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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
August 18, 2017
UAW Local 652

UAW Local 652 represents workers at Android Industries, the General Motors Cadillac Plant, JCIM, and Ryder.

Local 652 is located at 426 Clare St., Lansing, MI 48917

Phone (517)  372-7581

President Mike Green
Jun 05, 2017

Reflections on retiring

I want to thank every member at Local 652 who gave me their vote of confidence through the many years of my campaigns to represent you and your families at the negotiating table and in our community. Remember, our voice will be heard if we use it—so don’t give it away. Here are some highlights of my career with this great Local.
I have been a Lansing GM employee and a UAW member since 1978. I joined the company as a 17 year old. I am a third generation GM employee. One of my proudest moments is that my sons are currently fourth generation GM employees. And now there may be hope for a fifth generation with my two grandsons, Phoenix and Duncan.
I have served one term as an alt-district committee, 6 years as district committee, 15 years as Shop committee, 9 years as vice-chairman of the shop committee and the last 3 terms as the President of UAW Local 652.
I was a Delegate to the 29th through 36th Constitutional Conventions, as well as a delegate to the National Bargaining Conventions for 1990, 93, 96, 99, 2003, 07, 11 and 2015.
I have served on local negotiations for 1993, 96, 99,2003,07 and 2015. I have also served as the Alt-Top Negotiator for Sub.2 in the UAW/GM National Contract negotiations for 2015.
Another one of my favorite and proudest moments of my career is seeing the membership meeting my goals of all the plants being fully utilized with three shifts. Along with winning the 2013 North American Car of the Year for the Cadillac ATS and winning the Motor Trend Car of the Year again and again and again—once in 2008 for the CTS, 2014 CTS and 2016 Camaro. Having two of these cars going down the line at the same time is unprecedented.
And as I have always said; “That just shows the work ethic in Lansing and how much pride our membership has taken over the years to build the best quality vehicles in the world.”

Vice President Randy Freeman
Jun 05, 2017

Appreciating Mike Green

I would like to take a minute and thank all of you who supported me in the last election. I am happy to say that I won my election on May 9 and in doing so I am very humble and proud to be your next Local 652 President. I look forward to representing all of you in the years to come. 
I have had the privilege of working with one of the best presidents Local
652 has ever had, President Mike Green. I’ve seen him stand up and represent UAW Local 652, helping us make it through one of the worst times in our history!
Every chance he got, with the company, in the news, on Capitol Hill at the House and Senate, President Mike Green has taken every opportunity to tell our side, our story.
He has let the whole world know that in Lansing, Michigan we have the best work force in the world, building the best quality cars that can be built. And making the company stand up and take notice with the numerous awards our members have earned, from North American Cars of the Year to Motor Trend and JD Power awards.
As he has always said, “Can you think of a better investment than in the American worker? I can’t.” Always asking and pushing management: “When are you getting us some more products? Do you see what our members are doing in Lansing?”
President Mike Green has always stood up for, and put a face to, our retirees. He has always made it clear to the world that “legacy costs” are more than just some words the company and government use to express a financial burden. But it’s the retirement and benefits that our retired members get after working hard for years, doing what was asked of them for over 30 years, some over 40 years with the company. Our members have spilled blood; some even died to make this company what it is today! 
President Mike Green has always been a full-service president with an open door policy, welcoming anyone that came through his door, especially the kids.
Mike enjoyed the kids, he has always kept a little something in his drawer for them, maybe a toy or a snack or even a dollar coin for the treat box.
From helping prepare the food for some of the events at the Local 652 union hall, to help making coffee and hot chocolate that we bring out for most of the events, like the Breast Cancer walks, Olds Outdoor Club’s “Olds on the Ice Winter Fest,” Mike has pitched in. He has always given snowmobile rides and supplied a place to warm up.
It was not uncommon to see him plowing out the snow in the parking lot to help the hall save some money and so that it would be safe for the retirees when they came over and parked early in the morning before going on a trip. 
Thank you, President Mike Green for not only all you have done for me, but for all you have done for the UAW, our members at Local 652 and communities of the Lansing Area!
I will miss coming to the President’s office in the morning and not seeing Mike Green already there, ready to go!
Mike, you will be missed!

Financial Secretary Bob Smith
Jun 05, 2017

Welcome to summer

Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of summer and I have to tell you, it’s been a loooong winter! It will be nice to have a little good weather and I hope Mother Nature gives us a bunch.
It’s been a busy time at the Hall this spring. Our triennial elections were held and I’d like to congratulate all the members who took time to participate. I really enjoy the elections, the camaraderie, the campaigning, the oldies but goodies … “Hey, here’s Bob, must be election time again!” Yes, wouldn’t miss it.
But seriously, I’d like to thank everyone who participated. Whether you won or lost, were a supporter or an opponent, you involved yourself in a critical process that makes us stronger as a whole. It keeps us on task, focuses our efforts, reminds us who we are serving and gives us the guidance we need to keep our organization strong and moving in the right direction. Thank you to all!
Meanwhile …
President Trump (I still can’t believe I’m saying that) has been busy, filling out his cabinet and his other government positions, firing people whom he doesn’t like, trust or in general agree with. (A hint for people of the Beltway, if you’re involved in any investigations concerning the President or his aides, don’t get too comfortable in your surroundings. Change may come very quickly!)
He and his Republican hangers-on have proposed many changes, not the least of which is a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Traditionally, when legislation is proposed, the Congressional Budget Office publishes a report projecting costs and consequences of that legislation. The House chose not to wait and passed a bill that they assured would cut costs, give better coverage, give coverage for previous conditions and overall, make Americans forget all about Obamacare.
Recently the Congressional Budget Office published their report and we find that the proposal would in fact remove coverage for over 14 million people immediately and the total with lost coverage would jump to 23 million by 2026. The sad part is the people losing coverage are the people that Obamacare helped the most, the poor and people that are enrolled in private, non-job based plans.
The CBO also concluded that premium costs, especially for older Americans and people with previous conditions, would increase dramatically. Older Americans would pay 10 times more than a young adult and 9 times more than under Obamacare.
Additionally, the report indicated that starting in 2020 individual markets in areas of the US representing 1/6 of the population would become unstable and unsustainable! This is not what I would consider an improvement over current law! 
We already know what happens when we have great numbers of uninsured. Health care costs rise dramatically. The uninsured become a burden because their only avenue when sick or injured is the emergency room. We’ve seen how that works … It doesn’t! Please contact your representative and tell them we need a better solution. Going back to the old way is not a solution, it’s a nightmare!
The Local 652 Women’s Committee is holding a “Save the Girls” Golf Scramble for breast cancer awareness at Centennial Acres on July 22. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:00. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society to find a cure and put an end to Breast Cancer! Everyone welcome. Cost is $75 per person and food and refreshments are provided. Reserve your team by July 14 at Local 652. 
Call 517-372-7581 for more info. Please come and participate in this event!

Recording Secretary Scott Lounds
Jun 05, 2017

Overtime vs. comp time
Sometimes what seems on its face to be a good thing has hidden perils; and when I see groups like the Chamber of Commerce or the Society for Human Resource Management, two pro-business/anti-worker groups lining up to sing the praises of a new piece of legislation, I immediately become suspicious. Case in point is the latest from our friends in Congress.
The United States House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would let private sector employees choose either time-and-a-half overtime pay bill with the grandiose name of The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 was—as has become commonplace—passed along party lines. The bill, on its face, allows eligible employees to choose comp time to be used at a later date instead of receiving immediate pay for overtime hours. 
Supporters of the bill, which includes most pro-business groups, play up the flexibility the new rules will give to employees. But, to me, this is overshadowed by the fact that workers are required to give “reasonable notice” before being granted this time off and employers are not required to grant the comp time if it would “unduly disrupt” the workplace.
As a lawyer and someone who has worked as a Committeeperson, the language used in this bill—such as “reasonable” and “unduly”—is ripe for argument and conflict. The meaning of the term “reasonable notice” will certainly end up being defined by the courts, as will “unduly disrupt.” So in the meantime the employers will undoubtedly be putting restrictions on when comp time is used that harms workers and helps management. Management will bank on the fact that most workers will be unwilling or unable to fight a court battle to determine what the definition of “reasonable” is under this proposed law.
Now, if you are lucky enough to be working under a collective bargaining agreement, these issues can be solved through negotiations and the grievance procedure. But imagine if you were an at-will employee working on a low-wage job, or even a high wage job. Without the protections of a union, not many people will be willing to fight the company’s definition of “reasonable notice” or what “unduly disrupts” the workplace, when doing so will likely lead to their termination.
A similar problem would be the policing of the choice of overtime or comp time being up to the employee. The proposed law speaks to the choice being free from employer pressure or coercion, but without a union, who is there to make sure that these rules are followed? The courts? Again, the type of workers most affected by these rules will likely not have time or money to pursue action through the Federal Court system.
In the end, this bill reduces worker incomes in the long term and does not provide useable protections to the employees. But, with the Republicans and the Chamber of Commerce backing it I am not surprised that it is anti-worker.

Retiree Chair Mike Bauer
Jun 05, 2017

May 2017

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.
The following is our monthly schedule of events:
First Tuesday of the month is Bingo. Games start at 10:00 a.m. Participants bring your own snacks. If the Lansing School District is closed due to inclement weather our Bingo game will be cancelled.
Third Tuesday of the month is our potluck dinner and business meeting. Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Dinner starts at noon.
Fourth Tuesday of the month is cards starting at 10:00 a.m. Participants bring your own snacks. If the Lansing School District is closed due to inclement weather our Card game will be cancelled.
Upcoming event cancellations - please mark your calendars accordingly.
June 27th: Cards cancelled
July 4th: Bingo cancelled
August 15th: Potluck/Business mtg./Bingo cancelled
The Lansing Area Retiree Luncheon will be Tuesday, August 8, at the Royal Scot. Doors open at 11:00 a.m., lunch is served at noon. Royal Scot is located at 4722 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI.
Fall Euchre Tournaments will be held in Saginaw, Lansing, and Flint for retirees, spouses, and associate members. The first tournament will be in Saginaw on September 8, at Local 467, 2104 Farmer St. The second tournament will be in Lansing, on September 15, at Local 602, 2510 W Michigan. The third tournament will be in Flint on September 22, at Local 659, 4549 Van Slyke Rd. All tournaments start at 10:00 a.m. Arrive early to sign in and get seated so the games can start on time. You do not need a partner to play. You are welcome to play at all the tournaments if you like. The spring tournaments were a lot of fun. If you enjoy euchre, come join in. There is no cost to play.
For any of our members or their families, who are ill or have lost a loved one, know that we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.
Condolences to all families who have had a loved one pass.
The Lansing Labor News is now online. You may access it at
The Food Bank could use our help. If possible, bring canned goods to donate when you attend retiree events. No expired food please.
Send your change of address to: Lansing Labor News, 210 Clare St., Lansing, MI 48917 Please include your current address and the old address when requesting the change.
If you have benefit questions, contact a benefit rep for answers. 517-372-7581 ext. 500
You may contact me at the following email address:

Local 652 Obituaries
Jun 05, 2017

May 2017

Robert “Curly” Brown – Retiree
Darlene J. Brownlee – Retiree, Mother of Larry Brownlee, Sister of Audrea Mills, Sister-in-Law of Gerald Mills
Aulden Burkholder – Retiree
Howard Cogswell – Retiree, Father-in-Law of Howard Ehresman
David A. Crowner – Retiree
James E. DeBoer – Father of Amy Rosie, Father-in-Law of Paul Rosie
Steven DePeel – Retiree
Gilbert Droste – Retiree
Grace Fedewa – Mother of Albert, Stan and Michael Fedewa
Linda Foote – Spouse of Terry Foote
Genevieve Gearhart – Mother of Randy Browne
Larry Glasscoe – Retiree, Brother of Deb Peters, Marion Glasscoe and Michael Glasscoe
Dave Hanses – Father of Joe Hanses
Ivan Harkness – Father of Gale Harkness, Father-in-Law of Karen Harkness
Robert “Bob” Kellogg – Retiree
David L. “Papa Smurf” Kruger – Retiree, Brother of Richard “Dick” Kruger 
Arthur A. Lane – Retiree, Father of Patrick Lane, Grandfather of Jamie Lane
Linda K. Lanz – Spouse of Robert Lanz
Dale A. Lott – Retiree, Brother-in-Law of Lynn Cratsenburg
Brandon Maat – Son of Brian Maat
Kevin J. Mack – Retiree
Roger Meredith – Brother of Rick Meredith
Roger W. Miller – Retiree
Roy Peterson – Retiree
Genevieve Pung – Mother of Dan Pung
Loretta A. Rademacher – Mother of Lawrence Koenigsknect, Mother-in-Law of Charles McCausey
Kenneth “Ken” Raymond – Retiree, Brother-in-Law of Vikki Gavenda and Jim Austin
L.V. Riebow – Father of Richard and Ritchie Riebow
Lucille Schneider – Mother of Ken Schneider
Morley Schram – Retiree, Father of Morley Schram II, Brother-in-Law of Ray Wilson
Karen Smith – Spouse of Delford D. Smith
Betty Tester – Spouse of Gene Tester
William “Bill” Thurston – Brother of Dave, Steve and Doug Thurston
Robert “Bob” Waterson – Retiree
Kelly Williams – Spouse of Thomas “Hot Rod” Williams
Mason Eugene Williams – Retiree
Kenneth Young - Retiree

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