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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!

Open Letter in Regard to GM: I am not a spokesman for anyone other than myself and the words in this opinion piece are mine and they pertain specifically and solely to me. Since retiring on July 1, 2010, I have avoided speaking to the media. I read with disgust and dismay some newspaper articles pertaining to me yesterday. I do not blame the reporters. They were covering a story based on statements taken from General Motors’ Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment against Fiat Chrysler and others, dated August 3, 2020. I do, however, place the blame squarely on GM for their malicious and utterly baseless attack against me and a supposed “unnamed” member of my family.

“Outside the bubble of Washington, D.C. our families continue to struggle with an economy devastated by this pandemic. This impacts UAW members, their families, their communities and their jobs, all of which depend on a resilient economy. This issue needs to be solved.

In the short term, families need a temporary extension of current benefits, including the $600 a week supplemental unemployment until a final bill is resolved.

"The world John Lewis leaves behind is a very different world than the one he entered, in large measure because of his courage, tenacity and belief in the human spirit. Our own UAW history is forever linked to John Lewis and our support in Selma. Today, UAW members lost a friend; the nation lost a civil rights leader; and the world lost a human rights legend. But we will never lose the spirit and legacy he forged from the days of Walter Reuther to today. John Lewis leaves mankind better and we are grateful for it."

Today in Boston, Mass., a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and MIT challenging Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) new directive on student visas was heard. The UAW immediately filed an amicus brief in support of the Harvard/MIT lawsuit, held demonstrations at ICE headquarters and state capitols across the country and stood with the Attorney Generals in Massachusetts. Connecticut, New York, Washington, and California to launch their own challenges. And we succeeded.