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Local 724 President Todd Collins
Updated On: Sep 15, 2022

September 2022

Hello Brothers and Sisters.

I hope that you all are enjoying the last few moments of summer and the sunny skies. With things starting to come back to “normal” it also has been a struggle for a lot of our members. The layoffs due to part shortages, planned downtime from most of our customers, has created layoffs and uncertainty with a good portion of our members. Hopefully we have turned a corner and will be able to look ahead to more steady times. On the Local front our Delta Dental Unit recently had an event to welcome new members as well as established members and hopefully create a new sense of solidarity. Congratulations to the Bargaining Committee for the recently passed agreement. The gains that were accomplished for the membership were a testament to the hard work and dedication to the membership. Most of our Units are experiencing a shortage of workers at their respective worksites. I’m sure you are all aware that our Units are not alone. Most businesses in Lansing and the surrounding areas are experiencing shortages. The Local has received the approval from the International Presidents Office for the recently changed bylaws that were membership approved. I hope that all of our members had a safe and fun Labor Day spending time with their families or in whatever they decided.

On a sad note the Local lost a true Unionist and Friend. Jim Smith was the Sgt at Arms for Local 724. He was more than just a fellow Union Brother. He was a UAW worker who devoted his time to help others. Whether it was at Bridgewater where he worked, helping Veterans or volunteering to help anyone with anything, Jim was a true good person and friend that will be truly missed by all. To his family I can only say that we all owe you a debt of gratitude for sharing Jim with us and allowing him to pursue his passion. Thank you, Jim, for all that you did for us. You will be sorely missed. Fly high Brother!

In Solidarity


“My friends it is solidarity we want. We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces and say to each other: We must be together; our masters are joined together, and we must do the same thing.” – Mother Jones

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