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July - Aug 2013 - UAW Local 2209

LOCAL VOICESHall number(260) 672-2209Fax (260) 672-9220E-Mail us at:news-editor@local2209.orgJuly - August 2013UAW Local 2209, PO Box 579, Roanoke, IN 46783 July - August 2013Photo by Roxanna LucasSee page 9Photo by Lee MillsMore photos on page 3Putting the YOU in UNION.Photo by Amanda MeierSee pages 6-7


President’s ReportAs we swing through the summer we need to note someevents for your calendar. We will be having a regularmembership meeting in July, it will be Saturday, July 20, at11:00 a.m. In August we have our annual EducationCommittee Golf Outing scheduled for Sunday, August 11,see page 5 for exact details. The annual Organized LaborFamily Picnic will again be held at Headwaters Park onMonday, September 2. Food, bingo, kid’s rides and fun is onthe schedule and everything kicks off justafter 11:00 a.m. We again have made adonation to this event and we findourselves cooking thousands of hot dogs,too. We are always in need of volunteers,if you can spare some time please call thehall and we’ll get you the details. ThisLabor Day Picnic is free for all workingpeople in Fort Wayne and thesurrounding area.Also in September we have our annualSolidarity Picnic on Saturday, September21. Just like years past we have familytime from noon through 4:00 p.m. andadult time from 5-11:00 p.m. Again wehave a bus service driving between the hall and the plantwest GA parking lot, those buses will start rolling just after11:00 a.m. If you know a vendor who is interested in being apart of this event, have them call the hall at (260) 672-2209,Mon. - Fri.2209 Hall Hours6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Carol Schultz (right) with latehusband and retiree, John Schultz anddaughter, Casey.Photo by Diana Bovie-KoomlerPlanning Aheadand we can review the details of what is involved in being apart of the day.A special thank you goes out to Retiree Carol Schultz. Shehas moved to Wisconsin and will not be the chairperson ofour Retiree Chapter, that role will be filled by Vice ChairDiana Bovie-Koomler until the election in the spring of2014. Carol Schultz was one of only a handful of ourmembers who has consistently been involved in this local,year after year, since we were chartered in1986. She was on the Women’sCommittee and served as the chair forover 20 years. She and others wereinstrumental in starting the DisasterRelief Committee. Carol worked withothers on a 2209 Cookbook, madeblankets for kids and has been involved inthe coordination and work of countlessUAW events. She also served as anIn Solidarity,Mark GevaartExecutive Board member for years. She isa solid Union sister who has representedus very well over the years. Carol, thankyou for all the help you have given UAW2209.Financial Report for April 2013Beginning Balance $Income $Total Expenses $Account Balance $Our Editorial PolicyTo our readers: This newspaper is the voice of your localand international union. This is our only vehicle forbringing to you, on a regular basis, the views of the leadersyou elected, so you can evaluate them.The newspaper also is the voice of the membership. Wewelcome articles from UAW members and stories aboutmembers.All articles should contribute positively to the welfare ofthis union and its members.We will accept no attacks on any union leader or member.We will accept a thoughtful discussion of all related issuesin the letters column.We reserve the right to reply to those that seem to reflect amisunderstanding of the union and its policies.Thanks for your support, and we look forward to hearingfrom you.Financial Report for May 2013Beginning Balance $Income $Total Expenses $Account Balance $DEADLINEsfor upcoming issues of LOCAL VOICES:September issue - July 19October issue - August 16November issue - September 20Submissions should be turned in to the secretary atthe union hall or emailed to:news-editor@local2209.org2


MEMBERS IN ACTIONKrishana Lear serving hot dogs for March of Dimes.Conservation & Recreation Committee members SorenNeild & Jared Theile working in the pond behind the plant.Cowgirls Alissa Williams & Heather Edwardstake a break from playing kickball to smile forthe camera.Retiree Reagan Richardson ready to ride in the VeteransPoker Run.It’s a bird… It’s a plane…Photos by Roxanna Lucas and Lee Mills3


SIXQUESTIONSWith Kirk Swenson1) Is Fort Wayne Assembly(FWA) your first plant? If not, atwhat other facilities have you worked?No, FWA is the second plant that I worked at for GM. Andmy fourth plant as well. I have been on the gypsy caravanbetween Janesville, Wisconsin, and FWA since 1986. WhenJanesville announced the closing of the plant in the summerof 2008, there was only one facility that I wanted to transferto - FWA.2) What is something that you enjoy about FWA or Local2209?The people within the walls of the plant have always beengreat. It was a unique experience helping open the plant in1986 and working on the first vehicles that we produced.Coming back here after a 10 year absence reaffirmed thefact that there are hard-working and friendly folks comingtogether to build trucks on a daily basis. The union has beenso great for me personally. When I needed help to get anEducational Leave signed that management refused to do,it came back the next day signed with help from former2209 President Joe Burkhamer. I also enjoyed theopportunity that leadership afforded me when they trustedin me to take over as Editor of our union newspaper - LocalVoices.3) Where do you work? What shift/dept? What do you do?I work in the Material Department on 1st shift. I am atugger and deliver parts to Trim and Chassis.4) What are your interests outside of work?I am a big music fan. I can boast about seeing many bandsfrom Led Zeppelin to The Ramones, seeing U2 and TheStray Cats when they were playing bars and alsoLollapalooza four times where I saw The Black Keys, BenHarper and others. Politics is important to me. I amfortunate that my family had the pleasure to see the lastthree Democratic candidates for President speak during thecampaign seasons. I feel that is important to educate ourchildren about politics and about being an involved citizen.5) Are you a first generation UAW member?No, I am a second generation member. My father was amember of UAW Local 95 in Janesville, Wisconsin, for 35years. Last month my youngest son, Conor, was hired as atemp and will be working for the summer before returningfor his last semester of college this fall.6) Is there anything else you want people to know?I have a simple mission for each work day - not to hitanyone and not to drop any parts. Sometimes I fail on thelatter. It’s always great to hit the door after a work day togo home and be with my family.SIX QUESTIONSwas conceived and compiled by Amy HoustonEvery year on April 28 we take a day tomourn those who have lost their lives orbeen injured on the job. In the state ofIndiana alone, 171 workers died in 2012while performing their job. We also lost fiveUAW brothers last year in workplacetragedies. This year to honor the workersthat lost their lives, I attended the Workers’Memorial Day Ceremony in Indianapolis atthe Statehouse, along with Local 2209members Kevin Murray, Roxanna Lucas,retiree Randy Schmidt and Local 57 retireeRoger Miller. Indiana State AFL-CIOPresident Nancy Guyott addressed thecrowd, “more than 3.8 million workers werereported injured on the job.” As the namesof the 171 deceased workers were read,loved ones placed blue and yellowHonoring Fallen WorkersThe Workers’ Memorial in front ofthe Indiana Government Center indowntown Indianapolis.Photo by Amanda Meiercarnations on the floor below easelsthat were dedicated in their memory.In May, Region 2B Director KenLortz announced that there have beenno reported workplace deaths in anyUAW represented facilities this year.However there have been over 105fatalities in the first quarter across theUnited States. Director Lortz urgedevery Local to discuss health andsafety. “Keep that in the front ofeverybody’s mind,” he said. He alsoexplained that the highest workrelateddeath tolls were in Right toWork (for less) states.Amanda MeierNewspaper StaffDon’t forget, the upcoming membership meetings are July 20 and August 17.No meeting in September due to the Solidarity Picnic, per membership action.4


SOLIDARITY PICNICSaturday, September 21Family TimeNoon - 4:00 p.m.Adult Time5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.There will be no parking available at the hall during familyhours. Shuttle buses will transport people from the West GAparking lot to the hall.Parking will be available at the hall throughout theremainder of the evening for American-made, unionmadevehicles.Giant inflatablesFort Wayne Children’s Zoo PresentationPetting zooDunk tankCarnival themed games with prizesMagicianCornholeMad Anthony brew tastingLive music from Good Night Gracie6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.*There will also be a fun surprise*Food during the day will include: hot dogs, hamburgers,chips, cookies, water and soda. There will also be cottoncandy and a Sno-cone machine.Blue Smoke Stackhouse will be catering BBQ during theevening. There will also be water, soda and adultbeverages available.CAR SHOW(In conjunction with picnic)Registration: 10:00 a.m. - NOON day of showMember’s Fee: Free with IDNon-member’s: $15 (includes entry to picnic)Awards will be given to Top 15 vehicles plus “Best of Show”Voting ends at 2:00 p.m. and trophies will be handed out at 2:30 p.m.*UAW Local 2209 is NOT responsible for any damage to vehicles.*Bow Safety ClassSaturday, September 78:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.The Conservation & Recreation Committee would like toinvite you and your families to a FREE one day BowSafety Class at the hall.President of the Indiana Bowhunting Association andLocal 2209 member Jamie Olson will be the Instructor.Donuts and lunch will be provided.Call the hall to register (260) 672-2209.Education Committee ScholarshipGolf ScrambleSunday, August 11Location: Brookwood Golf ClubRegistration: 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.Shotgun Start: 11:00 a.m.Fee: $65 per person or $260 per teamDeadline: Entries must be submitted tothe hall by Friday, August 2.Bring a plastic jar of Peanut Butter or Jelly and receive araffle ticket for a chance to win a 40”, American made, flatscreen television. Limit one free ticket per person.5


“BROTHERS ON THE LINE ”DIRECTOR SASHA REUTHER VISITS 2209At the May membership meeting, SashaReuther, grandson of Victor Reuther, presentedhis film “Brothers on the Line” and participatedin a panel discussion with area labor groups.Q- Other than your familial connection to theReuther brothers, what made you decide tocreate this film?A- It really came about out of a sense that thiscrucial piece of American history was simply lost tomy generation and younger. There was little if anyLabor history in my high school text books. Mypeers had no knowledge of the Labor movement’scontribution to the civil rights struggle, in buildingthe middle class, etc. Unions are tightly woven intothe fabric of our nation and thathistory has been buried. So, I was ona mission to at least reintroduce myfamily’s role in that importantchronology. As a filmmaker withunparalleled access to engagingmaterial, how could I not dive in?Q- Do you have any stand-outmemories of your grandfather,Victor, that you would like toshare? What would he say aboutthis film if he were here to see it?A- My grandfather andgrandmother, Sophie, wereespecially welcoming. I canremember gatherings at their beautiful home inWashington, DC. Typically, they would be hostingan informal dinner for a labor leader or otherforeign dignitary. Family and close friends wouldbe invited as well. To top it off, there would alwaysbe a few seats added for the gardener ormaintenance person or someone who happened tomake a delivery to the house that day. Everyonewas treated with the same generosity of spirit. Itspoke to my grandparent’s passion for equality andmixing of cultures. If my grandfather were alive tosee this film, he would be enormously proud,especially for its honest portrayal. My crew and Itook the effort to give a balanced perspective; toreveal the complex and sometimes controversialdealings of powerful men and not just their heroicachievements. Detractors of the Reuther brotherswere given a voice as well. Victor would see thosescenes as essential lessons for young activists andleaders today.Q- Do you consider yourself to be a laboractivist?A- In a sense, yes. My filmmaking is my activism. Intheaters, on TV, or through the web is the best wayto engage and inspire. While I have yet to be atrade unionist, I can carry on my family legacy byrecalling the lost histories ordocumenting today’s struggles. Thisdelivery system is so importantbecause, as I mentioned, most of mypeers probably couldn’t name a pastor current labor leader, aside fromJimmy Hoffa. I know that there arepositive worker stories out there andunions involved in courageouscommunity-building. Movements willhappen but, to reach a broadaudience, the message must bepackaged for the short-attentionspan,user-friendly, digital world. Thatis my contribution to labor’s arsenal.Q- You have mentioned that you find itsurprising how little people know about thehistory of the labor movement. Why is itimportant for young people to understand ourhistory and how can we ensure that they arebetter educated in the future?A- It is important for young people to understandthat the history of labor was much bigger than theworker vs. management struggle. Labor’saggressive political and community actioncomponents offered checks-and-balances to the6


power of Big Business and Big Government,something we desperately need today. Unionswere significant social change-makers and, onceupon a time, their collective bargaining strategycatapulted millions of blue-collar workers into themiddle class. In a new age of corporate greed andexploited labor, it is essential to have a footing inour past in order to chart a new course. Aside fromdoing my best to screen “Brothers On The Line” inas many schools as possible, my request is thatunions try to reserve a small piece of their limitedresources to maintain or resurrect their EducationDepartments. I would not hold out hope for themainstream media or Hollywood to craft a wave oflabor-centric programs. However, a reasonablyfunded Education Department could collaboratewith local independent filmmakers to capture thatunion’s stories. There are plenty of alternativevenues to find an audience, whether premiering a 2-minute short at a regional film festival or a multipartseries on a specialized YouTube channel.Q- Some critics claimthat, although laborunions had theirplace in history, theyare no longerrelevant in today’seconomy. What areyour thoughts onthis?Director Reuther poses with members of Local 2209 after theshowing of the documentary and labor panel discussion.A- One needs to lookno further than Wal-Mart to answer that question.They are a reminder of GM before the Flint SitdownStrikes. A union in place at that companycould not only attempt to rectify any number ofworkplace abuses (domestic and international)but, raising the pay scale of their employees wouldactually benefit the bottom-line. A majority of Wal-Mart employees spend a significant amount of theirearnings on the living essentials stocked rightthere on those shelves. Make more…spend more.This does not sound like a bad-for-business model.If labor unions were to disappear, the chasmbetween the rich and poor would continue to grow,promoting an every-man-for-themselves mentality.This is not how a democratic society prospers.Q- What impact do you think this film couldhave on the UAW’s attempts to organize the‘transnational’ car companies in the southernUnited States? Do you think that it is importantfor workers there to see the film?A- I think it would be vital for the workers at the“transnational” companies to see “Brothers On TheLine” as it provides a foundation for the UAW’sgreater ideals and intentions. They not only fightfor the best interests of their membership but,expand into the surrounding community, in aneffort to lift all boats. It would also give theimpression that the union is honest about theircomplicated past and stands ready with a revised,relevant strategy for the future.Q- It is nearly 43 years to the day that Walterand May Reuther died in the plane crash nearBlack Lake. If that hadnot happened, whatother objectivesbesides the completionof the education centerdo you think thatWalter, Roy and Victorwould have focused ontogether?Photo by Chrissy MangrumA- I believe they wouldhave continued a unifiedeffort to pressure the Nixon administration to endthe war in Vietnam. In Dr. King’s memory, I thinkthe brothers would have expanded aid to the Waron Poverty campaign. And for the survival of theUAW and the labor movement at large, it wouldboil down to one word alone: ORGANIZE. Uponpulling the UAW from the AFL-CIO in 1969, Walterseemed poised to go on an organizational crusade,especially in the South. That would have been anexciting campaign.Interview by Amy RichardsonRecording Secretary7


Family Fishing DerbyThe morning started out chilly and wet, but as the day continued, the jackets came off and the boats headed out onthe lake. Over 30 people came out to Big Lake to enjoy a day on the water with the Conservation & RecreationCommittee. Prizes ranging from fishing poles to gift certificates were given away for the largest blue gill, bass,crappie and carp and all of the children were awarded with their choice of lures.The Conservation & Recreation Committee plans on making this fishing derby an annual event, so watch forupdates in this paper and on the bulletin boards at the plant and hall. We would also like to thank everyone whohelped with this event including those that loaned their boats out. We hope to see everyone again next year.Amanda MeierConservation & Recreation Committee Co-ChairKyle Palan (Trim 3 rd shift) proudlyposes with his award winning 26inch long carp.A family spending some time fishing from the dock whilewaiting for a pontoon.Photos by Amanda MeierCommittee SpotlightOver 15 years ago, compassionate members of Local 2209 cametogether to form a Disaster Relief Committee. John Tompkins, chair ofthe committee, explained, “We help members of our local who’veexperienced a catastrophe to get going before insurance kicks in, oreven when there isn’t any insurance. When you lose your home to fire,flood, tornado, or whatever, you don’t grab toothbrushes, towels orother toiletry items, you just get out.” Our Disaster Relief Committeemaintains a supply of items to be distributed to members who havesuffered the loss of their home, and can grant a limited amount ofmoney to also aid in the emergency. The members of the committeemeet following the monthly union meeting and would welcome newmembers who feel the call to help other members of our local inemergencies. The committee raises money through raffles (an iPadMini for this year’s Solidarity Day Picnic), 50/50 collections, manningthe kitchen during a union meeting and through any other donationspeople wish to make. If you would like to be a part of this committee,please stop by the Hall and fill out an application.Roxanna LucasNewspaper StaffRECYCLEthis paper.Pass it on to anon-union acquaintance.Peanut Butter & Jelly Drivecontinues through August 18as the Women’s Committeeworks to restock the shelves ofthe Associated Churches’ foodpantry. Look for the collectionbins at the plant entrances orbring items to the union hall.8


Conservationists ParadiseConservation efforts around the pond at the General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly plant go largely unnoticed by usevery day, but make a tremendous difference to the wildlife around us. With a vision to the future, our Local 2209Conservation & Recreation Committee, in partnership with members of management, have begun work transformingthis area into a nature preserve. On a nice warm Wednesday in May, over a dozen people gathered to enter the areacarrying posts, duck houses, nests and tools like a battery operated saw and a sledgehammer. Men in water gear wadedfearlessly into the unknown pond waters, hoping to not sink in over their heads. They hammered posts into the bottomof the pond, then attached mallard nests or wood duck houses to those posts. These conservationists followed trailsmade by deer around the pond area. Pushing through lush vegetation, they made mental notes or discussed ideas forfuture forays into the area.In 1985 when the plant was first built, over two thousand trees were planted. Now some trees have grown around themetal posts once meant to keep them upright. Other posts no longer have a tree to keep. Frequently one or more of thecaptive deer of the area was sighted, no doubtcurious about the human invaders. There are plansin the works for them as well, perhaps a plot ofcorn or other food types the deer would enjoy. Inthe future, more bat houses will join those alreadyset up, along with blue bird houses and many otherbird items. There are hopes that someday the areawill be a park, which can be open to GM workers,and perhaps eventually the public. Theconservationists talked about it being a place whereboy scouts can earn badges. For now, the duckshave some new houses to nest in and were alreadyinvestigating them before the group left.Photo by Roxanna LucasRoxanna LucasNewspaper StaffMike Palan (center) leads a few committee members to the worksite.Paint the Plant PinkGeneral Motors Fort Wayne Assembly in May 2013became a part of the Vera Bradley Foundation’s annualTurn the Town Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Event.GM, Lutheran and Dupont Hospitals, several golf clubsand the entire downtown area of Fort Wayne participatedin the pink ribbon effort. Of the more than 3000 ribbonswhich were hung, over 800 fluttered in the breezeall over the GM grounds, from the truck displayalong Interstate 69 all the way through the frontgate. There were nearly as many ribbons hung atGM FWA as in all of downtown Fort Wayne.Members of UAW Local 2209, and members ofthe management team, collected more than $4000to purchase the ribbon which they then assembledbefore hanging. Each ribbon supported the Vera BradleyFoundation’s mission to fund research for a cure to breastcancer.As they worked to tie ribbons to fence posts, trees and anyother available surface, everyone working on the effortseemed to have a personal mission. Brittney Smart, herhair dyed pink in honor of her friend Courtney who hadlost her own battle with breast cancer, was part of the teamof energetic men and women donating their free time tothe effort. “Courtney was 20 when she got her diagnosis.When she got her hair back after treatments, she colored itall different colors. She was strong and she never let it getto her, she rocked the bandana, the wig,whatever.”Just as the battle against breast cancer willcontinue, so will this committed team. Alreadyplanning for next year, they are determined toexceed this year’s efforts. The groundspractically glowed pink from the ribbons in2013. Cheryl Rickert looked around as sheworked and vowed to do even more next year, a sentimentshared by everyone.Roxanna LucasNewspaper Staff9


RetireesWe Wish You WellMay Retirements: Donald Eckinger, Lawrence Pittard, Terry Robertson, Constance Sargent, John TrimmJune Retirements: Skip Hamilton, Sharon Handel, Randy Lawson, Larry Musselman, Larry Reynolds, Phil Romano,Terry Scott, Leroy WhiteRetiree ReportChapter Retiree MeetingsMeetings are held at 10:00 a.m. on the 3 rd Wednesday of each month at the Local 2209 Union Hall. Retirees, retireespouses, and surviving spouses are welcome to attend the meetings. We also welcome transfers from other retireechapters. Check your retiree newsletter for the program we will provide for the monthly meeting. Upcoming RetireeChapter Meetings: July 17, August 21 and September 18.DON’T FORGET TO JOIN THE CHAPTER’S FACEBOOK GROUP!The Chapter’s Facebook Group is named UAW Retiree Chapter 2209. It is a closed group andintended only for Chapter 2209 retirees and their spouses or significant other. Outsiders will not beable to see postings made within the group. To be added to the group you first need to sign in toFacebook.Benefit Contact InformationLocal Benefit Representatives can be contacted in the plant at one of the following phone numbers:260-673-2339, 260-673-2540, 260-673-2596. If you can’t reach them at any of the numbers, call the Local Union Hallat 260-672-2209 and they will text message benefits.In SolidarityBe Well and Be SafeGary ScheppRetiree Chapter 2209 Recording SecretaryUAW Retiree/United Way Volunteer Honored With Thiele AwardJune 17, 2013 (Fort Wayne, Ind.) – United Way of Allen County volunteerClarence “Mickey” Benton was recently honored with the Monsignor Thiele awardat a June 14 breakfast reception at Fort Wayne Country Club. Each year, theRaymond Rosenberger Foundation awards a committed United Way advocate withthe Monsignor Thiele award. Monsignor Charles Thiele was rector of St. Peter’sCatholic Church in Fort Wayne from 1905 to 1938 and a priest in the Fort WayneDiocese for nearly 53 years, serving under four bishops. Raymond Rosenberger andhis parents were parishioners of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.Benton was employed with General Motors 30 years before retiring in 2006 andwas a member of the United Auto Workers Local 2209. He will fulfill his thirdthree-year term with United Way’s board of directors at the end of June 2013. Healso chairs the labor community service committee, which is responsible for severalcommunity outreach events, such as community education classes, senior healthfair, Labor Day and Memorial Day family events and more. He is an active memberof United Way’s investment cabinet, ensuring United Way and its agency partnersadhere to funding guidelines and meet appropriate goals. In the past, Benton hasbeen a campaign cabinet member, Day of Caring Volunteer, and campaignambassador, encouraging other individuals and companies to give, advocate andvolunteer with United Way.“United Way depends on devoted volunteers like Mickey who continue to help ourorganization grow and thrive,” said Todd Stephenson, president and CEO of UnitedWay of Allen County. “Mickey’s dedication to our community represents what itmeans to LIVE UNITED and to build a stronger Allen County.”Press Release from United WayPhoto by Vickie Meyers10


Thank Y’allThe Union Label Committee would like to thank everyonewho helped make the Honky Tonk Ball Donk-A-DonkKickball Tournament another success. A total of 12 teamsparticipated in the tournament and the Old School Bulliestook the First Place spot yet again. Coming in Second Placewas Donkey Punch and Third Place went to Dukes of Hazard.A big thank you to everyone who volunteered and we hope tosee everyone again next time. Look for fliers in the plant andat the union hall for details on the next tournament in thespring.Union Label CommitteeThanks So MuchThe entire Ooten family would like to thank Local2209. Words cannot describe the generosity wehave received from our brothers and sisters. Wehave appreciated, read and cried over every text,phone call, Facebook message and all thethoughts and prayers. The flowers at both funeralslooked amazing. Thank you again for caringabout our family. Your generosity never ceases toamaze us. Everything you all have done has beenfelt, heard and read. We love you all!Rick, Tisha, Zack and Jake OotenThank YouI want to thank everyone involved in theDisaster Relief Committee for the help,generosity and comfort they have shownme though the hard time I experiencedwhen my home flooded after the storm. Ifeel truly blessed to be a part of thisunion. You have shown me that ourLocal is more than just a union, you allare like family, and words can’t expresshow much that means to me.Karri MillerA Fairwell from “Santa”A big THANKS to all of my co-workers and LoriWells for their hard work in the preparation of myretirement dinner. Thanks for all of the cards,donations, gifts and well wishes. You all will bemissed greatly. Thanks to everyone for their help andguidance over the past 18 plus years at the Fort WayneAssembly Truck Plant. I have learned a wealth ofknowledge from each and every one of you. Thanksfor the wonderful friendships we have had and willhave for years to come. You all made it a pleasure tocome to work everyday.“Santa” aka Paul Gebert Sr.ThanksThanks to all my co-workers who were thinking of my family and Iduring the loss of my Mother-in-Law who was a great part of ourlives. Thank you all for your support during this time with yourcards, donations, friendships and prayers.“Santa” aka Paul Gebert Sr.Turnstone Sends GratitudeAllow me this opportunity to thank you, organized labor, and yourfamilies, for helping to bring joy to the lives of our clients and theirfamilies during this year’s Union Counselor’s Picnic. The party wasamazing and a success, as you could see by the full gym. Our clientsand staff are still talking about the fun they had!This event is one of the few times during the year that Turnstone’sclients and their families have the opportunity to get togethersocially. Over 300 children and adults who receive Turnstoneservices and their families gathered together this year to enjoy thegreat food, entertainment and your hospitality.Again, your generosity to Turnstone is very appreciated. To quoteone of our clients, “It was an awesome time!”Sincerely,Nancy LouraineTurnstone Executive DirectorHeartfelt ThanksOn June 1, my apartment wasinvolved in a flood. I lost a lot ofthings including my apartment. I ama temp here, but when my coworkerslearned of my situationthey got together and helped methrough my time of need. Theyreally made me feel that I wasn’t atemp, I was part of the UAW/GMfamily. I would like to thank eachand every person who helped me getthrough a bad situation. I now havea new apartment, job and a 2 ndfamily. Thank you all from thebottom of my heart.Samantha Whitley11


UAW Local 22095820 E. 900 N.PO Box 579Roanoke, IN 46783Nonprofit Org.U.S. PostagePAIDFort Wayne, IN 46802Permit No. 650Layout and edit by:Roxanna Lucas,Amanda Meier &Mark Gevaart.Your award winningunion paper has arrived.Communications AwardsYour communications team won a number of Awards this year at the annualLUPA (Local Union Press Association) Conference. Webmaster Randy Brownwon 1 st place for Best Work Place Coverage, and 1 st place for Best Content;2 nd place for Art & Education and 3 rd place for General Excellence for theLocal 2209 website. President Mark Gevaart won 2 nd place for Best Front Pageand 3 rd place for Best Political Coverage for his weekly President’s Report.Editor Kirk Swenson won 1 st place for Best Photo or Graphic, and HonorableMention for General Excellence for our Local Voices newsletter.Roxanna Lucas won 2 nd place in the 8 th annual Hedy Hilburn “LUPA Idol”Talent Contest with her rendition of Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.We Welcome The New Members To Local 220912Photo by Amanda Meier

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