UAW Local 31 “THE HEART OF THE UNION IN THE HEART OF AMERICA” Executive Board President Volume 9, Issue 3 Kansas City, Kansas April 2006 Jeff Manning Vice President Recording Secretary Buy-In not Bail-Out U Barbara Ikerd Financial Secretary nited Auto Work- billion from Asian and Euro- seas, while overseas Donna Birks ers President Ron pean manufacturers.” companies take advan- Trustee Kathy Belshe Gettelfinger called Both GM and Ford have tage of the most open Trustee on President Bush and both automotive market in the Loretta Anderson parties in Congress to craft world here in the U.S. Trustee Courtney Eiterich new policies to help U.S. Invest in environmentally- Sgt. At Arms industries now, rather than sound technologies and Don Marshall face an outcry for huge bail- offer tax incentives for Guide Keith Shelton outs later. He also exploded alternative fuels and gas- Shop Chairman some persistent myths about electric hybrids. John Melton “To avoid a desperate Retiree Rep. the American auto industry. Clint Simmons While many think Big request from a near- Three auto jobs are simply bankrupt automaker hitting Inside this issue: shifting to U.S. plants owned his desk, Bush can do more by Honda, Nissan and Toyota, announced they will close than simply urge companies Gettelfinger points out that several plants and lay off tens to make ‘products that are President’s Re- 2 we’ve lost some 200,000 auto of thousands of workers over relevant,’ “Gettelfinger says. port jobs in the past five years. the next two years. “He can join Republicans and Shop Chairperson 2 Meanwhile, Ford, GM and In his At-Issue column on Democrats in Congress to DaimlerChrysler still employ the union’s website, Gettelfin- craft policies that are relevant Chaplaincy 3 nine out of ten American auto ger proposed several reforms for American companies, Women’s Comm. 3 workers, manufacture three to help prevent disaster in “an Guide 3 workers and communities.” out of four American-made industry that employs nearly Comm. Service 4 cars and trucks and buy 80 one million manufacturing 34TH CONSTITUTIONAL Union Label 4 percent of U.S.-made auto workers and supports the CONVENTION parts. jobs and incomes of millions ELECTION OF DELEGATES Financial Sec. 5 And, Gettelfinger says, more.” Election of five (5) delegates and Recreation 5 “There’s a problem with the Enact comprehensive, uni- two (2) alternate delegates to the 34th Constitutional Conven- Veterans Comm. 6 claim that all the new invest- versal, single-payer na- tion to be held in June, 2006. ment in the U.S. auto industry tional health insurance. Election will be held beginning Fitness Center 6 comes from non-Big Three Change trade policies to at 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, CAP 7 companies: It isn’t true. Be- level the playing field in a 2006 and ending at 8:00 a.m. on Skill Trades 8 tween 1980 and 2002, (the world where U.S. com- Friday, April 28, 2006. The Elec- tion will be held at UAW Local 31 Benefits 8 Big Three) provided 85 per- panies face tariffs, regu- Union Hall, 500 Kindelberger Retirees 9 cent of the new investment in lations and other trade Road, Kansas City, Kansas U.S. auto plants. That’s $176 barriers when trying to Obituaries 10 billion, compared with $27 sell American cars over- Page 2 NEWSLINE Final Farewell to Our President FAREWELL in action being quick on his feet and guidance and leadership of our Union DAVE PETRSON able to make wise decisions, even if Brother and dear friend. Take com- H onest, humble, loyal and trust- they weren’t popular. No one will fort in knowing when our hearts are worthy. He was a man who ever replace Dave; he left big shoes to sad and we are missing his presence was always busy - working fill. We considered him worthy of on this earth, death is not the end. toward a change for the better. He being called, “President of Local 31.” We bid you farewell for now, may have lost the battle with cancer, Dave’s journey had many Brother Dave, till we meet again. The but he won the hearts of many broth- struggles. His strength was proof of rewards of our friendship are celebrated ers and sisters. We respected him, the commitment he had to our soli- memories of you. admired his courage, integrity and darity. We are blessed to have sense of humor. We have seen him known him. We will truly miss the Your UAW Friends Shop Chairperson’s Report B rothers and Sisters of Local By now, everyone knows The overtime schedule has 31: that an agreement was reached with not changed for April with production Welcome to the GM and the UAW on a special attri- Saturdays on the 8th and 25th. newest employees who arrived during tion program. The dates for this pro- The April Union Meeting has February and March. We’ve had 68 gram to begin have not yet been de- been postponed until May 20th 2006 transfer in from the Electromotive termined. Information will be passed at 2:00 at the Union Hall. Please plan Plant in LaGrange, Illinois. It has not along as soon as we receive it. on attending. been determined where the new em- The family of Dave Peterson Congratulations to all the ployees for April will be transferring was astonished at the great show of April 1 retirees. from. respect sent out to him by the local Enjoy your UAW-negotiated We currently have 37 griev- union. Dave was an asset to this local Holidays April 14 – 17. ances in the procedure with three and he’ll be sincerely missed by all of being discharge or termination cases. us. President’s Report Sisters and Brothers of Local 31, care, and of the opportunities for the the final days of his life. In my spiritual W elcome to all the new people of Kansas and Missouri in the life, I often ask myself, What Would Local 31 members who up and coming mid-term elections. It Jesus Do? In daily business at our local have transferred in from is extremely evident that many of our hall dealing with labor issues, I often out of town. I look forward to getting local and national representatives ask myself, What Would David Do? to know each and every one of you, seem to concern themselves strictly Good luck to all the delegate so please stop me whenever you have with BIG BUSINESS. We can and we candidates in their aspirations to rep- something I can help you with. will make a difference to elect labor- resent Local 31 at the 34th constitu- Washington Days was held friendly candidates to office. tional convention. the weekend of March 3rd in Topeka, Thank you to all those who May God Bless and keep you al- Kansas. Barack Obama, Senator from sent their prayers to the Peterson ways. Illinois, was the keynote speaker. family. David touched my heart and In Solidarity, Senator Obama spoke on working soul with his passionate desire to help Jeff Manning families, poverty, the state of health- people and assist this local union until Volume 9, Issue 3 Page 3 Chaplaincy Committee CARING IN Or we may think of our purposes of God, and that we count. THE WORKPLACE lives as having meaning in the pur- Let us keep the Peterson T here are three ways we poses of God. That is the way of family in prayer and all of our broth- can think about our lives. responsibility. It does not result in a ers and sisters who have gone on We may think that as indi- sense of futility or self-importance, another journey. And remember, viduals we count for nothing. That is but it does take life seriously. that “as long as the ties that bind us the way of pessimism, which cuts the As humans, we can stand together are stronger than those that nerve of effort and leads to weakness almost anything except the fear that would tear us apart, all will be well.” and despair. when we have given our best or en- God Bless Us All We may think that we are dured the worst, after all it made no all-important. That is the way of real difference what we did or who The Chaplaincy Committee egotism, and leads to a distorted we were. Life takes on a new depth and richness when we confront all of Herb Taylor, Mary Green sense of values that prevents harmo- life’s contingencies with the faith that Elaine Miller, Michael Flores nious cooperation with other people for ends which are greater than us. this adventure of living counts in the Women’s Committee Sisters and Brothers, (both names will be entered). We lences go out to Dave Peterson’s W elcome to our newest will also have a ‘mini-boutique’ from family for their loss. members. We would area shops so you can shop till you THE WOMEN’S like to remind the ladies drop! Come visit friends you haven’t COMMITTEE that the Women’s Luncheon is going seen since last year and meet some C.J. Griffin, Janet Sears, to be held May 13, 2006, from 1:00 new friends. Dedire Hawkins, Robin Harris, to 5:00 p.m. at the Argosy Ballroom. We would like to wish eve- Kelli Saucerman There will be a door prize drawing ryone and their families a safe and for anyone bringing a first-time guest happy Easter holiday. Our condo- Guide Brothers and Sisters, delegates determine the positions of on our active membership popula- T th he 34 UAW Constitu- the UAW on social and economic tion and determined through our tional Con- issues. They deter- current Constitution. vention will mine the powers and Hopefully, we as members be held this year. Many salaries of the Interna- are more informed on the impor- have asked what it is and tional Officers, elec- tance of the upcoming Constitutional why it is important. tion rules, appeal pro- Convention Delegate Elections. The Constitu- cedures and can tional Convention is amend our Constitu- “For an educated member- where the local elected Keith Shelton tion. ship is a stronger membership.” delegates determine in which direc- Our local will elect five dele- tion the UAW will travel in the next gates and two alternate delegates to Please keep President Dave Peter- four years. They elect the Interna- represent us at the Constitutional son’s family in your thoughts and tional President and Executive Board Convention. Each delegate will carry prayers. along with the Regional Directors five votes to give our local a total of from their respective regions. The 25 votes. These numbers are based Keith Shelton, Guide Page 4 NEWSLINE Women’s Committee ATTENTION UAW refundable $10. RESERVATION FORM Switching One Pain WOMEN If you bring another Yes, I wish to attend. My member who has never been W e cordially invite $10 is enclosed cash A married couple to one of our luncheons, you you to attend check rushes to the will both be entered into a our annual I’m bringing a first-time hospital with the prize drawing. (Both mem- Women’s Luncheon, to be attendee. Attendee’s wife in labor. The doc- bers will need to fill out a held on Saturday, May 13, tor says, “I have invented reservation form with pay- name is 2006 at the Argosy Banquet a new machine that you ment). _____________________ Room in Riverside, MO, might want to try. It Reservation letters from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. were mailed out to all Local I am a first-time attendee. takes some of the labor It should be a fun I came with ________ pain away from the 31 women a couple weeks and memorable time, so get _____________________ mother and gives it to ago. If you didn’t receive your reservation in - the Name the father.” one, please contact the Un- deadline is April 7, 2006. Just The couple ion Hall so they can find out ____________________ fill out the form below and Phone decides to try it, so the return it to the Union Hall, why. Hope to see you soon! doctor hooks the ma- along with your non- WOMEN’S LUNCHEON ____________________ chine up and switches ten percent of the pain from the wife to the Community Service Report husband. He says, “I feel ok, turn it up.” The doc- Dear Brothers and Sisters, research. Thank you to eve- money for the Heart Walk. T tor turns it up to fifty he American ryone who plans to partici- Manpower at GM Fairfax is percent and the husband Heart Association pate and we encourage oth- not at the level it should be says, “Why don’t you Walk is June 10. ers to consider taking part in for us to make the Garage just put it all on me; I’m We are looking forward to this worthy cause. Sale successful. not feeling a thing.” this annual event and all the The Garage Sale at the Community Services The doctor good made possible from the UAW Hall has been can- Committee warns, “This much could proceeds that are contrib- celled for June. This sale was Debbie Davis, Jonna Yates kill you if you’re not pre- uted to heart and stroke for the purpose of raising Vicky Barbour-Smith pared.” But the husband insists he’s ready, so the doctor turns the ma- Union Label Committee chine up to 100 percent. The husband breezes J oe Smith started the and tennis shoes (MADE IN puter (MADE IN MALAY- right through the birth day early having set KOREA). After cooking his SIA), Joe decided to relax for and his wife has a pain- his alarm clock breakfast in his new electric a while. He put on his san- free labor, so they go (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6a.m. skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he dals (MADE IN BRAZIL), home happy. While his coffeepot (MADE got in his car (MADE IN poured himself a glass of But, strangely, IN HONG KONG) was GERMANY) filled it with wine (MADE IN FRANCE) when they get home, perking, he shaved with his GAS (from Saudia Arabia) and turned on his TV they find the letter car- electric razor (MADE IN and continued his search for (MADE IN INDONESIA) HONG KONG). He put on a good paying AMERICAN and then wondered why he a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI JOB. At the end of yet an- can’t find a good paying job in LANKA), designer jeans other discouraging and fruit- AMERICA….. (MADE IN SINGAPORE) less day checking his com- Union Label Committee Volume 9, Issue 3 Page 5 Financial Secretary Sisters and Brothers, received a call from Dave another union meeting. EASTER EGGS O n Monday, March 20, while he was still in the hospi- Three: He wanted to play Of all the symbols as- 2006, Local #31 lost tal. He told me to contact another round of golf. We all sociated with Easter, the one of the most Melton and Manning (P-Nut) got a good laugh because we egg, the symbol of fertility dedicated labor leaders we’ve and that he wanted the three knew Dave. and new life, is the most ever known to lung cancer. of us to come to the hospital. I wanted to share Dave Peterson, the man who Of course we weren’t pre- this moment with the mem- identifiable. The customs was known not only in the pared for the news he deliv- bers, especially the newly- and traditions of using labor community, but also by ered, that he had lung cancer transferred members who eggs have been associ- community leaders and and was told to prepare his life never had a chance to meet ated with Easter for cen- elected officials, as a strong and in months and not in years. Dave Peterson, and know the turies. passionate fighter for the rights Before our tears had degree of his commitment to Originally Easter eggs of workers. stopped and our emotions had this membership. were painted with bright Most of us who have time to absorb the shocking I will miss Dave as colors to represent the worked with Dave knew how and sad news, Dave calmly our leader, but I will miss him sunlight of spring and special he was and how much said, “I’ve made my peace and I more as my friend. At the were used in Easter-egg he loved being the president of have my faith and I’m okay.” same time I want to applaud rolling contests or given Local #31. Working with He next told us he had three Jeff “P-Nut” for stepping in and as gifts. After they were Dave the last three and one- wishes. One: He wanted to continuing the fight. colored and etched with half years at the hall, I saw him go into the plant and thank the In Solidar- various designs, the eggs in action and knew where his membership for their support. ity, were exchanged by lov- heart was. But in January I Two: He wanted to attend Donna Birks ers and romantic admir- ers, much the same as Recreation Committee valentines. In medieval time, eggs were tradi- Brothers and Sisters, there! Retirees, this means always open to suggestions tionally given at Easter to O ur deepest condo- you as well - bring those to further accommodate our the servants. In Ger- lences to the Dave grandchildren out and have a membership. Please let one many, eggs were given to Peterson family, great time. We will have of the committee members children along with other God bless you. refreshments too. This has know, or just write it up and Easter gifts. The Recreation always been a great event, leave it at the hall. Committee will be having and there will be prizes for Thank you and have a safe their Easter Egg Hunt on the child who finds the most Easter holiday. April 1, 2006 from 9:00 to eggs in each age bracket, as THE RECREATION BLUES STREET COMMITTEE FESTIVAL 12:00 noon at Local 31 Un- well as something for those ion Hall, for kids ages 12 and Al Bello, Libby Dantzler, REMINDER who aren’t so successful. under. We want to see you In closing, we are Erainia Williams, The Kansas City Andre Hobson, John McEntire Kansas Street Blues Know Who’s who I t was the day before back amid loud and colorful As he struggled to Festival will be held the big sale and by curses. On the man’s second his feet the second time, he June 23, 24, 25 opening time a long attempt, he was punched said to the person at the end At the Lewis & Clark line had formed in front of square in the jaw and of the line, “That does it! If Park the store. A small man knocked around a bit, then they hit me one more time, (Old Kaw Point) pushed his way to the front thrown to the end of the line I’m not going to open the In Kansas City, KS. of the line, only to be pushed again. store.” Page 6 NEWSLINE Veteran’s Committee Scientific Results G ood Day my anyone has any sugges- Also, for a future foot- A man takes his ham- UAW Brothers tions to make this note, there will be a Vet- ster to the vet, and after and Sisters, event bigger erans’ Stand Down this a short look at the crea- As you know, and better year and we will keep you ture, the vet pronounces it is never too early to please contact updated as to when it will it dead. hot happy, the begin thinking about one of us. occur so we can get man demands a second our next Veterans We are al- plenty of volunteers. Celebration. This ways open to opinion. year it falls on No- new ideas and The vet gives a whistle Thank you, and in strolls a Labrador vember 10, 2006. As suggestions. You may Local 31 dog. The dog nudges the members of the commit- contact Veronica “Roni” Veteran’s Committee hamster around with its tee we would greatly ap- Lambert – our chairper- Roni Lambert, nose and sniffs it a couple preciate any and all help son, Bob Dyche or Sherri Sherri Helton, of times before shaking from the membership. If Helton. Bob Dyche his head. “There,” says the vet, “our hamster is dead.” UAW-GM Fitness Center Still dissatisfied, the man asks for a third HOW WE GET FAT served on the menu of your No Exercise opinion. The vet opens Drink Anything favorite restaurant is fried or Not exercising causes the the back door and in But Water even worse, deep fried. body to break down muscle, S bounds a cat. The cat ugars in soft drinks Excessive Alcohol which is needed to burn ex- jumps onto the table and and juices can cause Not only do alcoholic drinks, tra calories, causing the me- looks the hamster up the blood sugar to wine and liquor have tons of tabolism to slow down. and down for a few min- spike, which causes the body utes before looking up to store the sugar as fat. Pregnancy and shaking its head. “It’s Don’t Walk Protecting and providing nutri- definitely dead sir,” says Sitting in front of the television ents for the baby is important the vet. or the computer for hours can but not an excuse to eat un- Finally convinced, the lead to atrophied muscles. healthily. man inquires how much Grow Older Stress he owes. “That will be As we get older, we need Research shows that height- $500 please.” fewer calories as we have ened stress also increases the “Just to tell me my less muscle mass. production of cortisol in the hamster is dead?!” fumes Eat More Calories body. Cortisol has been the man. A person doesn’t just get more calories, they are easily con- linked to higher fat produc- “Well,” says the vet, calories by eating more often; it sumed. They’re also an ap- tion, especially around the “There’s my diagnosis, comes from calorie-dense food. petite stimulant. mid-section where fat can be the lab report and the Eat Junk Food Never Read Food Labels extremely harmful. cat scan.” Most junk food contains re- If you don’t know how many fined carbohydrates that pro- calories you are consuming or From Vince Kane vide little, if any, nutritional what kind of ingredients a food Health & Fitness value. contains, how can you know if Specialist Eat Out Regularly what you are eating is healthy? Chances are a lot of the food Volume 9, Issue 3 Page 7 Cap Committee WHY DOES LABOR vote. neighborhood and commu- ENDORSE 4. The power of appointed nity. CANDIDATES? officials concerning your liveli- 7. School boards directly 1. Unions must have unified hood is much greater than impact our children’s lives on labor support to elect candi- most realize. All federal a daily basis as they have con- dates who will work to se- judges, Supreme Court trol over teachers, school cure effective labor legislation judges, National Labor Rela- support staff, buildings, equip- and other beneficial social tions Board members and ment and curriculum. programs for our members Cabinet members are ap- 8. Workers’ compensation A husband and their families. pointed by the president. All benefits and unemployment and wife are sitting in 2. In order to evaluate a of these appointees can benefits are set by the vari- the living room dis- candidate, his or her voting change laws concerning your ous elected state legislatures record on labor and related cussing a “Living Will.” job and life just by the stroke and/or appointed commis- “Just so you issues is considered, if they of the pen without consulting know,” says the man, sions. are an incumbent. For non- Congress or being account- 9. Elected officials or the “I never want to live in incumbents, support for la- boards and commissions that a vegetative state, de- able to you – the voter. bor and related issues, such 5. Senators and congres- they appoint have a direct pendent on some ma- as social legislation, educa- sional representatives can impact on our highways, ca- chine and fluids from a tion, etc., is considered. pass laws and confirm many ble TV, property taxes, play- bottle. If that ever 3. The Union should always of the above appointments of grounds, insurance, tele- happens, just pull the endorse particular candidates people who can directly af- phone, gas and electric rates, for public office because of plug.” fect your job and every day just to name a few. His wife gets their stand on labor issues. up, unplugs the TV and life. Labor endorsements are the 6. Local and state elected If you have any questions throws out all the result of an intensive exami- officials can appoint commis- please contact any member nation of the candidate with a beer. sions on zoning, planning and of the Community Action resulting recommendation building, all of which directly Program Committee. on which individuals best affect the amount of con- Trent Bell, Robert Lowe, Mary serve the working persons’ struction work available and Stumpf, Glenn Woods, Richie interests. They are not an many other aspects of your Martins attempt to tell you how to Skilled Trades Committee I t is at this time that we, the for him having served in it. I pray an effort to be active as the Skilled skilled trades committee, that we all could be the great Trades Committee. If anyone has with great sorrow, mourn leader and servant that Dave Pe- any ideas or issues that they the passing of Dave Peterson. terson has set as an example. would care to bring to the mem- Always noting the great compas- As this is the first opportunity bers of this committee, please feel sion he displayed for the local that this committee has had to free to do so and every attempt community was such an emotional report any activity, we plan on will be made to try to support and uplifting experience. He having a door raffle to raise funds everyone that we can in any man- showed an even-handedness that to be given to causes that are for ner that we are duty-bound to do. rarely is given to men and ap- the betterment of our local union Robert Burton peared to be someone that truly and our community. We decided Ollie Hassell was worthy of leadership. The on a 50/50 type raffle and this ac- Lamont Pouncil office he held made us all better tion is to show that we are making Page 8 NEWSLINE About Your Benefits **ALL AFFECTED Prilosec 40mg, Protonix contacting the GM Benefits MEMBERS** and Zegerid will be re- and Services Center at: Modifications to the Pre- stricted to the covered 1-800-489-4646 scription Drug Provisions of alternatives Omeprazole If they submit a paper form, the GM Health Care Program and Nexium. their beneficiary designations have taken effect on January 1, If you have been notified by and updates will be displayed 2006. For participants who letter stating that some of the on gmbenefits.com after the APRIL 2006 are in the Traditional Care medications you take must form is received and proc- Retirements Network (TNC) and the be reviewed by your doctor essed by Fidelity. Daniel M. Beltz, 50-2 Preferred Provider Organiza- and approved by the plan to ***Retirees will be advised 30.3 years tion (PPO) options: receive payment, you need to Certain drugs will require to review their beneficiaries Charles L. Conrad, 70-1 have the doctor call Medco prior authorization. via information provided in 30.1 years on their toll-free line: Kelly B. Coulson, 17-1 These include: Erythroid the next GM Encore publica- 1-800-417-1764 tion. They can follow the 30.1 years Stimulants for red blood 8:00 am – 9:00 pm EDT Ellis E. Castleberry, 25-1 cell formation, Alz- same process to update their Monday thru Friday 42.1 years heimer’s Disease Medi- Medco will notify you and beneficiaries. Donnie Duncan, 25-1 cations, Anti-Emetics Life Insurance benefits are your doctor by letter of the 30.7 years (anti-nausea medications paid to the most current John Espinosa, 11-1 review decision. beneficiary of record. If bene- and Revatio. Call Medco 32.5 years IMPORTANT FOR ALL ficiary designations are not John F. Helm, Jr., 43-1 for more information. Rheumatoid Arthritis Agents MEMBERS: BENEFICIARY updated, life insurance pro- 27.6 years ceeds may not be paid the Isaac Harris, 70-1 – some may not be cov- DESIGNATIONS ered unless the enrollee A beneficiary form should way the participant intended. 30.0 years Dale F. Hankins, 70-1 has first tried another be completed at initial eligibil- To ensure that benefits are 30.0 years medication. If the doc- ity for Basic Life Insurance and paid in accordance to the par- Frederick L. Hays, 50-2 tor believes that none of when enrolling in contributory ticipant’s intent, encourage 30.0 years the preferred alterna- coverages such as Optional them to review and/or update Kenneth H. Halfen, 15-2 tives would be right for Life and Personal Accident their beneficiary designation 44.3 years the patients he or she Insurance. When participants today. Jimmy G. Lopez, 46-1 experience a change in family There are many changes can request a medication 33.1 years status, beneficiary designations taking place in your insurance Robert L. Lloyd, 17-2 review. Dose Optimization. Certain should be reviewed and/or benefits, therefore it is very 30.6 years updated. Family status important that you read and Virgle A. Mueller, 25-1 Cholesterol Lowering Medications (Statins). changes include: marriage, keep any insurance informa- 30.3 years Donald Reasoner, 50-1 Higher dosage medica- remarriage, divorce, birth or tion from General Motors. 30.0 years tions will now be cov- adoption of a child and death Your Benefit Represen- Janice A. Turner, 70-1 ered for patients to take of a spouse or beneficiary. tatives are here to assist 32.3 years the medication once a Beneficiary designations can you whenever necessary. Fred J. Taber, III, 70-1 day instead of twice a be reviewed and updated on- 1st shift – Ron Montgomery 30.2 years day. If the doctor or line at any time, at gmbene- and Craig Dumortier Randall L. Vest, 17-1 fits.com. For participants who (alternate Terry Mittler) 30.0 years patient does not want to change the strength of do not want to designate 2nd shift – J. D. Hogan and Jack M. Walton, 11-1 beneficiaries on line or are 30.0 years the drug, a coverage Vivian Lewis (alternate unable to view their benefici- Bobbie Dunnell) Heidi M. Willener, 25-1 review may be available. 25.1 years Effective April 10, 2006 PPI ary information on line, they Phone: (913) 321-5405 drugs Aciphex, Prevacie, can request a new beneficiary form to be mailed to them by Volume 9, Issue 3 Page 9 Retirees’ Information “If every child were like each Candy Ruff of the 40th Dis- the Past 100 years? other, you wouldn’t know trict. This conference is Just a few things…… who was your sister or hosted each year by the The 8-hour day brother, and if every flower UAW, CWA and Steel Social Security looked the same, “flower” Workers Unions. Ban on Child Labor would have to be flower’s On March 3, 2006, Health Insurance Chairman Yunghans, Sister UAW LOCAL 31 name. Community Service RETIREE COOKOUT Let them be them- Bobbie Bennett Apprenticeships Holt American Legion selves. and I at- Weekends off Lee Bennett tended Hall Workers’ Compensation 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Hopkins Washington Civil Rights My computer Days 2006 SUNDAY, MAY 7 Paid Unemployment Contact Earl Jones, went haywire and I lost all as represen- Free Education my notes, Jack and I tried tatives of (660) 438-5404 Family Medical Leave to rely on our senior the UAW Fair Wages memories to pass the fol- Local 31 Retiree Minimum Wage UNION MEETING lowing information along to Chapter. The annual ban- Paid Pension NOTICE you. quet was opened by Law- Job Safety The April Regular Ex- February 26 – 28, Brother rence C. Gates, Chairman of Training ecutive Board and Dave Moreno and I attended the Kansas Democratic Scholarships Membership Meetings the Kansas Legislative confer- Party. After an awards pres- will be canceled due to ence in Topeka, Kansas. At entation by Chairman Gates Things To Do to Keep the Easter Holiday. issue is the need to get rid of and Congressman Dennis Unions Strong the “non-workers” support- Moore, Governor Kathleen The next regularly Join the Union ing people in office and to Sebelius introduced the guest scheduled meetings will Attend Union Meetings be held on Saturday, replace them with people speaker, Illinois Senator Join/Support Union Events who back workers. Gover- Barack Obama. Senator May 20, 2006. The E- Spread a Positive Union Board meets at 1:00 nor Kathleen Sebelius was in Obama is a rising star in poli- Message Washington D.C. at a Gov- tics and is devoted to work- p.m. followed by the Volunteer for Committees Membership Meeting at ernors’ Conference but she ers’ issues. Obama’s mother Write Union Articles sent a tape with her greetings is a native Kansan and his Honor Union boycotts 2:00 p.m. and remarks. Wayne Ma- father is from Kenya. And picket lines RETIREE ichel of the Kansas Depart- Obama was the first African Elect Political Candidates for MONTHLY ment of Labor made us American editor of the Har- Workers MEETING aware that the Kansas Un- vard Law Review. Keep up with Current The next Retiree meet- employment laws are being During the past month, Events ing will be held on Tues- rewritten to make them eas- Chairman Yunghans and I day, April 18, 2006 ier. Larry Gates of the Kan- have also attended Tri- Keep Your Eye Open for Those Who are Trying to (always the 3rd Tuesday sas Democratic Party was County Labor and area CAP of the month.) The the Chairman and gave a fine meetings. On March 10, Take These Things and meeting begins at 11:00 tribute to our UAW Local 2006 Chairman Yunghans Rights Away From YOU. a.m. followed by lunch. 31 President, Dave Peterson attended the 8th annual Inter- The Chapter provides for his work for the Party. national Womans’ Day Ob- DON’T FORGET TO PAY the meat; please bring a We also heard from Mike servance at KCKCC. YOUR DEATH BENEFIT!! large covered side dish Burgess, House of Represen- See you at the next meeting to share. Spouses are What Have Unions Done tatives 51st District and on Tuesday, April 18, 2006. for Working People in welcome. Remembering the fallen Local 31 Members UNITED AUTOMOBILE- The Executive Board and Membership of UAW Local 31 AEROSPACE- AGRICULTURAL would like to extend their deepest sympathies IMPLEMENT WORKERS to the families and friends of the following members who passed away recently OF AMERICA CHESTER E. GFELLER BILLY J. MALLONEE JOSEPH E. PHILLIPS JOINED: FEBRUARY 1946 JOINED: NOVEMBER 1961 JOINED: DECEMBER 1947 RETIRED: FEBRUARY 1977 RETIRED: JANUARY 1991 RETIRED: NOVEMBER 1979 DEPT. 17 DEPT. 17 DEPT. 17 500 Kindelberger Road DIED: JANUARY 24, 2006 DIED: MARCH 2, 2006 DIED: MARCH 13, 2006 Kansas City, Kansas 66115 LEONARD D. MCMAIN FRANK G. KING SAMMY L. GATISON Union Hall JOINED: JUNE 1955 JOINED UAW: AUG 1962 JOINED UAW: SEPT 1967 #913.342.7330 RETIRED: MAY 1981 JOINED LO31: SEPT 1983 JOINED LO. 31: SEPT 1983 Fax #913 342.3408 DEPT. 25 RETIRED: NOVEMBER 1987 DEPT. 25 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org DIED: FEBRUARY 10, 2006 DEPT. 15 DIED MARCH 14, 2006 DIED: MARCH 2, 2006 EDDIE E. SIDERS BILLY P. HENSLEY Eddie Henderson - Editor JOINED: AUGUST 1949 ELMER L. KNAPP JOINED: DECEMBER 1947 W.J. McNeal - Retiree Editor RETIRED: JULY 1980 JOINED: MAY 1949 RETIRED: NOVEMBER 1979 DEPT. 41 RETIRED: OCTOBER 1981 DEPT 21 DIED: FEBRUARY 22, 2006 DEPT. 17 DIED MARCH 18, 2006 DIED: MARCH 10, 2006 THOMAS W. MOODY DAVID M. PETERSON JOINED: JUNE 1977 CARL R. HANNAH JOINED: NOVEMBER 1976 DEPT. 25 JOINED: JUNE 1949 DEPT. 40 We're on the web DIED: FEBRUARY 24, 2006 RETIRED: JANUARY 1980 PRESIDENT OF LOCAL 31 www.uawlocal31.org DEPT. 17 DIED: MARCH 20, 2006 BURLESON E. HUGHES DIED: MARCH 12, 2006 JOINED: MAY 1950 RETIRED: FEBRUARY 1981 DEPT. 17 DIED: MARCH 1, 2006 Skill Center A pril in the Skill Cen- you can streamline your of- April 26 – Organize your ter. Spring is here, fice. stuff: 3:15 – 4:15 Tax time finally …everyone is April 11 – Dr. Fine: 3:15 – has passed, but let’s get a thinking spring cleaning and 4:15 Dr. Fine will do a free jump on next year. We’ll outdoors. As you clean, sell foot care screening and dis- talk about quick and easy that stuff on E-Bay, organize cuss the proper care of dia- filing systems for your papers, the space and then go out- betic feet. what you should keep for side to play. April 14 and 17 – Skill Cen- how long so you can stream- Watch the daily paper for ter Closed. line your office. added classes as we’re still April 18 – Advanced Inter- April 27 – Genealogy: 2:00 scheduling some gardening net Search: 3:15 – 4:15 You and 3:30 Hunting for your and lawn care classes. know the basics, Steve is history? The Johnson Friday, April 7 – Organizing going to take you through County genealogy librarian your Stuff: 9:00 a.m. Tax advanced search techniques will be here to show you time is almost here and we on the Internet. resources available online, hope you’re done, but let’s April 20 – Advanced E-Bay: how to find them and how get a jump on next year. 3:15 – 4:15 You have an E- to get started in your search We’ll talk about quick and Bay Account, now learn buy- for your family history. easy filing systems for your ing selling and tracking your paperwork, what you should purchases and sales at the keep and for how long so online auction service.