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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
April 30, 2017
President Dean Poggiali
Updated On: 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

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