Our February Retiree meeting was well attended by 185 members
and guests. We would like to thank Vice Chairman Orville
Clark for the potato soup he commissioned; excellent fare for a
chilly winter day. Kudos to Peggie Sponsler who each month
comes in bright and early to get the coffee going so that our
early birds can enjoy their eye opener while socializing with
their former co-workers. We would be remiss to not
acknowledge our loyal kitchen help; Ralph Hahn, Wally Budzinski,
Bob Freely, Steve Kreider, Rick Thompson, George St. Mary and
John Grey. There would be no lunch without these
Thank you Defiance County Public Health Dept. Nurses,
Katie Fitzwater and Stacy Lucas. The great success of our
retiree meeting is the camaraderie and team work of all those
who pitch in to ensure we have both a fun and informational
Our meeting was called to order at 12:00 Noon by Chairman
Ted Fleming and all officers were in attendance.
Orville Clark led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and we
observed a moment of silence for our deceased members. We
made note that it was sadly the one year anniversary of the
accidental death of our union Brother Terry Bodenbender.
President Keith Boecker mentioned that there is no local
agreement as of yet but talks are continuing.
Darla Rickenberg our Benefits Rep, said tax documents
were mailed postmarked January 31st so watch for yours.
These include Retirees’ 1099R and Active workers W-2
forms. Darla reminded us to ALWAYS update our beneficiary
when there has been any change to our marital, and or
beneficiary status. Whoever you’ve listed on you Met Life
beneficiary form is who will receive your insurance.
Benefit reps. will be “away” and unable to answer your
questions in any detail at the time of our April meeting.
A skeleton crew will be available for minor inquires, but any
detailed queries should be brought to her attention either well
before the April meeting or after they return.
Our new Legal services plan began opening cases on
Wednesday, January 25, 2017. A new case can be opened by
calling 1-800-482-7700. Legal Services representatives
will be available to answer questions either at March or April
meeting, but a definite date has not yet been determined.
The plan will offer an “Office Work” benefit with
services for the following legal matters:
Wills and Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Purchase or sale and other
uncontested issues regarding residential real estate property,
deeds, uncontested family matters, credit reporting, contracts
for good or services, residential leases, birth or marriage
certificates and name change.
Ted Fleming spoke on “Right to Work” which is better
described as “Right to Work is WRONG!!” People make less in
wages in Right to Work states. Right to work is an assault
on organized labor. Ted noted that often on social media
like Facebook, he has seen derogatory comments concerning Unions
and sometimes by children of Union members. Wouldn’t that be
considered biting the hand that fed you? “We are Ohio” has
a great Facebook page for those wanting to check it out.
Here is a snippet of what I found on their Facebook page… “In
2011 when we came together and fought against Senate Bill 5 the
message was clear: Ohioans vote to protect workers, not
dismantle their bargaining rights. Right to Work is WRONG
for workers, WRONG for our communities and WRONG for Ohio!
As Ted wisely reminded us “Don’t be silent when you can speak up
on anything Union related”. Keep in mind…Our union is not
growing…it is shrinking.
Sara Laws also spoke on Right to Work and “Truth Teams”
which need volunteers. Any volunteers for the “Truth
Teams” in our area would come under Rep. Bob Latta’s
District. Since this was something I wasn’t’ familiar with
I researched and found the OFA (Organizing for Action) and
they are a non-profit whose mission is as follows: “The
OFA Truth Team is a grassroots network dedicated to debunking
myths and spreading accurate information about health care
reform, immigration reform, and other important issues.
This page is run by Organizing for Action” I found them on
There has definitely been an abundance of fake/false news
over this past 18 month, so it is refreshing to see that someone
is prepared to take this on.
It was once again mentioned that our Local 211 newspaper
often gets returned to sender because someone moved and didn’t
change their address. This is costly to our Union. Cost
saving is quite likely will result in bi-monthly issues but you
can always see our Local 211 newspaper monthly online at www.uawlocal211.com
We acknowledged members birthdays and anniversaries and
after a few jovial minuets Ted playfully reminded us “It is not
Peggie's Birthday Yet”
Look forward to seeing you March 2nd. Lunch starts
at 10:30 am. and the meeting begins at noon. Pop in to see
what our gourmet officers (Orville and Peggie) have in mind for
your dining pleasure in March! Feel free to make requests
for future lunch selections. We are always open to suggestions.
Reminder: Kitchen help will be Pat and Abe Kuhlman and
John and Carol Ehlinger.
Local 211 UAW
Retiree Recording Secretary
To our bereaved members and their families,
we offer our sincere condolences for the loss of their loved
ones. We extend our sincere sympathy to the families of
Elvin Greear – Retired 5/91
Rafael Manriquez – Retired 3/79
Harriet Sanders – Retired 8/01
Ronald Ellerbrock – Retired 1/00
Reed Avram – Retired 9/97
Keith Langdon – Retired 6/06
Guadalupe Villarreal – Retired 1/07