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Local 602 Vice President Isaiah Fuler
Updated On: Dec 24, 2021

December 2021

In America as the middle class we trade time for money. You are paid based on your value. Your value is based of what a person or a company/ corporation is willing to pay you for the time that you give them to complete a task. If you offer to complete that task for free or to do more for the same rate you are paid to do the original task you are giving them a discount. Therefore the value of your service depreciates. If the collective whole allows for the depreciation of the service that the corporation pays for then they no longer respect the original price and or value that is set from the beginning.

Take pride in the work that you do. Don’t offer to do what you are already paid to do for less when you are not obligated to do so. Do nothing more and do nothing less. These past two years has shown so much to those of us in the automotive industry, and to the blue collar worker. Countries across the world with less fortunate situations as our own, have had to shut down and brought billion dollar corporations to their knees due to issues within the supply chain all because we have allow them to thrive on the willingness of other cultures to give the services that we can render at a cheaper and discounted rate amongst other things. All the while they benefit from this great country that we live without paying their fair share to our society. And in the meantime they want us to do more for them to be competitive in “the global economy” without being willing to pay for it.

Greatest doesn’t come from corporations having the bigger bank account; but from the lives that are touched when you take care of those who help build that bank account. As a collective the power is in our hands. To quote Walter Reuther, “the ballot box is a direct correlation to the bread box.” Meaning everything we do as a collective should be for the greater good of our wellbeing. What we do from our waking hour, to the time we lay our heads down at night. We as a whole in the middle class we dictate our own self worth. As the backbone to society we dictate if our worth depreciates, or if grows in value.

My hat tips off to the fighting force of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union who are standing up to Kellogg and the members of the UAW working for John Deere; stay the course and fight for what you believe in. Stand up for what is right for the collective. You are worth more then they want you to know; but you have to not only believe it but be willing to stand up and fight through the process to show them you are worth more. God bless you and Merry Christmas.

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