Despite job change, council member plans to serve her term

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January 12, 2008
— A Janesville city council member will start a new job Monday, but she expects to fill out her term that expires in spring 2009.

Amy Loasching recently was hired as a regional benefits representative for the United Auto Workers. Shell fill one of 11 new positions created by the recent UAW-General Motors contract and serve retirees in areas where GM formerly had operations. Her work will primarily be centered on helping retirees with the pension and benefit issues.

Loasching will serve a nine-state area from an office in Lincolnshire, Ill., a Chicago suburb about 80 miles from Janesville. She plans to commute to the job, which requires periodic travel.

Were planning to keep our family in Janesville, said Loasching, a UAW/GM health and safety trainer at the GM truck plant in Janesville. She was elected to the city council in April.

Loasching also plans to continue the community service roles she has filled over the year.

I plan to stay active in the community. In fact, my new boss encourages it, she said. Ill still be a member of Local 95 and serve on committees.

This is a brand new position and there really isnt anybody for me to ask questions of, so Ill have to learn a lot of new things and will probably be slow going for me for the first year.

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