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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
December 14, 2018
President Bill Reed
Updated On: Sep 21, 2018

September 2018

We all know the famous Walter Reuther quote “There’s a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box, and what the union fights for and wins at the bargaining table can be taken away in the legislative halls.” – UAW Constitutional Convention 1970. How true these prophetic words have become.

Yes, this issue of the Lansing Labor News is full of articles directed towards politics. I encourage you to read each and every one of them. We’ve come to a point in our lives where the world around us has changed, and those changes are having negative consequences on our lives and the lives of our families.

There is no denying the war against working families and retirees. From the taxing of pensions to talk of reducing social security, fixed incomes are getting in a fix. Corporations have more rights than individuals while they poison our food and water. It’s a constant fight these days to earn a living wage and decent benefits. If we are to win at the bargaining table and in the legislative halls, it won’t be from business as usual. We will need to roll up our sleeves and join together with our vote.

The first step is taking time to understand why you’re being asked to support a certain candidate. Many hours of research, interviews and discussion go into the endorsement of each candidate. Within the UAW those endorsements are made by member volunteers who have been involved in the political process through the UAW CAP program. Those volunteers are in tune to the current issues that affect union workers, retirees and their families. They understand the pros and cons of proposed legislation and are in touch with the legislators who support or oppose those laws. Building relationships with those who have the power to change a law go a long way in helping them understand our needs and concerns as union workers and retirees. When we elect candidates who support labor, that relationship positively influences our future, and that’s a voice we cannot afford to silence.

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