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
Take back Michigan!
Our message to politicians should be that we will support those who support working people. What has Governor Snyder done for Michigan?
• Taxed retirees’ pensions
• Cut unemployment benefits by six weeks
• Right-to-work (for less) legislation
Surplus funds have come off the backs of workers, retirees, and unemployed workers, while the 1% don’t pay any increase. Our retirees and under-employed have to watch every penny to try and make ends meet.
Governor Snyder and his Republican representatives have, through their actions, made it popular to attack the middle class. On the national level, that same political thinking was ready to let GM go bankrupt. If they’d had their way, where would our nation be and what would Michigan look like today?
I and the rest of the UAW leadership and membership believe enough is enough. We must work to elect people who represent the working men and women. Governor Snyder, you told the Michigan voters that right-to-work legislation would bring new jobs to our state. Where are all those jobs you promised?
So far you have created a mystery surplus in the budget. We know that surplus came off our backs. If you use the funds to fix our roads and don’t create good-paying jobs to drive to, it could be roads leading nowhere!
Thanks to the UAW and bargaining units across our state–they are the real reason the investment in facilities and new products happen in Michigan. I can’t think of a better investment than the American worker.
Our Lansing Grand River members are a great example of when given the opportunity they deliver one of the best products and win awards that shine the light on Michigan and our Capital City!
Our hopes were high as we headed to the Detroit Auto Show to win the North American car of the year with our Cadillac CTS Sedan. We were the only luxury car to compete against the Corvette Stingray and won’t mention the other vehicle, as they announced the Corvette won. I felt we were already a winner; it was another GM product. The frosting on the cake came as GM’s Silverado truck was named North American Truck of the Year. Congratulations to all the membership for the job you do to help make this happen.
We want to thank all the UAW units who supply our parts to the UAW assembly plants that build the world-class vehicles. There is no workforce greater than the American workers and the UAW membership.
My sincere thanks for allowing me the opportunity to represent you. I never will take you for granted, but will strive to earn your respect and support.
|Vice President Randy Freeman
For your calendar
Upcoming important dates at UAW Local 652
February 9 – Membership meetings
February 14-16 – Oldsmobile Outdoor Club “Winterfest” in Grayling
February 18 – Oldsmobile Florida Picnic
March 1 – Women’s Mini-Expo 2pm-6pm, celebrating Women’s History Month
March 9 – Membership meetings (Daylight Savings Time begins)
March 13-15 – American Legion Veteran’s Resource and Job Fair at Local 652
March 29 – Cesar Chavez Celebration
April 13 – Membership meetings
May 16 – Pride Ride for Motorcycle Safety Awarenes
|Financial Secretary Bob Smith
Michigan budget officials recently announced that they expect the state to have in the vicinity of a $971 million dollar surplus this year and everyone in our state government had an idea on what to do with the money. Republicans are calling for a tax cut. Democrats would like to increase funding for education, restore the Earned Income Credit, and repeal the pension tax that was imposed last year. Local governments would like to get back some of the revenue-sharing that they’ve lost. Others are requesting more funding for roads, highways, and other infrastructure. Still others are suggesting to bank it or to use it to pay down the debt. Whichever strategy is used, I think we should first look at where the surplus comes from.
When Governor Snyder came to office he proposed a series of cost-cutting austerity measures. These included cuts to education, cuts in state revenue-sharing to local governments, the elimination of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. The list goes on and on. But let’s not forget what else he did. The $1.8 billion dollar gift in tax concessions to Michigan business was the crown jewel of his first years in office. So, in essence, he robbed from the poor and gave to the rich. (Funny, but that’s not how I remember that old Sherwood Forest story.)
So, here we are a couple years down the road and we have a surplus which in my opinion is largely attributable to the success of the automobile industry recovery. What to do with it? If our law y will first look at the people hardest hit by the austerity measures, the middle class and low-wage workers. Reinstating the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Credit would be great places to start. A reduction or full elimination of the pension tax would be another. Our state recovery should not be on the backs of the poor or those on a fixed income. Increasing school funding across the board, not just to those schools who “earn” it is another worthy cause.
$971 million may sound like a lot of money but it will be gone in a flash with the huge list of “wants” out there. I want you to contact your legislators and encourage them to help the ones who need it the most, the working poor and pensioners. A tax cut to everyone is a politician’s dream, especially in an election year, but I’d like to think that if we all communicate our common desires we may be able to influence them to do the right thing. What can I say, I’m an eternal optimist!
The Oldsmobile Outdoor Club is hosting their annual “Winterfest” family getaway at Grayling, Michigan starting on Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16. Registration starts at noon on Friday at the Ramada Inn of Grayling. This will be the location for registration and headquarters for all our events.
The weekend is packed full of events, starting with family bingo Friday evening. There will be a Poker Run, Snowmobile Safari, adult and kid’s fishing contests, good food, great company, and as always lots and lots of prizes!
Whether you are an old hand at the club’s “Winterfest” or a complete newbie you are sure to have a great time! Please come and join the fun!
Rooms are available at the Ramada Inn of Grayling, phone (989) 348-7611 and other area hotels. Please tell them you are with the Oldsmobile Outdoor Club. For more information, go to: www.oldsmobileoutdoorclub.com.
|Recording Secretary Scott Lounds
The Legislature, supporting the rich ... again
In December of last year the Republican-controlled State House and Senate passed legislation which was signed into law by Governor Snyder that doubled—that’s right, doubled—the limits on what an individual or PAC can contribute to a candidate for state office. This legislation passed without garnering a single vote from a Democrat in either chamber.
Statistics show that a very small percentage of donors ever reached the existing cap for individual donations. So then why raise the limits? I would say because the wealthy donors who did reach the cap can now give twice as much. These donors were almost exclusively Republican. Additionally, now the Republicans’ corporate bagmen can also give twice as much per candidate.
Our political system could do with less money, not more. On top of this, the legislature passed a new law on so-called “issue” ads. The Secretary of State had proposed rules that would have required donor disclosure for ads that were candidate-based if they ran within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of the general election. The Republican legislature shot down these rules and instead required only a disclaimer stating who endorsed the ad. There are no limits on what groups can spend on “issue” ads, and the people who pay for them can remain anonymous.
The Republicans claim this is a free speech issue. Well, no one is trying to limit groups’ ability to express an opinion, but the Republicans don’t seem to think we even deserve to know whose opinion ads are expressing.
The kind of groups that can now stay hidden by sticking to “issue” ads, meaning ads that do not directly endorse or oppose a candidate, are largely well-funded conservative groups. Probably the most anti-union, pro-business, pro-free market of these conservative groups is the Mackinaw Center for Policy Research, the largest conservative state-level policy think tank in the nation. It was established in 1987. largely with funding from the shadowy Cornerstone Foundation whose board included John Engler and a number of insurance industry executives. Its original focus was tort reform, driven by the liability of Dow Corning from faulty silicone implants.
According to its current president, some of the Center’s policy goals include modernizing labor laws, aligning state spending to its core priorities, protecting property rights, repealing counterproductive regulations and ending economic development programs. They want to attack workers’ rights, stop protecting worker safety and the environment, and stop funding programs for low-income areas.
Most alarming for the Labor Movement and Unionists should be the Center’s Publication of its “Collective Bargaining Primer” in which it makes the following assertion. That Unions do not necessarily represent the best interests of their rank-and-file members, nor do they act according to the wishes of their members. It went so far as to call for making public sector unions illegal in Michigan. But don’t think that means private sector unions are not on their radar. They were firmly behind right-to-work with the president emeritus and former economics professor stating, “We have got to do something bold, something dramatic. [Right-to-work] is the one best thing that can break the perception around the country that Michigan does not have a friendly work environment. Nothing would do that better than a right-to-work initiative.”
They spout their conservative propaganda through various media, with the vast majority of the funding for their publication being secret. Until the Supreme Court overturns its Citizens United ruling, this is the world we live in—one where deep-pocketed conservatives are spending money to shape the world to their vision.
What it comes down to for me is this. There are two reasons that groups hide behind anonymity and the current laws on disclosure. First, they think that if people knew who paid for the ads they could see the self-serving economic interest behind the millions of dollars spent each year; or second, they are cowards who do not have the courage of their convictions.
|Retiree Chair Mike Bauer
Happy New Year everyone. 2014 has started out with a bang—ice storm, power outages, heavy snowfall, and extremely cold temperatures. Having gotten that out of the way, let’s look forward to spring and a great year for everyone.
The following is our monthly schedule of events:
First Tuesday of the month is Bingo. The games start at 5:00 p.m.
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 card night starting at 5:00 p.m. Card night is for Locals 652 and 602.
Our bingo night, potluck/business meeting, and social night are for Local 652 retirees, spouses, and associate members only.
Our next social night will be April 8. Social night is for Local 652 retirees, spouses, and associate members only - no guests.
The Oldsmobile Outdoor Club has supplied us with the following camping dates and locations:
May 16-17-18 Camp Michawana, Hastings
June 13-14-15 White Cloud Campground, White Cloud
July 11-12-13 Leisure Lake Campground, Sumner
Aug. 8-9-10 Lakeside Camp Park, Cedar Springs
Sept. 12-13-14 Rocky’s Campground, Albion
Oct. 10-11-12 Michigan Trap Shooting Association, Mason
For further information, call Wagon Master Jay Courser, 517-323-2331. Camping is not limited to retirees; active workers who are members of the Oldsmobile Outdoor Club are welcome to join in the fun.
The Oldsmobile Florida Picnic is Tuesday, February 18, in Bradenton, Florida. It will be held at the American Legion Kirby Steward Post, 24000 75th Street West. Register at 11 a.m., eat at noon.
The Region 1C Retiree Recreation Committee is having a euchre tournament for the Lansing area retirees on April 30 at Local 602, starting at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. You do not need a partner to play. Please call 372-7581 ext. 147, and leave your name and phone number if you wish to play. The winners of this tournament will play the winners of the Flint tournament in the afternoon, at Local 602, following lunch.
The retirees are having a trip to Chicago September 9-12. Call Marni for details, 517-321-6871.
Any Local 652 retiree that has never been to Black Lake, or has not been since they retired and would be interested in going, should contact me at 517-372-7581 ext. 147. Please leave your name and phone number. Black Lake Educational Center is an integral part of understanding how politics affect our daily lives (and pocketbooks). Members will attend seminars where retiree issues are discussed. While the Center is a beautiful place, it is not a vacation; you must attend the seminars daily.
Condolences to all the families who have had a loved one pass.
The following members and associates are in our thoughts and prayers: Robert Abernathy, Jewell Carrier, Joyce and Herb Fernholz, Dave Hodges, Don & Helen Hogan, Dorothy Hoisington, Leonard Schneider, Bob & Lee Vergason, Mason Williams, Willa Wright, and any others we may have missed.
The Lansing Labor News is now online. You may access it at www.lansinglabornews.org
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 this email address: email@example.com
|Local 652 Obituaries
Derval D. Carter – Father-in-Law of Brian Van Neste
Johnnie Chappell – Spouse of William Chappell
Chad Cochran – Step-Son of Rex Hutchison
Walter Dexter – Retiree, Father of Ronald Dexter
Paula Gates – Sister of Moses Hobbs
Elizabeth Condra-Guzman – Daughter of Oliver Condra
Robert Law – Retiree
Robert “Bob” L. Lord Jr. – Retiree
Ralph V. Murray – Retiree, Father of Michael and Steven Murray
Douglas Rohrer – Retiree
Joseph Smolka – Retiree, Brother of John Smolka
Elizabeth Maxine Starbard – Mother of Darrel Starbard
David Thayer – Retiree
Gene F. Thompson – Retiree
Eva Waltz – Mother of Robert Waltz Jr.
Thank-You’s were received from:
The Elizabeth Condra-Guzman Family
The Robert Lord Jr. Family
The Elizabeth Starbard Family
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