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Local 652 Financial Secretary Matt Schneider
Updated On: Nov 30, 2020

December 2020

First off, I would like to wish all the Lansing Labor News’ readers Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.  As you are reading this edition I can imagine that many of you, like myself, will be working with our families as we try to navigate the best options for holiday plans.  Covid-19 has brought to us a year like no other, and one that continues to exhaust even as we continue to try and figure out the “right” thing to do.     

I would be remiss if I did not give the year some credit though.  2020 began as the Lansing area was moving forward from the historic strike against General Motors.  A strike where the hardship was overshadowed by the amazing solidarity shown by the membership, the community, and small business.  Our GM unit returned to the launch of two all new products for our facility, one of which, the Cadillac CT5, already received the award for Best Midsize Premium Car in the J.D. Power 2020 IQS.  Each of our four units are humming away on overtime and in the constant state of hiring new members, all while donning the ever-irritating mask. 

This year has also reminded us to cherish the value of life.  We have watched the numerous heart wrenching news specials about life lost, and the struggles this pandemic has caused for so many, including our own members. 

Lastly, while in the midst of a pandemic, Americans found a way to get it done, we found a way to vote.  We determined ourselves to do it safely, and in big numbers as well.  There is no doubt voting was made a lot easier to accomplish thanks to the many states, like Michigan, whose citizens had previously voted to make the process easier, not harder.  Though the pandemic and the red herring certainly made things a little slower than normal, it was no less secure than any other vote.  The tight numbers, new processes, and Covid-19 will undoubtedly cause the freedom-haters to come out with new ideas to complicate the right to vote, but I am confident that our citizens, especially working-class unionists, will continue the fight for less restrictive voting. 

Once the dust settles on this election, we as working men and women must continue to hold all our elected officials accountable to those things that are so important to our livelihoods as laborers.  I have faith that we will rediscover the omnipotence of collective voices, and this nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.     

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