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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
September 29, 2016
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
May 04, 2016

Good news on new members
ft is all in place and all three shifts are now fully utilized. Once again I want to welcome our new hires to the UAW family. We’ve very happy to report that 100 percent signed up to join the union!
Ted Krumm, Local 652’s Shop Committee Chairman, reported that over the last year 1,100 new Social Security numbers were added to our Lansing Grand River plant and Local 652, and that 150 members of 652 retired. Congratulations to all.
Distinguished Service Award
Have you ever been surprised at an event? Well, add me to the list of being surprised. At this year’s Standing Committee Conference I received the “Walter P. Reuther Distinguished Service Award.” My immediate thought was that our membership deserved this award, with your donations and gifts to the less fortunate than ourselves. On behalf of all our membership, I accepted this award. Thanks to each and every one who made this possible.
The 50th anniversary Camaro SS will be the pace car at the Indy 500 this year. We’re very happy to be building the new generation of Camaros. I think I might watch this race!
Stay safe this summer and check out the Lansing Labor News website for news and endorsed candidates this year. We will screen any candidate who asks for the UAW-CAP endorsement here locally. The screening process will recommend to our membership in our Region 1D CAP Council area.
These candidates will be asked where they stand on labor issues and if they support issues that are important to labor. We ask our members to vote for them and make our voice heard.

Vice President Randy Freeman
May 04, 2016

Be a life saver

I was up at the Oldsmobile Outdoor Club’s Winterfest this year, which was held at the Ramada Inn in Grayling. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. But while we were there, one of the little kids had a spell and fell to the ground and stopped breathing. Luckily for him, Local 652 member Matt Bowen was there to step in and take charge. He helped save this little guy’s life.
By using life support training that he had received over the years as a volunteer fireman, Matt helped control the situation. We thanked Matt a few different times for all he had done. But it still makes me wonder “What if?”
What if he wasn’t there that day? Or what if something like that were to happen to one of us or one of our kids or grandkids when no one is around but you? How would you have handled it?
So I’m going to look at this as an opportunity to update my BLS/CPR, as should you. And if you haven’t had Basic Life Support or CPR training, take the time to get some.
The American Red Cross has a weekly or bi-weekly class year-round. You can contact them at 1-800-733-2767 or go online at to schedule a class. And for those of you who are working in a GM plant, ask for some ERT training because you never know when it may be you left alone to try and save your loved one..

Financial Secretary Bob Smith
May 04, 2016

A little Trump goes a long way

With the presidential primary season in full swing, I wanted to comment on a strategy that the Republicans, specifically “The Donald,” has been espousing recently. It’s an idea that’s particularly meaningful to members of the auto industry: opposition to trade. On many of his campaign stops, especially in the so-called Rust Belt, he’s arguing that America has lost many of its manufacturing jobs because our trade negotiators aren’t smart or tough enough to work out shrewd deals with Mexico, China, Japan, etc. He’s promising that if he’s elected President he’ll bring these jobs home, apparently by reopening negotiations and being “more shrewder” than our current negotiators. A lot easier said than done, Mr. Trump. But it is an example of his strategy to win the White House. Find an angry, disenchanted block of voters and say anything to appeal to them, no substance necessary (and by the way, Trump is not the only GOP candidate to use this tactic)!
Although NAFTA and things like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, now being debated add to the problem of out-sourcing and offshoring our jobs, the simple fact is a company will go wherever they can to realize the most profits. Why pay someone in Michigan a living wage when they can pay slave wages in any number of countries around the world. But headway is being made. Higher wages are being realized by many of these countries, changing the cost balance more in our favor. Along with lower cost energy availability in the US and the advantage of bringing production closer to consumers, over a million manufacturing jobs have been created here in the past six years. Nowhere near our heyday in the ‘70’s, but a step in the right direction. Trump claims he can return many more of these lost jobs by changing trade agreements and tariffs, but with efficiency increases and technological advances many of these jobs will never return.
One claim that is incredibly irksome to me is that he will save the auto industry and restore it to its past glory. The last time I looked he was a few years too late. As a matter of fact, a good percentage of those manufacturing jobs created in the last six years can be directly attributed to the domestic auto industry! AND the people that are most responsible for that success are the autoworkers themselves, the people that took sacrifices during the bankruptcies to insure that there would be future jobs available. AND let’s not forget that President Obama stuck his political neck out for us and we should forever be thankful for his courage and leadership during that crisis.
The auto industry is healthier today than it’s been in decades and Trump and the rest of the Republican Party can take none of the credit. Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric is fear mongering at its worst! Don’t fall for it!

Recording Secretary Scott Lounds
May 04, 2016

Get out the vote
I was listening to NPR on the way home from work the other day and the results of the New York primaries came on. There was, of course, the usual discussion of the winners and losers, Ted Cruz spinning out some oily excuse of why losing to Trump in New York was okay and actually proved the people wanted him as their next president, and political commentary. But what I found most fascinating was the opinions about candidates gathered from the “man on the street” across the country.
One man in particular stuck out. He was a 69-year-old Trump supporter from Texas. A self-professed patriot and lover of America. A man who has been eligible to vote for about five decades. A man who admits he has never voted in his life. No, not admits, by the tone of his voice, is actually proud to never have voted. What fascinates me is how you call yourself a patriot and lover of America when you have never fulfilled the most important duty of a citizen of this country, the duty to vote.
The revolt against Britain and the founding of this country were largely based on the belief that the people should have the ability to form a government of the people and for the people. Central to that is the right to vote.
Unfortunately, this man is not alone in his failure to vote. Every election cycle, millions of eligible voters stay home and abandon their rights. Sadly, too many of the citizens who fail to exercise their voter rights represent those groups—women and minorities—who had to fight the longest and hardest battles to gain this precious right. It seems unconscionable that anyone who truly believes themselves to be a patriot and lover of this country would not vote.
I have heard many excuses for not voting. One of the most common is the idea that voting does not matter. Really? In 2008 a Senate race in Minnesota came down to less than 200 votes out of over three million. Right here locally a State Representative vote was almost as close. The 2000 presidential election came down to a tiny number of highly contested votes in Florida. So each vote matters, and this is especially important for progressives and Democrats, who in this state have a substantial majority of eligible voters and generally win and lose based completely on turnout.
Another excuse for not voting that I hear frequently is that all politicians are the same and that the system is rigged, or some other term. First of all, not all politicians are the same, and the parties are not the same either. If you cannot tell the difference between two candidates, you are not looking very damn hard. Even within parties, people have different views, backgrounds, and records; across party lines the gulf is huge. If you cannot tell the difference between what the Democrats and Republicans stand for, I weep for you.
As for the system being rigged and controlled by the moneyed interests, which too often it is, do you think this happened by accident? No, it was the election of right-wing pro-business Republicans, starting in the 1980’s, that caused this. Corporate America and its leaders supported and helped elect those who would wipe away limits on spending and regulation on business in all areas, but it was the misguided and apathetic electorate that allowed this to happen. Remember, no matter how many millions the DeVos family or Koch brothers spend on elections, every DeVos or Koch only gets one vote, same as you and me.
Want to change the direction of the state? Do away with right-to-work? Get rid of emergency managers and corporate tax cuts? If so, your vote, and those of your friends and family, do matter. The last four years have seen a concerted effort by Republicans across this country to make it more difficult to vote and to suppress voter turn-out. They know they are in the minority, they know that they represent the few against the many. Why else engage in systematic voter suppression?
So you want to show true patriotism? Use the rights brave men and women fought and died for and go to the polls and elect those candidates who support working families, our communities, and the power of the people, not the power of corporations.

Retiree Chair Mike Bauer
May 04, 2016

May 2016

Spring has sprung. Welcome back snowbirds.
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.
By membership action the July 5 Bingo and the August 16 potluck/business meeting is cancelled.
The area wide luncheon at Royal Scot will be August 9, starting at noon. Royal Scot is located at 4722 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing.
The Oldsmobile Outdoor Club has supplied us with the following 2016 camping dates and locations:
May 13-14-15 Camp Michawana – Hastings, MI
June 10-11-12 Snow Lake Kampground – Fenwick, MI
July 8-9-10 Leisure Lake Family Campground – Sumner, MI
Aug 12-13-14 Lakeside Camp Park – Cedar Springs, MI
Sept 9-10-11 Rocky’s Campground – Albion, MI
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
May 04, 2016

May 2016

Dorene Arens – Wife of William Arens, Mother in Law of Steve Duling
Perry D. Babb – Brother of John Babb
Robert G. Barrett – Retiree, Father of Bill Barrett
Joan Lee Sidel Bierens – Mother of Elbert Sidel
JoAnn Corn – Wife of William Corn
Michael Davis – Brother of I’mogene Thomas
Diana DeLong – Mother of Jason DeLong, Mother in Law of Holly DeLong
Richard “Joe” Ege – Father of Jim Ege
Sharon L. Evans – Retiree
Jon Griffin – Retiree
William Handley – Retiree
Howard Knott – Retiree
Thomas D. Leaf – Retiree, Husband of Nancy Leaf, Father of Mike Leaf
John “Thunder” Lewis Jr. – Retired
Norman Love – Retiree, Father of Samuel Love
Uri “Sonny” Miller – Retiree, Father of Karen Lopez, Father in Law of Rudy Lopez
Dean Norris – Father of Philip Norris
Scott Palmer – Retiree
Jared J. Peek – Son of Tom Peek, Brother of Tyler Peek
James Robertson – Member
Terry Robinson – Retiree
Guy Reynolds – Retiree
Henry Shepard – Retiree
Paul Soyka – Father in Law of Randy Frechen
James “J.T.” Taylor – Retiree
Diane Ruby Volz – Mother in Law of  Robert Robinson
652 Thank You
From the family of JoAnn Corn

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