BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer
In the world of combat, or military, those soldiers referred to as “grunts,” are those who enter battle first, take everything thrown at them, and then, simply grunt away all that’s dished out, to ultimately complete their mission, are always held in high esteem.
For 28 years, Laborers Local 500 has been honoring their “grunts,” such as underground sewer and gas line installers, those who work with black top, asphalt, concrete, and many other trades, on Friday, October 28, at GESU’s Sullivan Center, 2049 Parkside Blvd.
Approximately 160 retirees and their family, and friends enjoyed dinner, money, and gift card raffles, and a live performance by legendary R & B singers, the Dramatics.
David Fleetwood, business manager for Laborers Local 500, told The Toledo Journal, “We hold this event to show appreciation to those who paved the way for us. We try to make this night, without a shadow of a doubt, one is which the retirees feel appreciated.”
Among those feeling that appreciation was Scott Bower. He worked 34 years as a Grade Checker, and retired seven years ago. Mr. Bower was amongst those who won money during the event. His winnings were $1000.
“It feels really good winning this money. It’s definitely needed,” he said.
Frederick L. Douglas worked over 37 years. He always attends the Retiree Party.
“I come every year because it’s fantastic,” he said. “I really enjoy myself, and appreciate what Laborers Local 500 has done for me; I wouldn’t have worked anywhere else,” Mr. Douglas said.