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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
April 30, 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
Feb 03, 2017

A leader sorely missed

Here is an article from the Lansing Labor News archives, dated April 18, 1968. This was shortly after the
assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was written by Local 652 member Grady Porter.
The nation mourns the untimely death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but America is a much better place because he lived. And the principles of love and nonviolence which were a part of his life will live forever.
His great love for people, his belief in equality, justice, brotherhood and dignity for all men gave hope to all men, and especially those who are oppressed.
I was privileged to have known the entire King family very well, having been a close and personal friend of his uncle, Joel L. King, who for eight years was a minister in the Union Baptist Church in Lansing. During this time the Reverends Martin Luther King Sr. and Jr. visited Lansing and we became close friends.
During the first mass demonstration in Washington, D.C., I accompanied the Rev. Joel King to the nation’s capital and attended, as a guest, a banquet given by the India delegation honoring Dr. King.
Deeply Honored
Yours truly was deeply honored, as well as grieved, to have been invited to join the bereaved family at the funeral. I also expressed the personal condolences of my local union, Local 652 UAW.
Labor also lost a great friend and leader. Dr. King had addressed many of the UAW National Conventions, and every Civil Rights Conference held by the UAW. When the assassin’s bullet struck, he was [trying to help] organize the sanitary workers of Memphis, Tennessee.
Never before in the history of a nation were so many people, great and small, important and insignificant, affected and stunned by the death of a single man.
I stood at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1963 and heard this man with a golden voice proclaim, “I have a dream.” In this dream he envisioned a world, especially an America, where love, justice, brotherhood and dignity for all men would reign.
Weep Together
In Atlanta, Georgia a week ago,
I saw a part of his dream come true.
I saw white and black weep together.
I saw white and black holding hands and marching together. I saw whites comforting and wiping the tears of black faces, and I saw black people comforting and wiping tears of sorrow from white faces.
I saw 250,000 people in solemn respect to a man who had given his life for the cause of love and freedom. Greater love hath no man than this when he will give up his life for a friend.
Christ preached love, turn the other cheek, patience, brotherhood, and justice for all—and they killed Him also.
His death made this world a better place to live.
Editor’s Note: Grady Porter, in addition to being a Local 652 member, was a veteran of the European campaign in World War II. However, he is best known for being an Ingham County Commissioner for 24 years. In 1992 the Ingham County building at 313 W. Kalamazoo Street in Lansing was named the Grady J. Porter Building. Perhaps more UAW members will take his example and run for office–and be elected.

Vice President Randy Freeman
Mar 15, 2017

On the move

We had a real nice Black History program this year with Melvin Coleman as our guest speaker. Congratulations must go to Mike Green for being awarded the E.S. “Pat” Patterson Community Service Diamond Achievement Award. Great job, Mike!
We had a great time at the Oldsmobile Outdoor Club’s Winterfest this year. Members and their families had ots of fun fishing and playing bingo, and lots of nice prize drawings.
We have the Adam Wils Motorcycle Safety Awareness Ride coming up this year on May 20. Come out and support all the riders. Look for more details on the UAW Local 652 web page or Facebook page.

Financial Secretary Bob Smith
Mar 15, 2017

Who to trust?

The limits of propriety have been reached! I cannot think of a time in my life that the social climate of our nation could be any worse! Conservatives bash liberals and label them free spenders, welfare lovers, anti-religious elitist snobs. Meanwhile liberals bash conservatives, labeling them greedy, war mongering, racist, separatist, Cro-Magnon isolationists!
Who’s right? Both! Both sides have a minority of these classes along with many others, not necessarily all good or all bad. Taken together, these groups homogenize into the political groups we have today.
The problem as I see it is the fanatics from both sides have learned that the information age allows them to reach many more people than ever before. These groups have become very adept at using the new tools at their disposal to influence their parties in sometimes horrendous ways and they’re using a form of pigeon-holing ideology to win their arguments.
If you happen to be on the left and you would like to move towards the middle on a certain issue, the group will label you heartless and unfeeling. On the right any sign of cooperation has you branded a traitor, a Godless immoral, or worse! We can’t continue like this.
The problem is there are no easy solutions. The proliferation of internet opinion sites that masquerade as news sites has everyone confused. You can find any opinion on any issue that you can imagine. Even the news sites that were once considered dependable have been so contaminated that they barely hold their own over the trash sites.
I’d like you to try a little experiment. Find a quiet corner, sit and think about where your information comes from. Who do you trust? When I tried this I came to the realization that I didn’t know who to trust! There are no Walter Cronkite’s, Ed Murrow’s, Chet Huntley’s or David Brinkley’s in today’s world. The kind of newsperson that earned our trust over many years. I don’t see that kind of honesty and integrity in any of this era’s news people and I’m not sure how we correct this situation or if it can even be corrected. I do know that I’m studying my news outlets with a jaundiced eye, no longer trusting because it’s CBS or ABC or CNN.
Perhaps someday another Cronkite will emerge. I certainly hope so, but until then, I’m going to be very wary of my news sources. Just remember, don’t live in an echo chamber. Don’t be afraid to listen to an opposing view. If you never hear a narrative that contradicts your world view, you are probably not getting the full story. The real story is always somewhere in the middle.

Recording Secretary Scott Lounds
Mar 15, 2017

Oscar Wilde defined an expert as an ordinary man away from home giving advice. Wilde died in 1900, so this was well before the internet and the advent of social media. If he was alive today Wilde might define an expert as any human being with a smart phone and wifi.
This is the age we live in, one where a person without knowledge or thought can put their opinion out into the greater world as fact. There are plenty of examples, just one being the “Bowling Green Massacre,” an event that thankfully never happened but was put out to the nation as an actual event.
Unfortunately, these sorts of “stories” on a smaller and more personal scale happen every day. Anyone who has Facebook or twitter or any other form of social media sees it. Your “friends” and co-workers will provide you with Contractual, Constitutional, Legal, Medical, or personal relationship advice all day every day if that is what you are looking for. With their opinions seemingly holding as much weight as those who might actually have knowledge that would help.
The truly sad part is that we have never in human history had access to the vast range of actual knowledge that we do today. At the stroke of just a few more keys than it takes to get on social media a person can read articles and papers written by scholars and true experts on virtually any topic.
But, fake news and alternative facts seem to rule the day. Everyone is an expert, even on topics they have no background in or knowledge of; the trained and educated are lumped in with the posers and con artists. This makes for difficult times.
When facts are malleable and even scientific evidence is ignored as hogwash, we are going backwards as a society, not forward. We in the Labor Movement must strive to overcome the alternative facts that our opponents in both the state house and the White House put forth against us every day and take solace in fighting the good fight. We can only fight untruth with truth, and “alternative facts” with actual facts.

Retiree Chair Mike Bauer
Mar 15, 2017

March 2017

Spring is almost here. Summer will be right around the corner.
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.
Upcoming event cancellations - please mark your calendars accordingly.
June 27th: Cards cancelled
July 4th: Bingo cancelled
August 15th: Potluck/Business mtg./Bingo cancelled
The Region 1D Retiree Travel Committee has a Myrtle Beach Show Trip in October. There are two buses leaving Flint and two buses leaving Lansing the week of October 1 - 7, 2017. There are also two buses from each location the week of October 8 - 14, 2017. Lansing buses-contact Connie Garner-Dunn (517-323-2146) or Kathy Sain (810-736-2524) for more information and to make your reservation for the first week. For the second week contact Diane Bauer (517-627-5895) or Linda Francis (810-423-8661).
The Region 1D Travel Committee also has an Alaskan cruise August 19 - 26, 2017. Contact Joe Couturier (810-743-9943), Stan Marshall (517-899-1921), Mary Duncan (810-787-6705) or Linda Francis (810-423-8661) for more information.
Euchre Tournaments will be held in Saginaw, Lansing, and Flint for retirees, spouses, and associate members. The first tournament will be in Saginaw, on April 21, at Local 467, 2104 Farmer St. The second tournament will be in Lansing, on April 28, at Local 602, 2510 W Michigan. The third tournament will be in Flint, on May 5, at Local 659, 4549 Van Slyke Rd. All tournaments start at 10:00 a.m. Arrive early to sign in and get seated so the games can start on time. You do not need a partner to play. You are welcome to play at all the tournaments if you like.
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
Mar 16, 2017

March 2017

Robert “Bob” Bodary – Retiree
Gloria Carter – Mother of Jim Carter
Martha DeLong – Mother of Al Bebow
David Frame - Member
Garold “Gary” Fulkerson – Retiree
Gerald Lindemann – Father of Ed Lindemann
Richard McDevitt – Retiree, Spouse of Chris McDevitt, Uncle of Cindy DeLau
Gary McKenzie – Spouse of Carol McKenzie
Gary Perdue – Retiree, Brother of Robert “Al” Perdue
Leonard Schneider – Retiree, Father of David Schneider, Father-in-Law of Rod Adams
Don Sieffert – Retiree
Gary L. Thomas – Spouse of Delores Thomas
Harrie Williams – Retiree
Thank-You’s were received from:
Thank-You’s were received from the following families:
The Family of Marguerite Foglesong
The Family of Richard McDevitt

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