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Lansing Labor News
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March 19, 2019
Local 652 Vice President Randy Freeman
Updated On: Feb 22, 2019

February 2019


On February 11th, I was in attendance of the White Shirt Day celebration in Flint, Michigan. I know it’s hard to believe that it was 82 years ago and that we are still fighting for some of the same things that our sit downers fought for back in 1937.
Well they are all gone, none of the sit downers are left to fight for us!  This means that each and every one of us must stand on their shoulders and take up the fight that they started. We must continue to bargain and demand for a better way of life, a life that includes a fair days pay for fair days’ work, a safe work place so that our brothers and sisters can go to work each day and return home to their families safe and unharmed, job security for our future and the future of our families and communities and to make it so that we can enjoy a retirement that is not burdened with unnecessary costs. Costs that make us have to decide between putting food on the table and getting medication we need to live.  We have never asked for more than just to be able to feed our families, put a roof over our heads and live a comfortable life. But now it just doesn’t seem to be enough to keep up with the cost of living.     
We are not greedy! We work or have worked hard for everything we’ve got. We bled and sacrificed for the company. We have always been loyal to the company. Over the years we have made the company good earnings, we have stood by the company in the bad times. And want nothing more than the company to stand by us.
It has been 82 years since the end of the great Sit-Down-Strike. Everything they fought for can we taken away, if we as a union don’t stand together and support each other. Workers and Retirees’, Traditional and Non-Traditional, Black and White, Men and Women even Democrats and Republicans, we all need to set our differences aside and find our commonality in that we are all UNION brothers and sisters. There has never been a time in history where we have needed to come together more than right now. So I ask you to please support each other in this coming year and the years to come because “WE ARE THE UNION”
 Solidarity for all

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