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November 2001




Ford and auto workers union create unique family centers
BY Mark Caruso

STERLING HEIGHTS -- Wednesday October 24, 2001 a family and child care center was dedicated and named after United Auto Workers president Stephen P. Yokich. 

The center, one of more than a dozen to be built around the nation over the next two years, is a joint project between the UAW, Ford and Visteon Corp. Two other centers, one in Dearborn and another in Washtenaw, will be named for Ford chairman William Clay Ford Jr. and Visteon CEO Peter Pestillo, respectively.

WASHTENAW--The site of the Pete Pestillo Family Service & Learning Center is at 850 S. Hewitt Road in Ypsilanti, located just north of I-94 on Michigan Avenue (US 12) and Hewitt Road.

On October 25, 2001 the United Auto Workers (UAW), Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation broke ground on the Pete Pestillo Family Service & Learning Center. Chairperson of UAW, Local 892, Tom Kanitz said, " This is a historic effort to support UAW, Ford and Visteon workers, families, retirees and the local community."

Opening in July 2002, the Pete Pestillo Family Center will provide a wide selection of services and programs including: a 24 hour childcare center; a network of community childcare providers; a Volunteer Support Network to meet local community needs; personal growth and development services; and educational and recreational programs for UAW, Ford and Visteon hourly and salaried employees, pre-teens, retirees and their families. The Center located in Washtenaw County.

President of UAW, Local 892, Don Cattell said, "The Family Service and Learning Center is the result of the 1999 contract talks between the UAW and Ford. the Family Service and Learning Center program is enabling more than 300,000 workers, retirees and family members nationwide to improve their quality of life and support their communities as well."
Other centers are planned by 2003 in and around Cleveland, Chicago, Kansas City, Mo., and Louisville, Ky. In several other cities family services will be provided in existing facilities. 

The local family center council would like to thank everybody who donated to the "Cold Hands & Feet Warm Heart Charity Event" It was very successful. We will be donating all the items given to the Washtenaw county social services.

Statues of the three men, created by local sculptor Richard Miller, also were unveiled Wednesday in this Detroit suburb. 

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