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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
June 24, 2018
Local 652 Vice President Randy Freeman
Updated On: Mar 29, 2018

Use Your Voice

At this year’s white shirt day celebration we were shown the movie clips of the 1936-37 Sit-Downers and Women’s brigade. We had the opportunity to see footage of those truly brave men and women who came before us and took on the company. Together they set in motion a labor movement that would change/ create the face of middle class American as we know it today and for generations to come.  It gave us the right to bargain collectively for safer working conditions, health insurance and a living wage, one that puts food on the table, allows us to buy a house, a car, and one that would allow us to support our families and helps send our kids to school. These are just a few of the things that we have gained.  But now these heroes for the middle class have all passed!

 Feb. 9, 2018 was the first year without at least one of them at our white shirt celebration in Flint. We are told that it is our turn to stand on their shoulders and beat the drum for justice for middle class America! When we beat the drum it’s for all middle class America, because an injustice to anyone of us is an injustice to all of us. We do this with boots on the ground, whether it’s walking a picket line or going door to door to support political candidates that support labor and our middle-class way of life. 

I can’t even imagine what it would have been like if instead of the Governor sending in the National Guard to protect the Sit-Downers protesting, he sent the Guard to forcibly remove all Sit-Downers from the property and they would have all lost their jobs. This would be similar to what happened to the Air traffic controllers in the 80’s when they all lost their jobs. There are groups out there that think you make and have too much and are trying to change laws that would limit your ability and right to collective bargaining. These groups don’t want you to have a voice let alone a collective voice!  So don’t ever think that politics don’t affect you, because every day some political group is coming after your way of life. Remember, the bread box is connected to the ballot box!

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