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602 Vets Committee presents TM intro

UAW Local 602 Veterans Committee presents
Transcendental Meditation
“Practicing the TM technique has helped the stress and anxiety become manageable, and I can keep the lid on the jar now." - Gene “Dusty” Baxley, 82nd Airborne Ranger 
Come and learn how Transcendental Meditation can help you!
Introductory Presentation
Saturday, March 11
Time: 12:00 noon – 1 PM
UAW Local 602 Union Hall

2510 West Michigan Lansing, MI
Open to the public.
· Learn Why TM is so effective for stress and anxiety–50% reduction in PTS symptoms               
· Learn why TM works from the start and is so easy to practice
This course is not only for our Veterans with PTSD, but anyone that has experienced some type of trauma.  
Special grants are available for veterans, active and reserve service members to take the TM Course. The TM Course is also UAW/GM TAP eligible for those who have not served.
Presented by UAW Local 602 Veterans Committee. RSVP not necessary. See also this pdf:

Download: PTSD flyer from 602 Vets Committee.pdf
New Legal Services Plan
The new Legal Services Plan is called the UAW-FCA—Ford-General Motors Legal Services Plan (“Plan”). Effective Wednesday, January 25, 2017 the Plan will begin taking new cases.
A new case can be opened by calling this toll-free number: 800-482-7700.
Eligible participants in the Plan will include active and retired UAW-represented employees at FCA, Ford and General Motors and their surviving spouses.
What legal services or matters will be covered by the Plan? The Plan will offer an “office work” benefit, which will provide services for the following types of legal matters:
• wills and trusts
• powers of attorney
• purchase or sale and other uncontested issues regarding residential real property
• deeds
• uncontested family matters
• credit reporting
• contracts for goods or services
• residential leases
• birth or marriage certificates
• name changes
“Office work” services will include advice, document preparation, document review, factual and legal research, and correspondence. No representation will be provided by the Plan in court or in any litigation situation.
In addition to office work services, the Plan does provide UAW members and retirees with full representation, including attendance at hearings, for Social Security disability applications, suspensions and terminations.
For many legal matters that are not covered under the new Plan, or that require court activity, the Plan intake staff can still process a participant’s inquiries. Such matters will be referred to outside private cooperating attorneys, who will provide legal services to Plan participants at a reduced legal rate.
Republicans are planning to break unions for good

Excellent article on the Guardian site today. A couple of excerpts:
"A national right to work law has been a pipe dream of corporate lobbyists, the chamber of commerce, the Koch brothers, and the politicians on their payroll for decades, and is about to become a reality. ...
"The main lie told by right to work proponents is that such laws put an end to “compulsory union membership.” It’s flat out false; there is no such thing, and hasn’t been since 1947, when the Taft Hartley Act made the closed shop – a type of contract where union membership was a condition of employment – illegal. Nowhere in the US, whether you’re in a right to work state or not, can you be forced to be a member of a union, or fired for refusing to join one.
"The second lie is that such laws protect workers from having their dues money go to political causes they don’t support. Nowhere in the country can you be forced to donate to a politician, campaign, or political organization you don’t support. If you’re a dues-paying union member, you already have a right to simply not donate to your union’s political fund, and plenty of union members exercise it.
Check it out at:

January Labor News uploaded
In case you missed it, the January issue of the Lansing Labor News is available above or at this link.
Local 602 Women's Int'l Day Event March 5
UAW Local 602 Women’s Committee presents
Women’s International Day Celebration

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Gretchen Whitmer
As a former Democratic member of the Michigan Senate and Senate Democratic Leader, she's fought to protect workers’ rights and held our government officials accountable. On January 3, 2017, Whitmer announced her intention to run for Governor of Michigan in 2018 as a Democrat.
2510 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing MI 48917
Light lunch will be provided
Also see this flyer:
Download: Womens Intl Day Flyer 1-26-2017.pdf
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