2017, we will be saying good-bye to six Body CAD Designers:

Tom Coseo - - December 1977

Mark Miller - - May 1978

Mitch Zukowski - - May 1985

Tammy Gratson - - September 1986

Bob Mulka - - November 1989

Vic Kapla - - June 2012

Please click on the attachments below to download and read a brief biography about each Designer.  Good luck to you all and Happy Retirement!!

At the meeting on February 19, 2019, the winner of the Good and Welfare gift cards were:
$100 - Chris Ostrowski          $50 - Mike Altherr    Paul Heise     Ky Cam

The names pulled for the $100 Rolling Pot were:

Juliana Guzman     Marty Drumb     Greg Kehoe     Kevin Tyszkiewicz     Phil Taylor              

The next Rolling Pot in May will be worth $200.

     The May/June Member Service Recognition Award drawing was Gift Cards to Texas de Brazil, Hop Cat, PFChang, and Olgas!  There were two winners.  As usual, all eligible members are automatically entered.

     The August winner of
     The July winner of

     The June winner of  the PfChang/Olgas gift cards was Rich Goerke!
     The May winner of the Texas de Brazil/Hop Cat gift cards was Chris Verschaeve!

The day COVID-19 shutdown the Warren (Michigan) Technical Center is the day Travis Fick jumped wholeheartedly into the fight against the virus. “It was a Friday. I believe March 20. I had been paying attention, so I knew there was a shortage of personal protection equipment, so I started a Facebook group to see what we could do,” says the Local 160 member. Immediately, he posted information about the need to get protection gear to medical professionals. He called businesses like dentist offices that had closed because they were not essential, but might have N95 masks, gloves, medical gowns and caps, or anything that could be used on the front lines.

Tune in 2 p.m. (EDT) Friday, April 10, for a free webinar that offers expert information for those still working outside the home during the coronavirus pandemic. The event, Workplace Safety in a Pandemic: Slowing the Spread of Coronavirus and Communicable Diseases, is sponsored by Cornell University ILR Worker Institute. Register now at https://bit.ly/2JR2MFb.

My Brothers and Sisters, I’d like to talk a little today about the loss of my good friend and former UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ruben Burks. Ruben passed on Monday, another casualty in this terrible pandemic. He was truly a gentleman and a tireless fighter for working men and women, for our members and for what is right and just. He served this union tirelessly for decades, starting at the GM Fisher Body Plant 2 in Flint, Michigan. He quickly rose through the UAW ranks, serving as committee person, executive board member and director of Region 1C. I will be forever grateful for his leadership and his friendship. And in thinking about my dear union brother and his contributions, I take strength in the fact that Ruben was one of so many dedicated individuals who have served this union.
My Sisters and Brothers, I’m pleased to bring you some more stories today of the good works of our UAW family during this terrible crisis. I’ve shared stories in the past weeks of our brave members on the front lines of this pandemic, but we have many members helping out in so many different ways across the nation. I’d like to share a different type of story today.