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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!

Detroit - UAW International President Rory L. Gamble has received lifetime achievement awards from the Detroit Chapter NAACP and the Western Wayne County NAACP this month honoring his and UAW’s commitment to the fight for social justice.

Gamble, the UAW’s first African American International President, said he was humbled and honored by the award. “This confirms that the work we do at the UAW in fighting for social justice and the rights and dignity of all Americans is recognized by our community.”

Since its inception, since we got here as a nation, America has been about the right to allow its citizens to pick and choose our best and most qualified people for public office. We took a while to get here. We started out with some states allowing only white male adult property owners to vote, with non-whites and women and non-property owners on the outside looking in.

By Ray Curry Vote! I cannot say it any simpler or say it enough. Vote to restore government for the people, by the people; vote to preserve our threatened middle class; vote for America’s workers by voting for an America that works; vote up and down the ballot and vote union blue.