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Local 924 Retirees
Still Going Strong


Local 924 retirees gather ...

General Electric may have closed the plant here that made small motors for generations but the union spirit is still strong. Two hundred and twenty-two retired members of UE Local 924 and their guests attended the annual retirees’ dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall here Oct. 5.

The retirees’ special guest, UE Genl. Pres. John Hovis, told the former union members that UE never forgets them in negotiations with GE, although the company insists it doesn’t owe retirees anything.

Hovis noted that GE looks at its pension fund as another profit-making segment of its business. Only one-half of the pension fund’s interest is needed to pay benefits, he reminded retirees; GE hasn’t made a contribution to the fund since 1987 and the fund is $9 billion overfunded.

Local 924 exemplified all that UE is and stands for, Hovis declared. The loss of the local was a heartbreak. The national president said UE will make sure it passes on to the next generation those principles and policies that the members of Local 924 brought to life.

Leonard King, the retirees association treasurer, spoke briefly on the importance of the Labor Party to the nation’s working people. Copies of the Labor Party Press circulated throughout the hall.

The current officers of the Local 924 Retirees’ Association were re-elected by acclamation: Pres. Bill Kirchner, Vice Pres. Ray Teeple, Sec. "Chub" Bergman, Treas. Leonard King, Sgt.-at-Arms Tom Zeser, and board members Helen Miller, Merle Lovellette, Thelma Whitaker, Virginia Rodenbush and Ruby McCollough.

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