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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
September 19, 2018
UAW Local 4911

President Derrick McDuffey
Jun 27, 2018

May 2018

The year 2018 is off to a very interesting start.  The political landscape changes almost daily, but rest assured the relentless attacks on the Union Worker will remain the same. My thoughts on fighting back are that we need to build, strengthen and energize all of our local Unions by way of the rank and file member.
With so many millennials entering the work force, I think it is more important than ever for Union leadership to focus on engaging and embracing our young workers. Creating avenues and opportunities for young workers to serve begins with a true desire to identify and invest time and resources in them. 
We have all recently seen and heard the power and the voices of our young people, which were heard around the world, as they stood in solidarity against a lack of gun control in this country.  Those same youngsters will be what we call our “Young Workers”, entering the work force and being asked to join a Union and take up the fight as a Union member.  They will be tasked to affect change while protecting the gains of the great Union leaders of our past.
Young Workers are the future and I myself will be committed, not only to the current vitality of our Unions, but also to those young workers who need to be identified and equipped with the leadership skills
now, rather than later to protect the future of the middle class and to carry the torch into their future.

Financial Secretary Rose Van Schoick
Jun 27, 2018

May 2018

UAW Local 4911 will be hosting a picnic for our members and their families on Saturday, August 4th at Patriarche Park in East Lansing in lieu of having an Appreciation Day on the Sparrow campus.  It is with deepest gratitude that we show our appreciation to our members as we stand together in these challenging times of economic uncertainty.  More information regarding the details of our picnic will be announced as plans develop.

As many of you know, our contract expires this year on November 30th and the

Bargaining/Negotiation team will enter into contract negotiations later this year.  I hope everyone capitalized on the opportunity to make your voice heard by submitting your completed Bargaining survey and Recreational Event survey which was mailed to your home address.

Our union displays solidarity by standing together during negotiations to protect our interests.  Never before has it been so vitally important for us to join the rank and file to protect our collective bargaining rights.  We must continue our fight for a living wage, affordable healthcare, vacations, benefits, a safe and healthy work environment, etc.  It may also be a great learning opportunity for you to teach your family and children the history of unions and the battle we strive to continue today for economic fairness for all.

Please take an interest in what is happening during collective bargaining as well as on the legislative front with upcoming elections.  If you don’t think you want to get involved for yourself, then do it for your children or your grandchildren.  If you don’t, you may find them on your doorstep one day wanting to come home to live with you because they may not be able to afford to live on their own.

Link to Local 4911
Apr 07, 2011
Please see the Local 4911 website.
Archived Articles
Oct 13, 2016

Our Local makes me proud

I hope everyone had a safe winter and are enjoying the warmer weather we are having currently. I would like to thank the membership of UAW Local 4911 for their awesome donation of $1,500 for school supplies that were greatly needed at Averill Elementary School. With all of the cuts to education from the State Legislators, more teachers are having to buy supplies with their own money. Items that you would think should be covered as needed materials to benefit our children are not being made available to them.
I spoke with Mr. Kyron Harvell, the Principal at Averill, and asked him if our Local could help with this problem and he was very appreciative of the offer. I asked for him to send me a list of needed supplies and we would do our best to purchase what they needed. The list included from crayons, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, playground equipment, scissors, play dough, Kleenex, staplers, staples, hi-liters, markers, etc.
I then contacted Chris Wilson, the store director for the Okemos Meijer and told him what we were planning to do and asked if he could help us with the list. Chris asked me to email the list and that he would have a few team members gather everything together for us. When I arrived at the store, Chris and his team which, included Kaitlyn and Cindy, had gotten almost everything on the list and had it rung up. We just needed to gather a few more items.
We loaded everything up and brought it back to the Local to be put into bags and dropped off at the school. I contacted Mr. Harvell and let him know that we were able to get everything they were asking for. I also contacted Harold Foster from the Lansing Labor News so he could take some pictures and he graciously accepted and came over on short notice. We met Mr. Harvell on April 11 and he was very excited to receive the supplies that our membership had donated and could not thank us enough. I am very proud to represent such an awesome Local, one who cares about their community. (See page 2 for the presentation to Averill Elementary.)

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