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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
February 27, 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
Feb 03, 2017

Coming events

It will be a challenging year for all of us, so we need to stick together and support each other as union brothers and sisters.
There is a new phone number for the
UAW-GM Legal Services Plan. Effective Wednesday, January 25, 2017 the Plan began taking new cases. A new case can be opened by calling toll-free: 800-482-7700. For more info, see our website,
It’s not too late to make plans for this year’s Winterfest in February. This annual event is sponsored by the Oldsmobile Outdoor Club. The dates are February. 17-19. With ice fishing contests, Bingo, games for the kids and let’s not forget the indoor swimming pool. It will be fun for all, so come out and join us. If you would like to make reservations, call the host hotel, the Ramada Inn at 989-348-7611. Hopefully the ice will hold up.
Everyone’s looking forward to the Florida picnic in Bradenton again this year. It will be held on Tuesday, February 21. This is for UAW Locals 652, 602, 1618, 1753 and LAFCU, both hourly and salaried employees. As in recent years, it will be at the American Legion Kirby Steward Post, 2000 75th Street West (Between Cortez & Manatee Ave.). Register at 11 a.m., eat at noon. Meal and plastic tableware will be provided. For information, call Jere Auvenshine at (517) 626-2398 or Larry Miller at 941-746-6968 (home) or 941-920-2988 (cell).
Save the date: Sunday, February 26, 4:00 p.m. will be the Local 652 Black History program, at the Local 652 hall. With keynote speaker UAW International Assistant Director of the Civil and Human Rights Department Melvin Coleman. It should be a great evening shared by all.

Financial Secretary Bob Smith
Feb 03, 2017

Last words on the election

Democrats! Please tone it down a little bit! We had our chance – we didn’t finish the race! I know a lot of dirt was thrown on the track towards the end and our nominee couldn’t overcome it, but the race is over! As much as it may pain me to say it, Donald Trump IS the President of the United States.
It’s time to suck it up and accept the facts. The democratic process was followed and that’s the important lesson in all of this. The same process that has been used in this country for hundreds of years has given us a result. That process is the key. It’s what makes our country what it is!
I don’t care about Wikileaks or Russian hacks or locker room talk or income tax returns. The process was followed, a winner was declared and we move forward, although I pray that we never have to suffer through another election cycle as distasteful, disgusting, distracting and divisive as this one has been. This wonderful nation deserves so much better!
Now, with that being said, Donald Trump was not my choice for President, BUT I WILL HONOR AND RESPECT the office of the President of the United States. Which means I WILL honor and respect President Trump. He deserves no less.
Please, fellow Democrats, don’t demean the office because of the man. We demean ourselves and our party when we resort to that type of behavior. No matter your beliefs, we all must be for the office and institution of President of the United States. That is what makes us great again!
Don’t forget the Olds Outdoor Club Winterfest event taking place February 17-19 at the Ramada Inn, 2560 S. I-75 Business Loop, Grayling, MI 49738, contact info 989-348-7611. It’s good fun with good people! You’ll be glad to be a part of it.

Recording Secretary Scott Lounds
Feb 03, 2017

Civility and discourse
Each of us knows, works with, maybe even loves people who hold a different political view than we ourselves hold. Sadly, it has become harder and harder in this country to find people of different viewpoints who are willing, or able, to have an actual discussion about the division in American politics. Instead of a discussion everything seems to be a rage-filled monologue.
The sides seem to have drifted further apart, the proverbial aisle getting across. This divide is driven, at least in part, by factors that have arisen relatively recently. The scariest being the profit that can be made on hate, incivility, and invective.
It used to be that if I was liberal and you were conservative maybe we read a different newspaper, the Washington Post or the Washington Times, the Detroit News or the Free Press, whatever. While the editorial boards of these opposing papers would endorse different candidates and have columnists of different parties and views, basically the news was the news.
Now, people watch different channels, listen to different talk radio, get their news from different internet sources, and in the process get totally different news. On top of that, what was once the purview of the editorial page, and avoidable, is now a nearly unavoidable 24-hour-a-day circus. And this circus drives ratings, and those ratings drive money. That is the politics of today.
The views of Murdoch’s Fox News are not just driven by a far-right political agenda, but also the greater agenda of profit. Sadly, intelligent discourse and objectivity in the middle don’t drive profit, you have to go hard to the fringes to create passion and fervor. These groups manipulate the foundation of our democracy for personal profit.
This type of media works to widen gaps and to emphasize the importance of certain values and deemphasize and demean others. Not unlike the way the party that controls both our state and federal governments demeans, even demonizes, many of the values for which the Labor movement stands.
In response we must find ways to have civil discourse, make politics a marketplace of ideas, and not a marketplace of fear and loathing. To engage in civility and reason, one will have to swim upstream against cable news, Facebook and Twitter, but for democracy to thrive its citizens must realize a common ground and be able to engage in civil discourse.
It comes down to the old cliché that I might disagree with everything a person says, but, I believe completely in their right to say it—unlike our new President who wants to change the libel laws so that you can’t say it. (Okay, that might be a touch uncivil of me but I’m tryin’ here.)
We have to keep in mind that a person’s political views are not the totality of that person. In many cases they work, worship, or live where you do.
There is common ground on which to stand, and that is where we must start. In the end it is about striving for a better America.
We in Labor must continue to fight the good fight and continue to beat the drum for a society based on legal and economic equality for everyone. What other choice do we have?

Retiree Chair Mike Bauer
Feb 03, 2017

January 2017

Happy New Year everyone.
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.
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. For Lansing buses, contact Connie 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 Linda Francis (810-423-8661) or Diane Bauer (517-627-5895).
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.
The VEBA Trust will be holding a Medicare meeting at Local 652 on February 23 at 10:00 a.m.
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.
White Shirt Day is February 10. Sit Downers will be honored at Local 599, in Flint, starting at 11:00 a.m. Local 599 is located at 812 Leith St, Flint, MI.
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
Feb 03, 2017

January 2017

Ofelia Arias – Mother of Abel Arias
Marion Birchmeier – Mother-in-Law of David P. Thelen
Ivory Boatner – Mother of Israel DeGree
Debra Burke – Sister of Willie and Terrance DeBerry, Aunt of Tara DeBerry, Cousin of Kwincy and Matthew Smith
Bertha Davarn – Mother of Rick Davarn
Marguerite Foglesong – Spouse of Arnold Foglesong
Linda Gailey – Spouse of Robert Gailey
Donald A. Graham – Retiree
Tomas L. Herrera – Son of Scott Brown
James M. King – Father-in-Law of Jeffrey Belbeck
Frederick “Fred” Kretzinger – Retiree
Vernon Lance – Retiree, Brother of Ernest Lance and Bernice Chorley
Lester Law – Retiree
Daniel W. Miller – Retiree
Gloria Norris – Mother of Philip Norris
Gale Payne – Retiree
Paul Pelfrey – Retiree
Donald Priestley – Retiree, Brother-in-Law of Gloria Sanders
Thomas Quinn – Retiree
Robert Rose – Stepson of James Rose
Martha Swift – Mother of David Swift
Larry Tissue – Retiree, Father of Julie Luke, Brother of Russ Tissue
Geraldine Vanderwoude – Retiree, Sister of Mike Meyers
Rudolph Walley – Retiree
Charles R. Wassom – Retiree
Charles H. “Chuck” Wheeler – Retiree, Brother of Jack Wheeler
Mason “Dutch” Williams - Retiree
Donald R. Wilson – Retiree
Leon Wohlfert – Father of Mark and Marvin Wohlfert
Scott D. Wohlfert – Son of Keith Wohlfert
Carol Worden – Mother of Tony Worden
Thank-You’s were received from:
Thank-You’s were received from the following families:
The Family of Myrtel Belbeck
The Family of James King

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