I would like to wish all of our members a joyous holiday season and hope that the season brings you all some rest and time with loved ones. Please remember to check in on those that may be alone over the holidays, sometimes this time of year is difficult for many so please do not forget them.
I want to thank our membership for being ready when we were called to “Stand up” during our nearly 5 week-long strike. Halloween costumes, retirees helping us picket on Wednesdays, Rosie the riveter day, Womens brigade day, members cooking hot meals for picket sites, UAW members from Arlington, Ft. Wayne, Spring Hill, Chicago, Flint, Detroit, Muskegon and Lansing all joining us on the line, it was an incredible display of Solidarity and you should all be proud! The amount of support from the community was incredible and we compiled a list of those that supported us, we will be posting the list to our website, social media and we will be putting it in our local 602 calendar as well. We can give back a little by frequenting their businesses, supporting them as they supported us.
It is said that in a time of peace, prepare for war, whether you voted for the 2023 agreement or against it our preparation for 2028 should begin now. With some big items left on the table it will likely be another tough set of negotiations so please be prepared. If you ask how could I be thinking about 2028 right now it is because I know that we are given nothing. Decades of strong UAW workers fought like hell to get what they could and set the path to get things that they would never enjoy themselves. Our cause is bigger than one round of negotiations; our cause takes longer than a lifetime. We fight for a better life for autoworkers, for working families, for the middle class, for a better country, state, community and union. Our hope is to leave them better off than we found them, just like the giants that came before us did. They did not quit when all of their goals were not met and neither can we.
You all made me very proud to be part of the leadership of UAW local 602, thank you from the bottom of my heart!