The holiday season is finally here. Time for a much-needed break with family and friends.
This last quarter has been busy. During the recent contract negotiations when the UAW went on strike, our local was called upon to “Stand Up”. We went on strike from September 29th through October 30th. I am extremely proud of all of our members for the way they conducted themselves. Members went out of their way to assist strike efforts in many different ways. Whether it was donating food, items to be used at picket locations, or just volunteering more time, it showed how strong our membership is when we stand united. And I would be remiss if I did not mention the absolutely amazing amount of support from both the public and businesses that we received. We had so many businesses donate all kinds of things to our members, from food to business discounts to hand warmers when it got cold. These and so many other things showed us they appreciate us and we, in turn, will continue to support those that support us. The amount of support from the public was overwhelming. Driving by and honking their horn raising the spirit of those walking the line, phone calls and emails expressing support, stopping and talking to members and telling them they were behind us when members were out and about proudly wearing the “wheel” – these actions further showed us we had an immense support base and helped bolster our efforts. Thanks to everyone!!
Now that we are back to work, Local 602 members have been gearing up for our new products which will bring back a 3rd shift. We are excited to have the new and revamped products. Customer enthusiasm has been great towards the early showings. With the ratification, LDT made a lot of our temps permanent. Congratulations to all new hires!!
In closing, I’d like to remind everyone to keep an eye each other during the holiday season. Reach out to those you might not have seen in a while. Let people know you are thinking of them. Holidays can be great for some, but others - some of whom may have recently lost someone – have a hard time. So please: be safe, enjoy yourselves and your family and friends, reach out to others and have a great holiday season!