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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
January 17, 2017
UAW Local 652

UAW Local 652 represents workers at Android Industries, the General Motors Cadillac Plant, JCIM, and Ryder.

Local 652 is located at 426 Clare St., Lansing, MI 48917

Phone (517)  372-7581

President Mike Green
Oct 13, 2016

Your vote is your voice

I hope the summer was a fun time with your family and friends.
We have been very busy at the local with some updates at the union hall and thanks to our retiree chapter for their donation to help out.
I am sure you feel like your have heard enough about the candidates but we must remember “Your vote is your voice!” For working men and women, that includes many issues for our people, such as education, Social Security, health care, and good paying jobs.
Our CAP Council has screened over 100 candidates on their positions on all the issues that face our members. Remember, our system allows Democrats as well as Republicans to receive our support if they support the issues that support working people.
We don’t tell our members how to vote. We tell our members why they should vote for our endorsed candidates.
Please see page 5 for a list of our vetted and endorsed candidates for the mid-Michigan area.
I would like to share a quote that was in the Detroit News on August 12, 2015:
“You can go to different parts of the United States and then ultimately you’d do full-circle—you’ll come back to Michigan because those guys are going to want their jobs back even if it is less. We can do the rotation in the United States—it doesn’t have to be in Mexico. [After Michigan] loses a couple of plants—all of a sudden you’ll make good deals in your own area.” – Donald Trump

Vice President Randy Freeman
Oct 13, 2016

A proud moment

I was very proud to receive the Douglas Griffith Community Service Award this year. What really made the day even more special day was having a lot of my family surprise me by showing up when I got the award. Not only was my wife Michelle there, but all of my kids, grandkids, one of my brothers, and my sister and her kids. Man, was it a great day! But no one person wins this kind of an award by themselves. It takes all kinds of support from all the people around you every day, from the people you work with to your friends and family. So I just want to take a minute to thank everyone for their support. And thank you for all you do!
Don’t forget that October is Breast Cancer awareness month and the yearly Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk at the State Capitol. It will be held on October 22. Register at 9:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 11:00 a.m. You should get yourself checked yearly because early detection means a better chance to beat breast cancer!
On October 13 Mainstay Capital Management will be holding a Financial Investment and Wealth Building class. This class will be held at Local 652 at 7:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., with each session lasting approximately one hour. This is open to all active and retired members.

Financial Secretary Bob Smith
Oct 13, 2016

Union hall gets updated

If you haven’t been in the area lately you should stop by the Union Hall and take a look. We’ve made a few improvements! We have replaced the suspended ceiling in the auditorium and installed a brand new audio/video system! No more garbled speeches or washed out videos.
We are also replacing or updating most of the fluorescent light fixtures with state of the art LED lighting. This lighting is brighter, runs cooler, and is many times more energy efficient than the old lighting.
We are hoping to cut our electric bills by a good percentage and along with a rebate program from Lansing’s Board of Water and Light we were able to reduce the cost of replacement even more. Many thanks to the Local 652 Retiree Chapter and the Ryder Unit for donating funds for these projects! Stop in and take a look!
Skilled Trades Christmas Meeting
The 2016 Skilled Trades Christmas Meeting will be held at the Local 652 Union Hall on Thursday, December 15 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm for all active and retired Trades. Food and beverages provided. There is a $3.00 donation at the door. For more info call me at the hall, 517-372-7581. Hope you can make it!
Election 2016
Last but not least. You didn’t think I could pass up a chance to talk about THE ELECTION, did you?
We have a choice this election cycle. A choice between someone who is campaigning using fear, anger and vitriol and one who has served the public in some capacity for most of her life. Someone who has used the bankruptcy laws to wipe out his bad business decisions not once but four times. Someone who has refused to reveal his income tax return because it’s “over 12,000 pages long.” Someone who is on his third marriage. Someone who has a pretty good catchphrase, “Make America Great Again!” but doesn’t present a cohesive plan to make it happen.
We must recognize this strategy for what it is! Donald Trump is a master of manipulation and he’s using the discontent of the electorate to pave his road to the White House. Don’t fall for it. Look behind the mask and see the person. He’s only in it for himself.
Please, vote for the people that support you! You can find a list of UAW supported candidates on page 5 in this edition of the Labor News. You may find it convenient to cut it out and take it with you to the polls. If the wrong people get elected we’ll all suffer!

Recording Secretary Scott Lounds
Oct 13, 2016

Thinking about the "other"
The “other” is an individual or group that is perceived as being different and not belonging. This otherness could be based on race, religion, sexual orientation, ideology, or social class. This year’s Presidential election, and really most elections since the rise of the Tea Party and other ultra-conservative groups, is largely about this idea of “otherness.” The far right believes in an America that is white and staunchly Christian, with no room for the “other” who don’t fit that demographic.
This November’s election gives a clear choice, on the one hand we have Hillary Clinton whose campaign motto is “stronger together” and on the other is Donald Trump who never misses an opportunity to place someone in that “other” category. Trump talks about making America great again by banning people due to their religion, which violates the Constitution, and by building walls.
He also wants to pit one region
of the country against another, by moving American auto jobs out of the unionized north to southern states with low wages, and then offer them back to places like Michigan for even lower wages once workers are hungry enough to agree.
Trump’s attack on the “other” was shown clearly in August when Trump chose Stephen Bannon to lead his campaign. Bannon is Chairman of Breitbart Media which has become the main platform for the “alt-right.” This is a once fringe political movement which even Bannon says attracts white supremacists and anti-Semitic groups. The “alt-right” is all about making people fear and mistrust the “other.”
Recently, Hillary Clinton made a statement that 50% of Trump supporters could fit into what she called the basket of deplorables, “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamo-phobic — you name it.” Clinton has received criticism from the right for this statement and from Trump who called her out for not uniting people.
Those critics are clearly missing the whole point of Clinton’s statement, which was about how those Americans who harbor hatreds based on the “otherness” of their fellow citizens have flocked to Trump’s banner.
The fringe elements of the right still rail about President Obama’s birth, and that the President is a secret Muslim, and that the LGBT community is somehow trying to recruit our children. And it is exactly those sorts of fringe actors and groups that Breitbart Media under Stephen Bannon has embraced.
I think it says a lot that Trump would put a man with connections to those groups in charge of his campaign. The idea of “otherness” goes directly against what the Labor Movement, and the UAW in particular, stands for.
Since the days of Walter Reuther the UAW has stood for racial equality, gender equality, and has espoused the ideal that we are all Brothers and Sisters within the movement.
Those groups that point fingers and try to get the working people to blame immigrants, minorities, and the “other” for the loss of jobs, power, or privilege do so to distract from the fact that this country is not divided so much along racial or religious lines but instead along economic lines.
The wealthy elites want the working class to blame the “other” instead of opening their eyes to the gross income and economic inequalities created by a system that more and more favors the wealthy elite.
Come November 8, please support those candidates who support working families and an America for everyone, even those different from you.

Retiree Chair Mike Bauer
Oct 13, 2016

September 2016

We made it through a blistering hot summer–looking forward to fall.
The following is our monthly schedule of events:
First Tuesday of the month is Bingo. Games start at 10:00 a.m. Participants bring your own snacks. If the Lansing School District is closed due to inclement weather our Bingo game will be cancelled.
Third Tuesday of the month is our potluck dinner and business meeting. Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Dinner starts at noon.
Fourth Tuesday of the month is cards starting at 10:00 a.m. Participants bring your own snacks. If the Lansing School District is closed due to inclement weather our Card game will be cancelled.
By membership action the November 22 and the December 27 cards are cancelled.
This is a very important election year. Everyone please get out and vote for your UAW-endorsed candidates. Don’t forget you can also vote absentee ballot from the comfort of your own home.
The annual VEBA Trust insurance meeting will be Thursday, October 6, at 10:00 a.m., at Local 652.
The Oldsmobile Outdoor Club has supplied us with the following 2016 camping date and location:
Oct 14-15-16: Michigan Trap Shooting Association – Mason, MI. For further information, call Wagon Master Jay Courser, 517-323-2331.
For any of our members or their families, who are ill or have lost a loved one, know that we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.
Condolences to all families who have had a loved one pass.
The Lansing Labor News is now online. You may access it at
The Food Bank could use our help. If possible, bring canned goods to donate when you attend retiree events. No expired food please.
Send your change of address to: Lansing Labor News, 210 Clare St., Lansing, MI 48917 Please include your current address and the old address when requesting the change.
If you have benefit questions, contact a benefit rep for answers. 517-372-7581 ext. 500
You may contact me at the following email address:

Local 652 Obituaries
Oct 13, 2016

September 2016

Bonnie Bartshe – Retiree
Myrtle Belbeck – Mother of Jeff, Wayne and Randy Belbeck
Euligio Bermudez Jr. – Retiree
Lyle Birchman
William Blake Jr. – Retiree, Brother of Shed Blake
Salvador Cantu – Father of Jeff Cantu
Maxine Lott Chelf – Mother of Juana C. Chelf
Willie B. Cotton – Retiree
Donald E. Davis – Retiree
Mark Doten - Retiree
Richard L. Ettinger – Retiree, Brother-in-Law of Randy Phelps
Terrence Fletcher – Retiree
Roy Frechen – Father of Randy Frechen
Kyle Gemalsky – Son of Richard Gemalsky
Naomi Gibbs – Retiree
Harley Goods – Father of Harley Goods
Magadlene Kerr Gothard – Mother-in-Law of Kenneth Croff
Richard E. Gyger Sr. – Father of Debra Couthen
Allan Hawley – Retiree, Brother-in-Law of Robert Lanz
Ted Hooker – Retiree, Brother of Leon Hooker
Dennis Hooper – Retiree
Michael “Mike” King – Retiree
Eskor Laughlin – Retiree
Russell Lemke – Father-in-Law of Darrell Taylor, Brother-in-Law of Vince Wieferich Jr.
Mark Letner – Son of Grady Letner, Brother of Denny Letner
Bacilio Lira – Retiree, Father of Robert Lira, Father-in-Law of SanJuanita Lira
Bernice P. MacGregor – Mother-in-Law of John Jones
Cary McGinn – Retiree, Bother of Gerald and Darryl McGinn
Theo Meredith – Retiree, Father of Jack Meredith, Grandfather of Ricky L. Meredith
Larry J. Moore – Retiree
Irene S. Nietling – Mother-in-Law Gary Drummelsmith
Robert E. “Bob” Patterson – Father-in-Law of Allan Maize
Adelbert L. Pung – Father-in-Law of Mike Heuer
Joan Rennells – Mother of Alan Rennells
James Rose – Retiree
Catherine S. Rouster – Mother of Marvin Choyce
Judith Strathmann – Daughter of Eskor Laughlin, Sister of Roger Laughlin
Arline Smith – Spouse of Roy Smith, Mother of Erick Smith
Ronda Vorce – Spouse of Gary Vorce, Daughter-in-Law of Dennis Duff
Richard Wenzlick – Father of James Wenzlick
Thank-You’s were received from:
The JoAnn Corn Family
The Guy Reynolds Family

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