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Local 4911 President Muhammad Qawwee
Updated On: Apr 25, 2024

March 2024

Happy spring to all my brothers and sisters of the UAW.   I was always taught, “You don't get something for nothing”.   Many of our members complain about what they want the union to do, how they want us to represent them, to get more wage increases and time off, but feel they do not have to pay any dues for the representation they receive.  It really has been brought to the forefront since the repeal of Right to Work in the state of Michigan.   The Senate and House bill to repeal went into effect on February 13, 2024.  When we bargain a contract, it is for all our members - new hires and senior members, those in entry level positions, and highly technical skill sets.  The contract covers all spectrums of our everyday work-life and ensures we improve how we are treated at work and how well we are compensated when we do come to work.  A contract will never be a magic pill that makes each workday rosy, but it will be a template to be treated with respect and dignity while you are an employee at any union workplace.  Also, for those who complain about the union…how about being part of the solution and not part of the problem.   We have a handful of members who make the decisions for the masses at our work sites.  Come to the meetings, read the monthly information, and get involved to make sure your thoughts, wants, and needs are being covered not only daily, but also during contract negotiation time.  One of the reasons I do what I do, is to make sure all people are treated equally, fairly, and respectfully.  I have been this way in my personal life and recently it has made me throw myself into running for public office.  Just as I want members to be informed on all we do, our communities that we live in should be informed and represented by someone who cares about the city and community in which we live.  Make it a conscious choice to get involved at work and within your community.   Donate time and resources to better someone else, as well as yourself.  Let’s make this city and state the best place to live, work, and play.

In solidarity, Muhammad

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