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November 5, 2020
November 2020 Newsletter

REPORT TO THE MEMBERS

By Richard E. Dalton, Business Manager

By the time you receive this month’s edition of the Buckeye Engineer, the presidential election will be over. Hopefully, the process will work as it is supposed to without the need for judicial involvement. At the time of this writing, neither candidate seems to have a clear decisive lead in the election.

Originally known as Armistice Day, November 11th is set aside as a day to honor veterans. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as “Armistice Day” to mark the cessation of the most destructive, far-reaching war in the annals of human history, “the war to end all wars,” World War I. It’s a day to honor World War I veterans. In 1938, Congress made November 11th a legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace. In 1954, after the end of World War II, which required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen, the 83rd Congress amended the 1938 Act to strike out the word “Armistice” and insert “Veteran” in its place, as the day to honor American veterans of all wars. Veterans Day continues to be a celebration to honor American Veterans for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good of this country.

Veterans of ALL wars: THANK YOU for your service!

On November 26th, we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. A day recognized when in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast as one of the first celebrations in the colonies. Today, Thanksgiving is a day when families get together to share a meal and be thankful for what they have in life. Happy Thanksgiving from the Officers, Staff, and Executive Board of Local 18!

Due to the continued presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will, unfortunately, have to cancel the meals at the December membership meetings in the districts. The requirements for food preparation, serving, and social distancing make it impractical for the districts to handle the large crowd size. We anticipate that we will be able to return to normal next year.

As we move into the late fall, please remember that as you are laid off, put a registration card in the out-of-work deck. This serves two purposes, first for employment opportunities, and second for unemployment benefits. Enclosed in this issue of the Buckeye Engineer is a registration card for your convenience.

The new Toledo District 2 Union Hall is complete. Asphalt went down in late September and was followed up with fencing and landscaping in October. The building is similar in design to the Akron District 6 building, but on a slightly smaller footprint. The new facility will service the membership for years to come. If you have the opportunity, stop in and see the building; if not, the building will be featured in the 2021 calendar.

As work starts to wind down for the winter, training at the regional training sites should be ramping up. Check your certifications for renewals, review the training manual for class schedules, and sign up before the classes fill up. My deepest sympathy to those who have lost loves ones in the past few months, and I hope for a speedy recovery for those who are ill or injured. Keep an eye out for our retired members and their spouses, as they may need your help over the winter months. Let us all be our Brother’s/ Sister’s keepers and watch out for one another.

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