Saturday, September 20, 2014

 Detroit Plumbers Union
Local 98

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D-DAY Local Normandy Veterans

Brother Stanley Kokuba, retired Local 98 member, was featured in the Madison-Park News (C&G Newspapers) “The Men Who Saved The World. Local Normandy Veterans share their stories 70 years after D-Day” - June 4, 2014

Thank you for your service Brother Stanley!


  Stanley Kokuba spent D-Day protecting a seaport in Wales, but it wasn’t long until he was sent to join in the liberation of Europe.


  He arrived in France on July 17, 1944, with the Third Army’s 795th Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion, dropped by the Navy on a then-deserted section of Utah Beach.


His group of two dozen soldiers marched into the woods nearby, where they put up two-man tents and waited for their guns and supplies to arrive by sea. When their canteens ran dry, Kokuba volunteered to look for water. He found a well at a farmhouse outside of Sainte-Mère-Église, the scene of bitter fighting between American paratroopers and German defenders.


  “They just got the Germans out of there. Nobody would go with me. They were all scared,” Kokuba said. “I went down there and found a farmhouse, and I knocked on that door. It was desolated, you know – an old dirt road. A little girl came to the door, about 4 or 5 years old. She was scared, too.”


  The girl pointed to the well where Kokuba filled the can. On the way back to camp, he crossed a farmer’s field where American troops were ambushed by a German sniper sometime after D-Day. The bodies were gone. Only bloodied, discarded equipment remained.


  “I seen the stuff sticking out of the ground. I walked in there, and there was helmets with bullets right straight through there,” Kokuba said. “The sniper was up in the tree catching them as they came through that field, and he was just picking them off. He must have got a least 10 of them.”


  Kokuba took a German helmet back to camp as a souvenir with the water, but he said it never made it home by mail.


  His battery later protected airfields and bridges as the Allies sped across Western Europe to crush the remaining forces of the Third Reich.

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Upcoming Meeting
October 9 @ 7 pm
at UFCW Local 876
Food Workers Hall

Retiree Meeting for 2014
October 8 @ 12 pm
American Legion Hall
12 Mile, Berkley
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MUST DRUG POLICY CHANGE - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Effective June 1 2014

In response to Industry changes and the expectations of Owner Groups, Contractors, and Unions, MUST is modifying its drug testing policy to cover additional drugs of abuse. The MUST drug testing panel will now include Synthetic Opiates, MDMA (Ecstasy), and 6-AM (6-monoacetylmorphine). MUST is committed to bringing highly trained skilled trades workers to all participating jobsites. We will continue working towards 100% Drug Free Work Zones.

UA Plumbers & Pipefitters 5K and Pub Crawl
Dear Carlo,
Two quick items to share with you and other friends on our short list:
• Poll. Today’s poll on the statewide races showed that for the third time in a row Bill Schuette and I are even in the race for Michigan Attorney General. Polls from last December and again this past April showed us tied within the margin of error, as well. Not only can we block Schuette’s destructive path as AG th...
is November, but we can also stop the guy who’s almost certainly the Republican’s candidate for Governor in four years if he’s allowed to continue.
• Hobby Lobby. You’ve heard from me already on Hobby Lobby (my op-ed in today’s M-Live is here). But let me emphasize an important point: this is Schuette’s case. He’s been the most active AG in America on behalf of for-profit corporations that want to deny women insurance coverage for contraceptives. In total, he filed 6 lawsuits across the nation and authored the two leading amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday, recruiting other far-right AGs to join him.

To win in November we have to bring women voters to the poll. Schuette’s record has done his party no favors. Back in 1990 Schuette helped lead the fight against the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when he was in Congress. His argument in a rousing floor speech? We don’t need the law because employers have already demonstrated “great success” in parental leave and child care policies. Really? This week Schuette continued that same fight on a different day. Thanks to Schuette, bosses can now deny women contraceptive coverage they are otherwise entitled to under federal law.
Over the coming weeks we have a plan in place to make sure Michigan voters know just how extreme their Attorney General is. Thanks for your help amplifying that message and defeating Schuette in November.
Best, Mark Totten

Mark Totten for Attorney General • PO Box 19463, Kalamazoo, MI 49019, United States
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