|President Dean Poggiali
Doing for others
As we embark on a new year with some uncertainty for the direction of our country, we must be ready to face any challenges that may occur. Regardless of your selection of candidates, it is important that we are members of the human race first and foremost and must continue to strive for the common good.
Speaking of the common good, we had some wonderful results from some Local 724 outreach efforts during the holidays. The Local 724 total from the Old Newsboys efforts was over $2,800!! This includes the Local 724 donation, several Unit donations, and the facility collections.
All the Units did fantastic with their collections at the doors, but one worksite needs to be specially recognized. The Delta Dental Unit collected over $700 this year from union and non-union employees. They have consistently achieved fantastic results and we applaud their efforts.
The annual Toys for Tots collection was again a rousing success. With several units taking action to purchase donations, along with those dropped off at the hall, the small meeting room was like the Toy Department at Meijer with all the donations. The IMPCO Unit also conducted a door collection that generated around $200.
We would also like to thank our neighbors at UAW Local 652 for helping us with the delivery of the toys to the warehouse. I was on the mend, as I had carpal tunnel surgery, and was not able to navigate very well.
The Holiday Tree of Warmth was also overwhelmed with donations of hats, mittens, scarves, etc. We have had retirees drop off donations which are handmade and greatly appreciated. We also received a donation to purchase some additional items that was also put to good use. Thanks to Local 724 Financial Secretary and Women’s Committee chair, Debra Abent, who spearheaded this effort and made sure they passed on to the Highfields organization.
With the reduction of the third shift at the GM-LGR facility, the impact at this point is completely unknown. Although several of our Units have a supplier relationship with the LGR and LDT facilities, in many cases they also utilize temporary employees. The collective bargaining agreements spell out the laying off of these employees first before any bargaining unit members. We sincerely hope that this will be short in duration, but we will continue to monitor the situation.
That being said, we still have some collective bargaining agreements that will either expire, or in the case of our two new Units—Faurecia and Kirchhoff Van Rob—still need to negotiate for a first agreement.
2017 also brings the triennial elections at Local 724 for Local officers and Unit officers. The Local 724 Election schedule will be posted in the worksite bulletin boards as well as the Local 724 hall and the Lansing Labor News print edition and website. If you are considering running for either a Unit office or Local office, either speak to your Unit Chair or call the Local.
By the time this edition has reached you, the nation would have honored the teachings and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King was a man who always strived for the common good for all of society. His words have inspired many for decades. If ever you have an opportunity to visit his memorial in Washington, DC, stop and take in the aura that is there by the monument. People pose for pictures, stop to reflect on his words, say a silent word for peace and are moved by the presence of a great American. My wife and I have had the opportunity to visit there on several occasions with some of our grandchildren. I hope that when they get older they can do the same and reflect as we did.
On that note, here is something Dr. King so eloquently spoke in 1957 to a group in Montgomery, Alabama: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” The world is better place because of him and we must get back to his mantra and do for others.
|Financial Secretary Debra Abent
|Moving into 2017
By the time you read this, the Christmas holiday has passed and we will have celebrated the 2017 New Year. As we move into 2017, let’s hope for a brighter and secure future.
All of us at Local 724 would like to thank everyone for their donations, along with special thanks to Nicholas Lumsden for his generous donation to the Tree of Warmth. Our Holiday Tree of Warmth was a success; the hats, mittens, scarves and gloves will be given to the community for those in need.
Local 724 held the annual Children’s Christmas party for its members on December 4. The party was wonderful, the families had a nice time, and the children saw Santa Claus. They had many activities to participate in, and received a present from Santa. There were lots of smiling faces, and this year we added gift cards for the adults. Needless to say, this event is not possible without the help from Local staff, officers, and local members and their families.
And big thanks to Santa. He was a hit, and he does carry a Union card!
The Local Toys-for-Tots drive was a big success this year. Thanks to Huntsman, Impco, Alliance, Bridgewater, and Woodbridge units as several boxes were filled. Thanks for all your time making sure the children received toys.
So as we continue in the 2017 year, let’s still remember to buy American and buy union. We still have many of our sisters and brothers out of work, so let’s continue to help our own and make 2017 even more successful
|About Local 724
AMALGAMATED UAW LOCAL 724
UAW Local 724 was chartered on May 14, 1940. The Local consists of twelve different worksites that are part of the Independent Parts Suppliers (IPS) and Technical, Office, & Professional (TOP) sector of the UAW. The following are the Bargaining Units of the Local:
- Bharat Forge, affiliated with the UAW in October 1950, is the oldest worksite in the Local. They form steel parts for the automotive and agricultural implement industries.
- Huntsman produces tooling boards for the automotive, agricultural implement and aerospace industries. They joined the UAW in February of 1955.
- Industrial Metal Products or IMPCO produces sophisticated machinery that is used around the world. The skilled trades workforce formed their Unit In June of 1972.
- In April of 1980, the Delta Dental unit became UAW members. The membership provides customer support, data entry, and claims processing for dental insurance market.
- The Lear Mason workforce supplies seats for the Lansing Grand River General Motors plant. Their members joined the UAW in September 1999
- Regional Steel Distribution Center or RSDC also became part of the UAW family in September 1999. The membership supplies cut-to-length and blanking for General Motors stamping plants.
- Dakkota Integrated Systems, UAW affiliated since October 2004, supplies interior cockpit systems for the General Motors Lansing Grand River Rlant. They also produce parts for the Oshawa Canada plant and do some Ford Motors as well.
- In October 2004, the UAW was recognized at the Woodbridge Lansing plant. The membership provides the drive train/power train for the Lansing Grand River GM plant.
- The Dimondale Nursing Care Center provides care for those needing care that can’t be provided at home. They care for many of our loved ones and have been UAW members since October 2005.
- UAW members since February 2006, the Dr. Pepper/7-UP bargaining unit delivers and merchandises their products in the Mid-Michigan area.
- Bridgewater Interiors members produce the seats and headliners for the Lansing Delta Township General Motors plant. They joined the UAW in October 2006.
- The Alliance Interiors Unit joined the UAW in May 2007. They endured a month-long strike in order to reach their first contract. The membership supplies the interior carpeting and some sound deadening materials for the Lansing Delta Township GM plant. They also have some business for the General Motors Spring Hill, TN plant.
Currently the membership stands at around 2,000 members, although layoffs have impacted the active working numbers.
|Local 724 Units
The Alliance Interiors Unit joined the UAW in May 2007. They endured a month-long strike in order to reach their first contract. The membership supplies the interior carpeting and some sound deadening materials for the Lansing Delta Township GM plant. Terry Summerville is the Unit Chair
Bharat Forge, which joined the UAW in October 1950, is the oldest worksite in the Local. They form steel parts for the automotive and agricultural implement industries. Scott Kazmerski is the Unit Chair and the Unit has its monthly Unit membership meeting on the first Saturday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Bridgewater Interiors members produce the seats and headliners for the Lansing Delta Township General Motors plant. They joined the UAW in October 2006. Karac Brown is the Unit Chair and the Unit holds two monthly membership meetings on the second Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Dakkota Integrated Systems
Dakkota Integrated Systems, UAW affiliated since October 2004, supplies interior cockpit systems for the General Motors Lansing Grand River plant, produces parts for the Oshawa, Canada plant, and does some work with Ford Motors. Ron Dean is the Unit Chair and the membership conducts their monthly meetings on the second Sunday of the month at 3:00 p.m.
In April of 1980, the Delta Dental unit became part of the UAW. The membership provides customer support, data entry, and claims processing for the dental insurance market. Rhonda Cain is the Unit Chair and they hold their monthly meetings on the fourth Sunday of the month at 1:00 p.m.
Dimondale Nursing Care Center
The Dimondale Nursing Care Centerprovides care for those needing care that can’t be provided at home. They care for many of our loved ones and have been UAW members since October 2005. James Jackson is the Unit Chair.
UAW members since February 2006, the Dr. Pepper/7-UP bargaining unit delivers and merchandises their products in the Mid-Michigan area. James Moncada serves as the Unit Chair representing the Dr. Pepper membership.
Huntsman produces tooling boards for the automotive, agricultural implement, and aerospace industries. They joined the UAW in February of 1955. The Huntsman Unit Chair is Glenn Morrill.
Industrial Metal Products or IMPCO produces sophisticated machinery that is used around the world. The skilled trades workforce formed their Unit In June of 1972. Dean Paseka is the Unit Chair, with Ron Gilbert serving as the Bargaining Chair. The Unit meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 3:45 p.m.
The Lear Mason workforce supplies seats for the Lansing Grand River General Motors plant. Their members joined the UAW in September 1999. Shawn Weicht serves as the Unit Chair. The membership meets monthly on the third Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m.
Regional Steel Distribution Center
Regional Steel Distribution Center (RSDC) became part of the UAW family in September, 1999. The membership supplies cut-to-length blanking and slitting for General Motors stamping plants, along with other metal-related operations taking place currently. With Todd Collins serving as Unit Chair, the membership meets monthly on the third Sunday of the month at 12:00 p.m.
In October 2004, the UAW was recognized at the Woodbridge Lansing plant. The membership provides the drive train/power train for the Lansing Grand River GM plant. On the third Tuesday of the month, the Woodbridge Unit holds its monthly membership meetings with Bill Barrett serving as the Unit Chair.
|Local 724 Activities
By Todd Collins, Recreation Chair and First Vice President, UAW Local 724
Hello to all my fellow UAW members out there. Our annual Local 724 Golf Outing was held at Centennial Acres golf course in Sunfield on August 6. I would like to thank all the UAW members and their friends and family for coming out and making the day a huge success once again.
All of the hard work that goes into putting on all the events at our Local is definitely worth it when you see all of the fun everyone is having and the smiles on their faces. The true purpose for all of the recreation events we put on at the Local is to promote solidarity, not only within our workplaces, but outside as well.
I definitely can’t do all of the work by myself and would like to thank the volunteers who helped make the day a success once again. Terri Niblock from our Dakkota Unit and Dave Levine from our RSDC Unit were our Hole-in-One spotters. Our President, Dean Poggiali, checked the golfers in and made sure we got out on the course without any issues.
I would also like to thank our sponsors. UAW Region 1-C Director Norwood Jewell sponsored a $10,000 hole-in-one hole. Graff Chevrolet in Okemos sponsored a hole-in-one hole for a new Lansing-built Chevrolet Traverse. The law firm of Rapaport, Pollack, Farrell & Waldron also sponsored the event. Thank you to all of our sponsors for your support. I look forward to seeing you all next year. Solidarity!
|Local 724 Obituaries
Dewel (Dick) Hogan – Atlas Retiree
Versey Williams – Atlas Retiree
Jimmy Dean Cowley, Jr., brother of RSDC Unit member Lisa Flanders, passed away on February 17, 2015. Our condolences to family and friends.
Carl Joseph Fox, IMPCO retiree, passed away on 1-20-2015
Jason A. Field, Bridgewater Unit member, passed away on 1-23-2015
Maxine E. Mills, mother of Local 724 Financial Secretary Debra Mills, passed away on 1-25-2015
Retiree Christopher Arthur Hayward (retired from Atlas) passed away January 5, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
William Douglas "Doug" Barker passed away Oct., 6, 2012. He worked at Dakkota.
David E. Marchant of Dimondale Age 75, passed away on July 16, 2012. Dave spent 27 years working for Melling Drop Forge. Dave served on the Local 724 Election Committee.
Updated On: Jun 19, 2012 (11:17:00) We are sad to report the sudden passing of Al Snauko, a Local 724 member at the Bharat Forge Unit. Our condolences to his family, friends, and fellow union members. Thank you to Scott Kazmerski, unit chair at Bharat Forge, for this information.
Carolyn Evans passed away on July 4, 2010. She was presently employed at Bridgewater Interiors and formerly employed at Labor Source (Heritage)-Delphi. She was a member of UAW Local 724 for the past 10 years.
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