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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!

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Providing heating assistance to Michigan families Detroit - UAW President Rory L. Gamble has been unanimously elected to serve on the Board of Directors of THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that has been helping to keep Michigan families warm through utility assistance since 1985. THAW provides assistance to vulnerable Michigan residents through 39 agency partners and a series of annual mobile processing events. Since its inception in 1985, THAW has distributed over $190 million in assistance to more than 256,000 Michigan households. Last year, THAW distributed more than $15 million in utility assistance to nearly 18,000 Michigan households, helping families stay warm in the winter and protecting them against water shutoffs.
Photo by Detroit News Archives Originally posted on DetroitNews.com By Rory L. Gamble With images of an insurrection at our nation’s Capitol this month, we all are experiencing a nation divided like none of us has ever seen. We are divided by politics. By opinions. By economics. By beliefs. The cause? Well, that is up for debate. What isn’t up for debate is that this is a time to look to — and take heart in — the words of President John F. Kennedy and heed the warning of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that healing our nation starts with us. Each of us must personally seek to find what unites us and foster that, bond with it, build upon it, so that we can move forward to a better place for us all.

Detroit - “Hand on Bible, in the seat of the world’s longest democratic republic, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took an oath that carries the hopes and dreams of all Americans to rise from the COVID-19 challenge, our economic challenges and our national division.