Goodbye, UAW.

Some of you know this, but most of you don’t. Let me not bury the lede: November 17 will be my last day at the UAW.

My time here has been instructive, contentious, invigorating, frustrating, heartbreaking and delightful. I’ve found most things in life exhibit that central tension if you care deeply. And I do.

These years have been some of the most interesting of my life, full of consternation and conflict, victories too quickly enjoyed, defeats too often dwelt upon, acid tongues awash with hot profanity, and earnest people who spend every day making life a little better for someone else in their corner of the world. And through it all, I had the opportunity to just be there, watching, trying to help where I could. I’ll miss it terribly.

Most of all, I will miss the people. There are too many to name individually, but my hope is that I’ve helped in some small way to move us forward, collectively.

But now it’s time for me to work on the issues that motivate me in a new context. I’m looking forward to starting my new position as Senior Production Manager at New Blue Interactive in Washington, D.C. in December.

Until then, I’ll be around the Detroit area trying to do a number of things exceedingly quickly to move my life halfway across the country. I’d love to grab lunch/dinner/drinks with you in that time.

My one stipulation is this: I don’t want to say “Goodbye.” I want to say “Hello, again.” As someone once told me, “It’s a long life, and we may find ourselves fighting together again very soon.”

(Photo credit: By Thomas Good (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)

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