the September Retiree meeting the UAW TRUST Benefit
Representatives were in attendance to give all the updates on
our health care for 2018. They gave us information on staying
with Blue Cross or switching over to Aetna for Medicare
Advantage. If you need further information please contact Dan
Perez at the UAW Hall, and he will assist you with your
We would like to thank our Kitchen helpers for the month
of September, Virginia Dillion, Joyce Plummer, Vern Martin and
This past July, five Local 211 Retiree couples got to
attend meetings at the UAW Educational Center, Black Lake
Michigan. This year’s topic was Ethical Consumerism which are
things that are not harmful to the environment, such as organic
fertilizer, reusable energy and non pollutant factories. The
retiree officers attended meetings in October and we discussed
reasons to Build America, Buy American and union made products.
We all had a
very enjoyable time exchanging views and ideas with our active
UAW brothers and sisters.
At the October Retiree meeting, Chairman Ted Fleming
spoke about UAW retiree chapters
closing across Ohio and Indiana. The reason for these closing is
the lack of participation from the membership in most cases.
President Keith Boecker reported that the Defiance Area UAW CAP
meetings are always held the second Tuesday of every month.
Refreshments are served at 5:00 p.m. and the meeting begins at
5:30. Everyone should attend these very important meetings.
Keith Boecker also informed us that the UAW Park will be
closing on October 27th for the winter months. He also reminded
the membership that the local will only be printing and mailing
out the newspaper every other month.
Keith spoke about the layoffs at the GM Plant and
informed us that there are 731 active workers at this time.
On October 19th there will be a Right to Work meeting at
the UAW Hall at 5:00 P.M. If you are interested in attending
please contact Lisa at the UAW hall to RSVP.
Sara Laws spoke on Issue 2 we will be voting onin
November. The UAW is staying neutral on this issue.
Chairman Fleming also spoke on issue 2. He addressed his
concerns of staying out of the fight. He believes that a NO vote
assures that nothing will change and drug pricing will continue
to increase. So please do your homework and vote your
Our Kitchen help for the October meetings was Bonnie
Shock, Bob and Linda Wagner and Paul Kruse. Thank you for your
We would also like to thank the Defiance County nurses
that come to our meetings every month and give blood pressure
checks to our members.
The next retiree meeting will be held on Thursday,
November 2nd. We hope to see everyone attend. In closing, I want
to remind everyone the notice about the Retiree Christmas dinner
will only appear in this month’s paper, so if you plan on attending,
guard this copy of the newsletter.
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
Benjamin White – Retired 6/01
Paul McMillen – Retired 7/90
Richard Grimes – Retired 7/02
James Molnar – Retired 6/97
Frank Rovison – Retired 4/89
Simon Mendoza – Retired 1/95
Laurie Lucas – Retired 4/94
Kenneth Poineau – Retired 5/06
Robert Brinkman – Retired 6/90
William Wieland Jr. – Retired 7/06
Paul Copsey – Retired 9/74
Clemente Fuentes – Retired 1/06