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      President’s Report
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      Care Packages for our Troops
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      Photos of Florida Reunion
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      How the Health Care Overhaul
      Could Affect You                                                             For, By and Of the Membership of UAW Local 898
    Volume 40, No. 1                                                            UAW Local 898   www.uawlocal898.org             May-June 2010



                    Union
         Happenings
   Regular Membership                                   Exciting
                                               Electrification
   Meetings
   The Regular Membership
   Meetings will be on
   Sunday, June 13, 2010 and


                                               Announcement for
   August 15, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.
   Retiree Meeting
                                                                                                           Leadership of the UAW, Ford
   The July and August retiree                                                                             and the community join with the

                                               Rawsonville!
   meetings have been cancelled.
                                                                                                           Rawsonville workers to welcome
   Up north Luncheon
   Summer luncheon will be held                                                                            hybrid battery pack jobs to the
   August 11, 2010.                                                                                        Rawsonville Plant on May 24.
   11:00 a.m. Chit Chat
   12:00 p.m. Lunch
   Rock and Roll Steak House
   (formerly Carvers) on M-55 in
   West Branch. Exit 215 and go
   about 1/4 mile.
   Ray Overall (989) 345-3167
   Or email him at roverall@
   ejourney.com                                                                                                            Se
   Winter Luncheon is scheduled for                                                                                      mo e pa
                                                                                                                           re     g
   Dec. 8, 2010                                                                                                               inf e 3 f
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                                                                                                                                    atio
       UAW PROPERTY - ILLEGAL TO DUPLICATE                                                                                               n
U.S. Postage PAID
  Permit No. 898
   Ypsilanti, MI
    Non-Profit




                                             President Donnie Enersen proudly joins
                                             UAW Region 1A Director Rory Gamble (left)
                                             as Plant Manager Mel Royster announces
                                             new jobs for Rawsonville. Congressman
                                             John Dingell (right) shares in the excitement.

                                                                Governor Jennifer Granholm
                                                                     with Rawsonville Plant
                                                                      Manager Mel Royster
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Dear Active and Retired Brothers and Sisters of Local 898...                                                                                                                                 You Didn’t get
                                                      I want to respectfully thank you for electing me to the posi-
                                                   tion of Trustee in the last special election. I am honored to have
                                                                                                                                                                                             Mad When...
                                                   the privilege of serving you, the membership, in this capacity                                                                            Submitted by retiree
                                                   on the Executive Board.                                                                                                                   John O’Dell
                                                      Thank you to everyone who came out and for your support.                                                                                 We had eight years of Bush
                                                   I promise to work as hard as I can for you and help be the                                                                                and Cheney, now you get mad!
                                                   voice of the membership.                                                                                                                  You didn’t get mad when the
                                                                                      In Solidarity, David Hendershot                                                                          Supreme Court stopped a
                                                                                                                                                                                               legal recount and appointed a President.
                                                                                                                                                                                             You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed
                                                                                                                                                                                               energy company officials to dictate energy
                                                                                                                                                                                               policy.
 Mike Sainato, UAW Benefit Rep.




                                                                                                                                                                                             You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA
                                                                                                                                                                                               operative got outed.
                                                                                                                                                                                             You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got
                                                                                                                                                                                               passed.
                                                                                                                                                                                             You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a
                                                                                                                                                                                               country that posed no threat to us.
                                                                                                                                                                                             You didn’t get mad when we spent over $600
                                                                                                                                                                                               billion (and counting) on said illegal war.
                                                                                                                                                                                             You didn’t get mad when over $10 billion just
                                                                                                                                                                                               disappeared in Iraq.
                                                                                                                                                                                             You didn’t get mad when you found out we
                                                                                                                                                                                               were torturing people.
                                                           President Donnie Enersen (right) swears in our new Trustees,                                                                      You didn’t get mad when the government was
                                                                      David Hendershot and Detra Pittman.                                                                                      illegally wiretapping Americans.
                                                                                                                                                                                             You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch bin
                                                                             Photo by Angie Hendershot                                                                                         Laden.
                                                                                                                                                                                             You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible
                                                                                                                                                                                               conditions at Walter Reed.
                                                  For, By and Of the    Sergeant-At-Arms, Lawerence Moore                         Credit Union ............................. 434-4130        You didn’t get mad when we let a major U.S.
                                                   Membership of
                                                   UAW Local 898               Guide, John Rosolowski                             Medical ...................................... 484-8555      city drown.
                                  Ford Rawsonville Plant                Retiree Representative, Chester Wojie                     Hourly Records ........................ 484-8266           You didn’t get mad when we gave a $900 billion
                                                                                                                                  NESC..................................800-248-4444
Serving all UAW 898 members at the Ford                                          Plant Chairman                                                                                                tax break to the rich.
                                                                                                                                  Retiree
Rawsonville Plant, the RAW FACTS is the                                Joel Goddard ............................ 484-9003           Service Center ...............800-426-4610               You didn’t get mad when, using reconciliation,
official publication of Local 898, UAW.
                                                                                    Production                                    Security ...................................... 484-8626     a trillion dollars of our tax dollars were
Send address changes to RAW FACTS,
                                                                             Bargaining Committee                                 Attendance                                                   redirected to insurance companies for
8975 Textile, Ypsilanti, MI 48197-7067
Published and printed at Rockman & Sons                                Doug Woolard .......................... 484-8884             Call-in ..........................1-866-786 1287           Medicare Advantage, which cost over 20
Publishing, Fenton, MI                                                 Ron Overall............................... 484-8601        Unicare ...............................800-843-8184          percent more for basically the same services
                                                                                                                                  Blue Cross/                                                  that Medicare provides.
                                                  Skilled Trades Bargaining
                  Policy for Publication                                                                                            Blue Shield .....................800-482-5146
   The Publication Committee and Screening
                                             John McCollum ........................ 484-8775                                                                                                 You didn’t get mad when the deficit hit the
                                                                                                                                  Retirement Board .............800-829-8833
Committee reserve the right to edit, limit          Production Committee                                                          A & Z-Plan ........................800-348-7709
                                                                                                                                                                                               trillion dollar mark and our debt hit the
in size and scope all articles submitted.                                                                                                                                                      thirteen trillion dollar mark.
                                             Brian Koehler ........................... 484-8566                                   Labor Relations ........................ 484-8950
   No articles will be accepted which tend
to ridicule or hold up to contempt any Local Marcus D. Mathews ................. 484-8905                                         Payroll/                                                   You finally got mad when the government
Union Officer, Member or policy of this Local
                                                                              Alternate Committee                                   Time Keeping ....................... 484-8613              decided that people in America deserved
Union 898. All articles accepted for publication                                                                                  TESPHE ............................800-544-3333              the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes,
become the property of Local 898.
                                                                       Fran Hawkins............................ 484-9021
   Opinions expressed herein are the opinions                                                                                      Committeepersons Assignments                                illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing
                                                                                  In-Plant Representatives
of the writers and not necessarily the opinions
                                                                       P. Alfieri, Standards/Jobs                                     Bargaining Representatives                               your tax dollars to make the rich richer, etc.
of the Publication Committee of Local 898.                                                                                        Douglas Woolard - Area-A, Area-D                             are all okay with you, but helping other
                                                                           Security .................................. 484-9301
         Next RegulaR                                                  T. Moreno,                                                 Ron Overall - Area-B                                         Americans... oh, hell no.
      MeMbeRship MeetiNgs:                                                 Health & Safety .................... 487-6087          John McCollum - Skilled Trades


                                                                                                                                                                                                   VISIT
                                                                       S. Tyson, Health & Safety ........ 484-8115                  (Plant-wide)
        JUNE 13 ANd AUGUST 15
                                                                       M. Sainato, Benefits ................. 484-9252
                                                                                                                                         Production Committee
  U.A.W. loCAl 898 ElECTED and                                         ......................................... 1-800-841-0126
                                                                                                                                  #2 Shift Brian Koehler 7:00 a.m.
  APPoInTED REPRESEnTATIvES                                            L. Hamlett, E.S.S.P. .................. 484-9522
     Executive Board Members                                           D. Heath, E.S.S.P. ..................... 484-9578
                                                                                                                                           Plant-wide
                                                                                                                                  #3 Shift Marcus Mathews 3:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                               LOCAL
       at Local 898 Union Hall
      1-800-521-7152 or 482-8320
                                                                       B. Holloway,
                                                                           Quality Liaison ..................... 487-6284
                                                                                                                                           Plant-wide                                          898’s
      uawlocal898@comcast.net                                          M. Copeland, Employee                                                    Skilled Trades                                 WEBSITE
       President, Don Enersen                                              Resource Coordinator ......... 484-8340                            Committee Alternate                               For up-to-date news
   Vice President, Kisha Shropshire                                                                                                              Frank Harker
  Recording Secretary, Carolyn S. Clay
                                                                              For Your Information                                                                                              and information, visit
                                                                       Anthony Meadows,                                                         Raw Facts Staff
Financial Secretary/Treasurer, Rick Roe
   Trustee/Chair, Angie Hendershot
                                                                        Chaplaincy Chair ...........734-972-2834                  Editor .................................. Anne Drake
                                                                                                                                                                                               www.uawlocal898.org
        Trustee, Detra Pittman                                         UAW-Ford                                                   Photographer ........................... Rick Roe                 nEW E-MAIl ADDRESS:
      Trustee, David Hendershot                                         Legal Service ....................800-572-1383            Reporter ......................... Trish Shephard            uawlocal898@comcast.net
  RAW FACTS • UAW LOCAL 898                                                                                                             MAY-JUNE 010 • PAGE 3




Thank God!!!
By Donnie Enersen, President            day for UAW Local 898 and the Raw-
   As many of you know, we had a        sonville plant.
HUGE media event at our plant on            I was given the op-
May 24, 2010, announcing the new        portunity to say a few
                     Hybrid Battery     words and give the
                     Project coming     greetings along with
                     to Rawsonville.    our new Plant Man-
                     We were graced     ager, Mel Royster. After                                      Bob King, UAW Ford Department vP (and candidate for UAW
                     with the pres-     the event was over, I sat                                     President) talks to Rawsonville workers.
                     ence of Con-       and reflected on how
                     gressman John      the course of events                                             UAW Local 898 our web-site for more details on these
                     Dingell, Gover-    had gone. I wondered                                          has been very busy and more upcoming events. Cedar
                                                                    A happy day for Congressman as of late. We had           Point tickets are also now available
nor Jennifer Granholm, UAW Vice-        if I had remembered to John Dingell as his district
President Bob King, UAW Region 1A       thank everyone who gets more high-tech jobs.                  a Special Election at our Local as well for the weeks of
Director Rory Gamble, Ford’s Mark       should have been rec-                                         for Trustees and July 5th & 12th. It feels really good to
Fields and Wayne County Executive       ognized…then it dawned on me…I ConCon Delegates. We participated be moving forward with great things
Bob Ficano. Our Ypsilanti Township      forgot to give thanks to the ONE that in National Ford Council. We orga- ahead to see and experience.
officials were there, led by Brenda     really made all this possible. I forgot nized a massive community feeding               I need to keep it short this time,
Stumbo. We also hosted numerous         to recognize God for answering our at the Ypsi Salvation Army with Bro. but I’d like to say that I love you all
state officials and upper Ford man-     prayers…ugh…How could I have Meadows and our most generous and am still very humbled to be able
agement. We had UAW 898 members         been so selfish? Don’t get me wrong, volunteers and donors. We have to serve and represent UAW Local
who are now UAW International           all the people that I thanked were ex- been organizing a community yard 898. Thank You!...and never forget
staff members like AA Dave Curson,      tremely instrumental in making our sale, Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, “LOVE LIFE, LIBERTY, AND FAM-
Asst. Dir. Frank Keatts, Rocky DiI-     plant a “Center of Excellence.” But I Veterans’ golf outing and a multi- ILY…AND IF YOU LOVE YOUR
acovo, Darryl Goodwin, Floyd Ford       truly believe that it was more than local motorcycle poker run. Check FREEDOM…THANK A VET!!!”
and Juanita Quann, along with other     that. So I must take this rare occasion
friends from the International UAW
and surrounding Locals. I couldn’t
                                        for a “do-over” and “Thank God” for
                                        the wonderful blessing of having His
                                                                                   898 CALENDAR of EVENTS
even begin to count all the media       hands on all the people who made             JUNE 5TH – VETERANS GOLF                JULY 5TH – 11TH & JULY 12TH -18TH
folks that were there. It was a grand   this possible. Sorry Lord.                   Stonebridge Golf Club                   CEDAR POINT TICKETS
                                                                                     1825 Clubhouse Dr., Ann Arbor, MI        Price $23 Adults, $18 Child
                                                                                     2:00 p.m. shotgun start                  Available June 1st – July 1st
                                                                                     $300 / Team, captain must sign up with   M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Union Hall
                                                                                     $75 deposit
                                                                                                                              AUGUST 3RD – PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
                                                                                     Call 734-482-8320
                                                                                                                              AUGUST 14TH – MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN
                                                                                     JUNE 12TH – COMMUNTITY YARD SALE
                                                                                                                              (Rain date August 21st)
                                                                                     9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Indoors if Rain)
                                                                                                                              (Call Local for details, 734-482-8320)
                                                                                     UAW Local 898 parking lot
                                                                                     Rental space available $15               AUGUST 26 -29 – TEXAS HOLD EM TOURNEY
                                                                                     Call 734-482-8320                        (Call Local for details, 734-482-8320)
                                                                                     JULY 5TH – 11TH & JULY 12TH – 18TH       SEPTEMBER 6TH – LABOR DAY PARADE
                                                                                     PLANT & UNION HALL                       (Join 898 members in this event)
                                                                                     VACATION SHUTDOWN                        Call for details (734-482-8320)
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Remembering Walter Reuther
                                           Detroit auto industry. His rise was ter Reuther? He’s the white Martin              May and three others were gone.
                                           interrupted when he was fired by Luther King.”                                         Walter Reuther ’s legacy is with
                                           Ford for organizing efforts and when          Reuther was a tireless champion of    us today in the day-to-day lives of
                                           he traveled to Europe and Russia the worker, the poor, sick or old, the             people enjoying greater social and
                                           with his brother Victor. He returned downtrodden and the oppressed. He              economic justice. But that legacy is
                                           to Detroit in 1935 and began organiz- was a friend to many, but his fight           threatened with downsizing, job
                                           ing workers for what was the small against social and economic injus-               losses and plant closings decimat-
                                           and struggling United Auto Workers tice and the corporate, conservative             ing communities, as multinationals
                                           union. Successful sit-down strikes         machines of the times created many       detach themselves from national
                                           brought union recognition to GM            enemies, as it always has. He survived   allegiance and community to pur-
                                           and Chrysler.                              two assassination attempts; his broth-   sue greater profits. The corporate,
                                              In organizing efforts at Ford’s er Victor lost an eye in the first, and          conservative machine continues its
                                           Rouge Plant in 1937, he paid a             Walter’s right arm was shattered by a    campaign of misinformation to con-
                                           heavy price, severely beaten by Ford shotgun blast in the other. Little effort      vince people this is the right path to
                                           thugs in the Battle of the Overpass. went into investigating the crimes,            take. Many people, even those enjoy-
                                           Bloodied, broken but undeterred,           even though FBI Director J. Edgar        ing the benefits of Reuther’s efforts,
                                           Reuther pressed on. The UAW was Hoover was obsessed with Reuther                    consider unions and government, not
By dave Boucher, UAW Local 833             finally recognized as representing         as the agency tracked him incessantly.   corporations, the creators of job and


M
           ay 9th marked the 40th anni-    Ford workers, which created benefits Years later in 1968, Robert Kennedy            community destruction.
           versary of Walter Reuther’s     and respect in their workplace.            and Dr. King, the other members of          Membership in the UAW is at its
           death. Killed in the fiery         On the cusp of WWII in 1940, the “progressive triumvirate” were                  lowest point since the 1930s, and the
crash of a leased, two-engine Lear jet     Reuther conferred with President murdered. Reuther’s stand against                  UAW is faced with difficult decisions
that also claimed his wife May and         Roosevelt and later served on nu- the war and U.S. foreign policy was               to contain costs and expand member-
three others in northern Michigan,         merous wartime boards once U.S. seen as a threat, earning him top place             ship. It is the cruelest irony that the
the tragedy extinguished the flame         involvement in the war began. In his on Nixon’s enemy list.                         Family Education Center which bears
of labor’s most influential leader and     famous 500 Planes Speech, he lobbied          Education was paramount to            the Reuther name and cost him his
visionary of the 20th century. Workers     against corporate resistance to his        Reuther as a means of empower-           life is now up for sale.
across America and the world lost a        plan to convert auto plants to wartime     ing workers and the poor, perhaps           “Hope,” St. Augustine wrote, “has
champion of social and economic            production. After the attack on Pearl because he had to quit school at age          two beautiful daughters. They are
justice unparalleled.                      Harbor, the plants began producing 16 after his father’s death, or per-             anger and courage. Anger at the
   I read the coverage in the next day’s   500 airplanes a day.                       haps because so many in his home         way things are, and the courage to
newspaper as a new year continued              Reuther was elected president of state of West Virginia were poor. His          see they do not remain the way they
as troubled and tumultuous as any in,      the UAW in 1946 and began pressing dream of a leadership and family                 are.” Walter Reuther must have been
what was then, the Sixties era. Days       for job security, health care benefits, education center for workers began          the unnamed son, declaring in 1968,
earlier, four students were gunned         workplace safety and pensions. He with construction in 1967. The Walter             “You can’t opt out of life. You’ve got to
down at Kent State University, and         advocated for universal health care and May Reuther Family Education                make up your mind whether you’re
the nation was becoming increasingly       and increased environmental protec- Center, a 960-acre complex on the               willing to accept things as they are,
polarized over Nixon’s escalation of       tions. While unable to secure these shores of Black Lake in northern                or whether you’re willing to try to
the Vietnam War as casualties and op-      advancements for workers outside           Michigan, was near completion in         change them.”
position mounted. Even the staid Uni-      the UAW, his successes for UAW mem- 1970. Featuring Frank Lloyd Wright-                In observance of his death on May
versity of Wisconsin-Whitewater was        bers still raised the standard of living inspired classrooms and a lodge and        9 and beyond, we would do well to
agitated after a short-lived takeover of   for all workers in the country and conference center built in the forest,           take up his challenge. As Nelson Li-
the student union to support English       laid the foundation for the creation Reuther’s drive from Detroit to see            chtenstein said in his book The Most
department faculty “dissidents” who        of a middle class standard of living the new facility was planned with              Dangerous Man in Detroit, “Labor
were being purged. Conflict was ev-        for average Americans, including a May and architect Oscar Stonorov.                needs to once again organize and
erywhere.                                  raise in Social Security benefits. “The But the trip was later changed to a         educate the lower-working class and
   But for many of us like me who had      rest of the world will judge us not by charter flight. At 9:33 p.m. on May 9,       immigrants at the bottom of the wage
joined what now is the UFCW (Unit-         what we have,” he said, “but by how the plane clipped treetops after being          scale, and help those groups develop
ed Food and Commercial Workers),           we use it.”                                cleared for landing at Emmet County      a sense of political and economic
Reuther’s loss created a huge vacuum          Trade unions have a mixed record Airport in Pellston, Mich. The plane            citizenship.”
in a labor movement he evolved into        on civil rights, but not Reuther, who came down burning, crashing over                 People and the labor movement
a progressive, social movement now         worked closely with Martin Luther a mile southwest of the airport and               need to confront, not compromise
at a crossroad after a two-year break      King Jr. to help organize marches in exploding. Walter Reuther, his wife            with, leaders of both political par-
with the AFL-CIO.                          Selma, Ala., Detroit,                                                               ties; compromising is their job. We
   Reuther ’s brilliance was seeing        Mich., and Washing-                                                                 have little to lose by challenging the
unionism not confined to improving         ton, D.C. At the 1963                                                               elite and those that have and want
workers’ lives, but as a movement          march on Washing-                                                                   everything at the expense of a decent,
to uplift the entire community and         ton, Reuther was one                                                                middle-class life for workers. A union
change society. “What good is a dol-       of the few non-African                                                              of the people or of the corporations?
lar-an-hour more in wages if your          Americans invited to                                                                The choice is ours.
neighborhood is burning down?”             speak. When intro-                                                                     Labor is down, but not necessarily
he reflected. “What good is another        duced at the lectern,                                                               out. Again, the choice is ours.
week’s vacation if the lake you used to    an elderly woman                                                                       Eugene Debs, an early 20th century
go to...is polluted, and you can’t swim    was overheard asking                                                                activist jailed for “subversive” actions,
in it and the kids can’t play in it?”      her friend, “Who is        Martin luther King, Jr. and Walter Reuther worked        had a prescription for action. While
   Walter Reuther rose through the         Walter Reuther?” The           closely to help organize marches in Selma,           led to his cell he yelled, “Organize!
ranks as a tool-and-die maker in the       friend replied, “Wal-       Alabama, Detroit, Michigan and Washington, DC.          Educate! Agitate!”
  RAW FACTS • UAW LOCAL 898                                                                                                          MAY-JUNE 010 • PAGE 5



Care Packages For Our Troops
By John Kinzinger
                                                                                                                                     do the shopping. Then he and
Our VVA Chapter 310,                                                                                                                 Lois and the children take it all
I consider, has had a                                                                                                                to the VFW Post. There they
                                                                                                                                     begin the task of organizing
very successful seven                                                                                                                things in categories. They bag
plus year program to                                                                                                                 the peanuts and loose candy
                                                                                                                                     and such. During the packing,
send Care Packages                                                                                                                   George is working the floor
to our troops serving in                                                                                                             making sure things are flow-
                                                                                                                                     ing well. The grandchildren
Iraq and Afghanistan.                                                                                                                are helping pack, then they
I would wager there                                                                                                                  load the packages into Pete
                                                                                                                                     Belaire’s van. The next day
are few organizations                                                                                                                Pete and George take them to
across our nation who                                                                                                                the post office and they are on
have had such a long-                                                                                                                their way. Thank you George
                                                                                                                                     Perrault family for all you do
standing effort.                                                                                                                     for our troops.
   There seems to be several                                                                                                           Then the next day, folks who
reasons for our success. The                                                                                                         missed the packing party and
primary reason is that we Veterans        supporters who also believe in what       not even Veterans or attend our           those who did make it begin asking
have been there at the receiving end.     we are doing for our troops. We can-      meetings. They are concerned and          me when the next packing will be.
Even though it was decades ago, we        not thank them all enough. And we         appreciative local folks who want         These are great folks. I love you all.
remember how important it was to          hold that every dollar donated goes       to help our troops this way. We have      What a most wonderful group of
receive a care package and the mo-        toward sending the packages.              many family members of those over-        giving people. And they are experi-
rale boost that went with it. We have        When we first began, I was VVA         seas who join us each time, too. It is    enced, too. At our last packing, we
much passion for this work.               310 President. I made a personal          great to have them with us.               had 46 packages completely done in
   To date, VVA 310 has mailed, ac-       pledge that we would continue to             It would be impossible to thank        about 35 minutes. This is a well oiled
cording to my count, 2,062 packages.      mail Care Packages until all our main     everyone by name, but there is one        machine. We do good.
The postage cost alone is estimated       force units had returned home. Here       family that I wish to point out as           So, depending on the VFW calen-
at $35,000, about $17 each. The value     is it over seven years later. Who         critical to this operation, and that is   dar openings, our next packing will
of the regular contents of the pack-      would have thought it would be            the George Perrault family. It begins     be about May 30th, or June 6th. You
ages would be $80,000 to $90,000.         this long. We will be doing this for a    with George calling me asking me          will be notified.
   On top of that, for the past 4 or so   while, too, as it seems.                  how many cart-fulls he should buy            If you cannot make the pack-
years we have mailed Harley-David-           I just happen to be the Chairman       at Sam’s Club, which is usually based     ings, but would like to make a tax
son shirts (about 4,500                                   of this effort. We have   on the volume of items already do-        deductible donation to help with
different ones) and ac-                                   so many people who        nated that are in our foyer. Then usu-    postage costs, you can make it out
cessories that would be                                   help out. Many are        ally George and his grandchildren         to VVA 310 – “Support Our Troops”
valued at over $100,000.                                                                                                                  and mail it to VVA 310,
These are at the top of                                                                                                                    Support Our Troops,
the list of what the troops                                                                                                                   .O.
                                                                                                                                             P Box 3221, Ann Ar-
like most in what we                                                                                                                          bor, MI 48106. That
send them.                                                                                                                                     would be a great
   We really began con-                                                                                                                         help.
necting with folks and funding this
effort at the six or so “Support The
Troops” rallies VVA 310 put on all
around our county right after our
troops entered Iraq. From there we
have had fundraisers at the Side-
track in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town and
received donations from many indi-
viduals and organizations. Our most
recent donation of $50 came from a
group of Pioneer High School stu-
dents who did a fund raiser through
their “Support The Troops” club.
They came to our packing party with
bags of items to put in the Care Pack-
ages, too. We have many wonderful

 VVA Chapter 310’s “Support Our Troops,” P.O. Box 3221, Ann Arbor, MI 48106
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                                                                                                                                                       Rawsonville Retirees 17TH ANNUAL



                                                                       Shirley with Ray Overall
                                                                                                                                                       FLORIDA REUNION
                                                                                                                                                           Retirees of Ford Rawsonville gathered at the
                                                                                                                                                       Golden Corral in Lakeland, Florida for our 17th
                                                                                                                                                       annual reunion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   for the first time; two days later they were involved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in a horrendous motorcycle accident. They were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   broadsided by a pickup truck and Greg lost his left
                                                                                                                                                           It’s always a bit nerve rattling as we anticipate the   leg. After a yearlong battle, Greg is now riding his
                                                                                                                                                       arrival of our Rawsonville guests. We want everything       motorcycle, and continuing on in life, a huge smile on
                                                                                                                                                       to be ready. I check with the restaurant staff for last     his face (and Beverly’s), thankful to God for sparing
                                                                                                                                                       minute details, when to open the door, when to take         his life, and walking perfectly with his patriotic stars
                                                                                                                                                       drink orders, and the number of tables to be released       and stripes prosthetic leg. God Bless you both.
                                                                                                                                                       for dining. John puts up FORD REUNION signs and                We always all look forward to seeing the Zeoli
                                                                                                                                                       visits with friends while waiting for the restaurant        family, Bonnie ambulating with her walker, forever
                                                                                                                                                       to open. I glance out the door to see the long line of      pleasant, excited to be attending the reunion. Tony,
                                                                                                                                                       retirees anticipating the excitement of sharing a fun-      faithfully assisting his lovely wife of many years, helps
                                                                                                                                                       filled day with fellow Rawsonville friends, friendships     her to their seats. Tony will be celebrating his 95th
      Sue & Roy Adkins, Franklin Adkins and Whetsel Mullins            Jack & Jan Schubert                 Jean McIntire & Greg Fuchs                  that span four decades.                                     birthday this coming September. He is healthy and
                                                                                                                                                           One hundred pre-paid guests burst through the           continues his quest and love for golf at least three days
                                                                                                                                                       door, filling the room with warm greetings, big hugs        a week. Congratulations! Tony & Bonnie for another
                                                                                                                                                       and sharing news of the past year.                          year. Their son, Jim, from Montana, flies to Florida
                                                                                                                                                           New to our reunion this year was Bob Breslin            each year to attend the reunion with his parents. Jim,
                                                                                                                                                       (supervisor) and his lovely wife Jane (Bob &                also a retiree from Rawsonville, is an avid car collector
                                                                                                                                                       Jane Breslin are celebrating their 50th Wedding             (Ford Mustangs) and volunteer firefighter throughout
                                                                                                                                                       Anniversary in March); Bob Risch, supervisor; Ron           his community and other states. Thank you, Jim.
                                                                                                                                                       Halvin, chug chugging down the main isle, driving              To all our friends of Rawsonville who could not
                                                                                                                                                       the tractor train; Franklin Adkins; Tom Robertson,          attend the Reunion this year, YOU were missed. We
                                                                                                                                                       setup in alternator; Ron Ramey, electrician and proud       hope that those who were ill recover soon; to those
                                                        John Cahow & Carl Wheeler                                                                      owner of Poppy’s Music House, in Lewiston, MI               who lost a loved one, peace and comfort will come to
                                                                                                                                                       (Ron also plays guitar in a band); and Carl Wheeler,        you. To those with family responsibilities, we pray
                                                                                                                                                       main shop leader, known for his skill in organizing         God will provide strength and courage to overcome in
                                                                                                                                                       golf tournaments. Also new this year, Bob and Ginny         your time of need.
                                                                                                                                                       Millspaugh, and Mac and Jean McIntyre. We welcome              Rawsonville Retirees – mark your calendar for
                                                                                                                                                       you all and look forward to your return in 2011.            February 2011 and come to Florida and see your
                                                                                                                                                           Happy, joyous, grateful are just a few of the           fellow friends. Everyone is welcome! For information
                                                                                                                                                       emotions that all of us felt when Greg and Beverly          regarding the Reunion, call 941-473-0349.
                                                                                                                                                       Fuchs entered the room. Last February, Greg and                Thank you for supporting our efforts.
                                                                                                                                                       Beverly attended the Rawsonville/Ford Reunion                  See you next year. Love, Shirley & John Cahow
                                                                                      Golden Corral – Retirees headed to lunch
      Bob & Jane Breslin and Bob Risch                  Paul & Maxine Cox




     Linda Thilo, Jean Tindall, Norma Jean Dunn and
     Shirley Cahow                                     Wayne Marecle, Ton Robertson and Ron Ramey         Lionel Kroeger and Bob & Ginny Millspaugh             The Zeoli Family – Tony, Jim and Bonnie                              Shirley Cahow, Jean Tindall & John Cahow



Photos provided by: Shirley Cahow & Norma Jean Dunn
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Farewell
                                                                          ... from our 898 Retirees
                                                                                                          Tavis Mears
                                                                                                          Machine Setup
                                                                                                          Seniority: 3/74 - 3/10
                                                                                                          Plants: Michigan Casting,
                                                                                                          Saline & Rawsonville
                                                                                                          “It’s been fun, will miss
                                                                                                          some people.”
                                      John Kwiatkowski
                                                                                                          Photo: Tavis, Mathew &
                                      Hilo Driver
                                                                                                          Deniece
                                      Seniority 10/73 - 3/10
                                      Plants: Ypsilanti and Rawsonville
                                                                                                   
                                      “I thank Ford for the wonderful
                                      36.4 years. God Bless all those
                                                                             Haskel Endicott
                                                                                                M/S
                                      who I leave behind.”
                                                                              Seniority: 3/65 - 3/10
                                                                              Plants: Ypsilanti and
                                      Photo: John & Charlyn
                                                                                       Rawsonville
                                                                                   “It’s been great.
                                                                               Twenty-seven years
                                                                               perfect attendance.”
                                                                            Photo: Haskel & Linda




                                                                                   foRd RawSonviLLe
                                                                                   LadieS ReTiRee
                                                                                   LunCheon
                                                                                    Thursday, June 10, 2010
                                                                                    12:00 p.m.
                                                                                    Lonestar at
                                                                                    Rawsonville Road
                                                                                    ConTaCT:
                                                                                    Beulah Crow at
                                                                                    734 941-2318
                                                                                    or Myrtle Sihon at
                                                                                    734 483-1408
  The photo above shows Ernestine Hixon’s two grandsons at the new
  York Auto Show, April 2, 2010. Their names are Kodi and Dyllon Hixon
                         and they live in Harlem.
RAW FACTS • UAW LOCAL 898                                                                                                                MAY-JUNE 010 • PAGE 9



How the Health Care Overhaul Could Affect You
Some of the major                                          but can still deny adults with medical problems           pre-existing health problems. Annual out-of-
                                                           until 2014.                                               pocket medical costs will be capped at $5,950
ways the overhaul                                        • Insurers will have to pay a 40 percent excise             for individuals and $11,900 for families.
                                                           tax on high-value group plans – those in which
will affect those who                                      premiums for families are $27,500 or more, for          6. If you are uninsured, you can get
                                                           instance – starting in 2018. Experts say the tax will      coverage through Medicaid Top
currently have health                                      likely be passed on to employees through higher
                                                           premiums or lower benefits and wages.
                                                                                                                   You can obtain coverage through Medicaid
                                                                                                                     Starting in 2014, anyone with an income below
insurance and those                                      • Starting in 2013, flexible spending accounts,
                                                           which allow users to escape taxes on many
                                                                                                                     133 percent of the poverty level — or about
                                                                                                                     $29,327 in 2009 for a family of four — will be
who do not...                                              medical expenses now, will be limited. There will
                                                           be a $2,500 maximum on accounts that typically
                                                                                                                     eligible for a rejuvenated Medicaid program.
                                                                                                                     Medicaid’s often anemic reimbursements will
                                                           carry $4,000 or $5,000 limits now, and you will no        be increased to the same level as Medicare,
 By FARHANA HOSSSAIN and KEVIN                             longer be able to use the accounts for over-the-
 QUEALY                                                                                                              making more doctors willing to accept it.
                                                           counter medicines.
 Published: March 21, 2010, the new york times           • High-income earners – families making more
                                                           than $250,000 – would pay several thousand              7. If you are uninsured, you can get
 1. If you are insured and pay on                          dollars more in Medicare payroll taxes starting            coverage from exchanges
    your own                                               in 2013. Their unearned income, now exempt              If your employer does not cover you, and you
 You can keep your current plan – or – you can buy         from the payroll tax, would also be subject to a        make too much to qualify for Medicaid, you can
 coverage through new state-run insurance mar-             3.8 percent levy.                                       buy from private insurers through exchanges
 ketplaces, called “exchanges,” starting in 2014.                                                                  starting in 2014.
                                                         3. If you are insured and receive                         • Coverage for those making up to four times the
 If you keep your current plan                              coverage from Medicare                                   poverty threshold — $88,200 for a family of four
 • Within six months, the plans will have to stop        You will pay less for preventive care and prescription      in 2009 — will get subsidies on a sliding scale.
    some practices, like setting lifetime limits on      drugs. Your benefits might change if you are insured        That means you will pay somewhere between
    coverage and canceling policy holders who get                                                                    3 percent and 9.5 percent of your income for
                                                         through a private Medicare Advantage plan.
    sick. They will also have to allow children to                                                                   insurance, and the government will cover the
                                                         Preventive care
    stay on their parents’ policies until they turn 26                                                               rest.
                                                           Medicare will pay for an annual checkup. And
    and cover children with pre-existing conditions,                                                               • Health plans will cover at least 60 percent of
                                                           deductibles and co-payments for many preventive
    but can still deny adults with medical problems                                                                  medical costs. Insurers will also have to offer
                                                           services and screenings will be eliminated.
    until 2014.                                                                                                      more tiers that cover up to 90 percent of costs
                                                         Prescription drug coverage
 • Premiums for individual policies will be 10 to                                                                    for additional premiums.
                                                           The gap in coverage of prescription drugs, known
    13 percent higher by 2016 than the average                                                                     • Premiums of older people can be no more than
                                                           as the “doughnut hole,” will be gradually filled by
    premium that year under current law, according                                                                   three times as expensive as those of younger
                                                           2020. This year, consumers who hit the doughnut
    to Congressional estimates. But most people                                                                      people.
                                                           hole will receive a $250 rebate. Subsidies would
    would qualify for subsidies, meaning they might                                                                • There will also be limits on overhead and profit.
                                                           be reduced for individuals making more than
    pay less than they do now.                                                                                       Insurers will be required to spend between 80
                                                           $85,000 or couples making more than $170,000.
 • High-income earners – families making more than                                                                   cents and 85 cents of every premium dollar on
                                                         Enrolled in Medicare Advantage
    $250,000 – will pay several thousand dollars more                                                                health care. They have been paying about 74
                                                           Subsidies for these plans run by insurance
    in Medicare payroll taxes starting in 2013. Their
                                                           companies under contract with the government              cents on average.
    unearned income, now exempt from the payroll
                                                           will be slashed substantially, leaving their 10         • Health plans on exchanges can offer abortion
    tax, would also be subject to a 3.8 percent levy.
                                                           million beneficiaries with the prospect of higher         coverage. But if they do, subscribers who get
 • Or you may be eligible for subsidized coverage
                                                           premiums or reduced benefits.                             federal subsidies will have to make separate
 • A family of four with an income less than about
                                                                                                                     premium payments for the coverage. States can
    $88,000 can get tax credits, on a sliding scale,
    to help them pay insurance premiums and              4. If you are insured and receive                           prohibit abortion coverage.
    deductibles.                                            coverage from Medicaid
 • Health plans on exchanges can offer abortion          You and your children can maintain eligibility and        8. If you do not buy insurance
    coverage. But if they do, subscribers who get        receive free preventive services.                         starting in 2014, most Americans will be required
    federal subsidies will have to make separate         Adults                                                    to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
    premium payments for the abortion coverage.            States cannot cut people from Medicaid until the        • The penalty will be phased in, starting at $95 or
    States can also ban this coverage.                     exchanges start operating in 2014, unless a state         1 percent of income in 2014, whichever is higher,
                                                           faces a budget shortfall. Many preventive services        and rising to $695 or 2.5 percent of income in
 2. If you are insured through your                        would be offered without cost.                            2016. But families would not pay more than
    employer                                             Children                                                    $2,085.
 You can keep your current plan – or – you can buy         States cannot cut children from Medicaid or the         • American Indians don’t have to buy insurance.
 coverage through new state-run insurance mar-             Children’s Health Insurance Program until 2019.           Those with religious objections or a financial
 ketplaces, called “exchanges,” starting in 2014.                                                                    hardship can also avoid the requirement. And
 If you keep your current plan                           5. If you are uninsured, you can get                        if you would pay more than 8 percent of your
 • Within six months, the plans will have to stop           coverage from a high-risk pool                           income for the cheapest available plan, you will
    some practices, like setting lifetime limits on      If you are refused coverage because of your health,         not be penalized for failing to buy coverage.
    coverage and canceling policy holders who get        you can get insurance from a new high-risk pool.          • Those who are exempt, or under 30, can buy a
    sick. They will also have to allow children to          The pool will be established within six months           policy that only pays for catastrophic medical
    stay on their parents’ policies through age 26          and will operate until 2014, when insurance              costs. It must allow for three primary care visits
    and cover children with pre-existing conditions,        companies can no longer refuse applicants with           a year as well.
 PAGE 10 • MAY-JUNE 010                                                                                                         RAW FACTS • UAW LOCAL 898



 obituaries                                                                   NEW
                                                                                                                                              For Your n
Member	                    Dept.	     Deceased	               Relationship
                                                                                                                                                      io
                                                                                                                                             Informat
Ken	Zeoli	                 Retiree	   Armondio	Zeoli	         Father
Tony	Zeoli	                Retiree	   Armondio	Zeoli	         Brother
James	Healey	              Retiree	   Altehena	Jackson	       Sister
Roy	Retan	                 Retiree	   Betty	Retan	            Spouse
Robert	Breazeale	          Retiree	   Marion	Breazeale	       Mother
Eric	Johnson	              7430	      Phillip	Modzelewski	    Grandfather
Janet	Dargo	               Retiree	   Phillip	Modzelewski	    Father                               Safe KidS
Jim	Dargo	                 Retiree	   Phillip	Modzelewski	    Father-in-law                           Properly-installed child safety seats reduce the risk
	                          Retiree	   Roy	Jewell                                                    of fatal injury by 71 percent in infants under a year old,
Jerald	Kroeger	            Retiree	   Margaretta	Kroeger	     Spouse                               and by 54 percent in toddlers (aged one to four).
Loretta	Lovejoy	           Retiree	   Kenneth	Lovejoy	Jr.	    Son                                                                                    Source: Safe Kids USA
Kenneth	Ring	              7432	      Violet	(Maxine)	Ring	   Mother
Kenneth	Ring	              7432	      Lowell	King	            Father                              inSurance MarKet failure
	                          Retiree	   Russell	Gunderson                                       An annual study of competition in the health insurance
	                          Retiree	   Beverly	Brown                                    market finds that it’s dwindling. In 24 of the 43 states studied, the
Otis	Jefferson	            Retiree	   Marvin	Jefferson	       Brother
Tom	Johnston	              Retiree	   Ellis	Johnston	         Father
                                                                              two biggest insurers covered more than 70 percent of the market. Last year,
James	Kendall	             Retiree	   Gladys	Kendall	         Mother          that was true in just 18 of 42 states studied.
                                                                                                                                     Source: American Medical Association
Aaron	Kendall	             5800	      Gladys	Kendall	         Grandmother
	                          Retiree	   Fred	Wood
	                          Retiree	   Gary	“Stony”	Burke	                     Majority/Minority
Bob	Holloway	              7120	      William	Holloway	       Brother           The U.S. population is steadily becoming more diverse: the younger the
Kim	Simon	                 7548	      Albert	Dietrich	        Father-in-law   age group, the larger the proportion of Latinos, African-Americans,
	                          Retiree	   Paul	Wamer                              Asians and other racial and ethnic minorities. The “minority”
Josh	Pearson	              7432	      Rose	Mary	Bowman	       Mother-in-law   share of the population aged 30 and over is 30 percent.
Charley	Burnette	          7432	      Helen	Burnette	         Grandmother     Among Americans aged 18-29, it’s 39 percent. For babies
Dick	Burnette	             Retiree	   Helen	Burnette	         Mother
                                                                              born in 2008, it’s 48 percent – and expected to surpass 50
	                          Retiree	   Leo	Weathers
Robert	Breazeale	          Retiree	   Helen	Hassen	           Mother-in-law   percent in the next few years.
                                                                                                                 Source: Current Population Survey
W.D.(Wild	Bill)	Smith			   Retiree	   Billy	J.	Smith	         Father
	                          Retiree	   Ed	McGlone
	                          Retiree	   Glenn	Hickey                            out of the WorKforce
Robert	Raciti	             7990	      Elizabeth	Raciti	       Mother            More than a third (37 percent) of young adults age 18-29
	                          Retiree	   Charles	E.	Collins                      are either unemployed or out of the workforce, the highest share for this age
Delbert	Tallman	           Retiree	   Lois	Tallman	           Spouse          group in more than 30 years.                         Source: Pew Research Center
Steve	Veres	Sr.	           Retiree	   Eva	Veres	              Spouse
Steve	Veres	Jr.	           4801	      Eva	Veres	              Mother
Rick	Cieslak	              Retiree	   Bruno	Cieslak	          Father                WorKing and Poor
Angela	Hendershot		        7410	      Bruno	Cieslak	          Grandfather              In 2008, about 8.9 million Americans were among the “working
David	Hendershot			        2803	      Bruno	Cieslak	          Grandfather             poor,” 1.4 million more than in 2007. (The working poor are defined
	                          Retiree	   James	Beaver                                    to include individuals who spent more than half the year in the labor
	                          Retiree	   Mildred	Buckner                             force – either working or looking for work – but earned too little to rise
Jeraldine	Scott	           Retiree	   George	Scott	           Spouse          above the official poverty level.)                Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
	                          Retiree	   Ray	Baumgarden
Larry	Kreger	              Retiree	   John	Kreger	retiree	    Brother
	                          Retiree	   Walter	“Pete”	Glenn	
                                                                              donate life
Robert	Fryman	             Retiree	   Nancy	Fryman	           Spouse            April was National Donate Life Month, to raise awareness of the need for
	                          Retiree	   Merideth	Kennedy                        organ and tissue donors. As of early March, there were 106,193 Americans
Kristen	Sanderson	         7585	      Theodore	Domski		       Grandfather     on transplant waiting lists. Every day, 77 people get a second chance at life
	                          Retiree	   Ed	Barrett                              through a donated organ – but almost 20 others die waiting.
Modystene	“Mott”	Poe	      Retiree	   Odessa		Williams	       Mother            Please talk to your friends and relatives about organ donation. If you are
Kelly	Wallace	             2301	      Tom	J.	Krechnyak	       Father-in-law   not already registered as a donor, you can find a list of state registries at
Nicole	Betty	              7549	      James	Betty	            Father
Henry	Daroci	              Retiree	   Violet	Daroci	          Spouse
                                                                              http://organdonor.gov/donor/registry.shtm
	                          Retiree	   Gilbert	Perry                            Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network
	
	
                           Retiree	
                           Retiree	
                                      Charles	Murdock
                                      Elizabeth	Kustra
                                                                              State PriSon PoPulationS
Carolyn	Clay	              7681	      J.T.	Clay	              Father             The number of Americans being held in state prisons fell by 5,800 last year
	                          Retiree	   John	Krimmel	III                        – the first decline since 1972.                  Source: Pew Center on the States
	                          Retiree	   Dale	Whelan	
	                          Retiree	   Frank	Ableson                           children’S dental health
Charlie	Burnette	          7432	      Scott	Burnette	         Brother            Only six of the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) merit an “A” when
Dick	Burnette	             Retiree	   Scott	Burnette	         Father          it comes to children’s dental health. That’s according to the Pew Center on
Ralph	Puckett	             Retiree	   George	Puckett	         Brother
                                                                              the States, which has evaluated state efforts against a list of proven policy
Paul	Puckett	              Retiree	   George	Puckett	         Brother
Victor	Schwartzenberger	   2801	      George	Puckett	         Father-in-law   solutions. Most states earned a grade of “C” or lower, with nine flunking.
	                          Retiree	   Elwood	Lizyness                                                                                     Source: Pew Center on the States

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                                                                              job inSecurity and health
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   We can then get the notice in the paper. Call 734-482-8320
                                                                              according to an analysis of two large national surveys.
              or email to uawlocal898@comcast.net.
                                                                                                                                         Source: Social Science & Medicine
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