Laborers Local 500 honors retirees

The grunts who build the city

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The officials who make the Laborers Local 500 function with efficiency are, from left, David Fleetwood, business manager, Teresa Moore, political/community affairs officer, and Al Jones, business agent, and secretary/treasurer.

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.

The retirees had no idea the Dramatics would perform.
The retirees had no idea the Dramatics would perform.

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.”

0019 David Fleetwood addresses the retirees, and explains to them how important they are to him, and Laborers Local 500.
0019 David Fleetwood addresses the retirees, and explains to them how important they are to him, and Laborers Local 500.

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.

David Fleetwood has a check for $1000.00 to Scott Bower, who was amongst those winning money during the raffle
David Fleetwood has a check for $1000.00 to Scott Bower, who was amongst those winning money during the raffle

“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.

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