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April 30, 2017
UAW Local 724

President Dean Poggiali
Mar 16, 2017

Another busy season

Hope this finds things going good for you and yours. With our weather on a roller coaster pattern, we are blessed with warm temps and sunshine one day and wind chill readings the next. On a personal note, I hope it is not too much crazier; with the temps as it was several years ago, as we lost all our apples. 
 It will be a busy time at Local 724 as several units will be negotiating new collective bargaining agreements, as in the newly organized Faurecia and Kirchhoff Automotive Units. Several more units will be entering into talks to renew existing current agreements. We hope that these talks will bring meaningful positive change for their respective memberships.
The recent Walk for Warmth was again a success in collecting donations to assist those folks needing help with their heating bills. 100% of the proceeds are used for program. Again this year there were several union members who saw that the cause is a worthy one. This was my 26th year of walking and my sincere hope is that we will one day no longer need to walk because everyone will not have an issue with heating the home for their families.
Another event that will be in May is the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) annual food drive. This one-day effort allows us to place nonperishable items by our mailbox and then either your carrier or a volunteer will collect the donation and get it to the food bank. This event will be on May 13 and we can always use volunteers. Please let me know if you are interested. Also worthy of a note is that this effort allows the food bank and area pantries to replenish their supplies, as a month later school is out. Many of our children and grandchildren get their breakfast and lunch throughout the school year. This can make a positive impact in our children.
The Mystic Lake Union Camp Committee (UCC) started meeting to grant scholarships to deserving area youth. The program has been a partnership between the YMCA and area unions since the 1940’s. Countless area youth have benefited from a week of camping at the Mystic Lake Camp, located in Lake, Michigan. Please contact me if you are interested in more information. 
The triennial elections will be taking place on May 8, 2017 at UAW Local 724 from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. These elections will be for Local 724 Executive Board officers and also Unit level officers. These elections will set the template for the next three years for those elected to represent the membership. 
“People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou


Financial Secretary Debra Abent
Mar 16, 2017
International Women's Day

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.
International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause.


About Local 724
Mar 05, 2010

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:

 

  1. 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.
  2. Huntsman produces tooling boards for the automotive, agricultural implement and aerospace industries. They joined the UAW in February of 1955.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The Lear Mason workforce supplies seats for the Lansing Grand River General Motors plant. Their members joined the UAW in September 1999
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10.  UAW members since February 2006, the Dr. Pepper/7-UP bargaining unit delivers and merchandises their products in the Mid-Michigan area.
  11. Bridgewater Interiors members produce the seats and headliners for the Lansing Delta Township General Motors plant. They joined the UAW in October 2006.
  12.  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
Dec 10, 2010


Alliance Interiors

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

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

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.
 

 

Delta Dental

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.

 

 

 

Dr. Pepper/7-Up

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

 

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.



 


 

IMPCO

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.

 

 

Lear Mason

 

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.

Woodbridge

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
Aug 17, 2011

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
May 04, 2015

May, 2015

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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