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December 14, 2018
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May 2018

As you are reading this article it seems as if Spring may finally be here. With the rise in temperatures please remember to be aware of the effects of heat stress and heat exhaustion. For those of our members not in a temperature controlled environment remember to drink plenty of fluids and watch out for your fellow brother or sister.

On the Local front the elections are over for the 37th Constitutional Convention Delegates. Congratulations to the following on winning the Delegate positions.  Bridgewater- Delegates Kirk Nordberg and Adam Mosher. Alternate Delegates Dawn Parish and Lisa Dunton.  Dakkota- Delegate Terri Niblock. Woodbridge- Delegate Chris Donelson.  Local Delegates- Todd Collins and Debra Abent  Alternate Delegate- Jeremy Hester.  The upcoming 37th Constitutional Convention will be     June 10-14, 2018 in Detroit.

The Local Golf Outing will be August 4, 2018 at Centennial Acres    in Sunfield. Fliers and signup sheets are available at the Local for those interested.

Our Local Standing Committees are starting to develop and are having monthly and/or quarterly meetings. If you are interested please call the Local and we will put you in contact with the appropriate Standing Committee Chair.

With the Summer months upon us the Local Executive Board hopes that all of our Members have a Safe, Happy and enjoyable time!

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” 
Mahatma Gandhi

March 2018

By the time that you are reading this the Holidays and New Year will have come and gone. I hope that you all enjoyed the time with Family and friends. This Year is going to be a busy year politically. Not only will we elect a new Governor this year but our State Senators and House of Representatives will be up for election. 2 State Senators and 14 House of Representatives in all will run for their respective positions.  As much as some of our members do not like politics because of how divisive they can be, we have to remind ourselves of the power of our votes. Our votes can elect, or not elect if we stay silent, those who will stand up for working class people in this country. I encourage all of our members not only to register to vote but to vote for those who have you and your family’s best interest at heart. Those who have a record of standing up for middle class working families in this country.  I recently attended the National CAP Conference in Washington. The Local CAP delegates spent time lobbying on Capitol Hill to let our representatives hear our voice. Please be aware of the Legislation that may be coming up around what some in our Government may call “Entitlements”. We can’t be silent if they come after our Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare. We all pay into these programs and we cannot allow these crucial benefits to be taken away.  At the Local we have received the Call Letter for the upcoming 37th Constitutional Convention Please refer to the nominations and elections notice for the Convention. As of the time of this article we will have celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.  Here are a few of his words that have just as much meaning today as the day he spoke them.

 Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”.

December 2017: Big shoes to fill

As I thought as to what to write for my first article as President of UAW Local 724, I immediately thought of our Past President Dean Poggiali. The words dedication, commitment and passion for the union all exemplify the work that he has done (and still continues to do) for our local and the community.
As I took office I realized that I have some very big shoes to fill. Dean’s leadership at our Local has been unwavering over the course of the years and I can only hope to continue the work that he has started. Again, big shoes to fill!
 I am truly honored to be elected your President and will work every day to live up to the responsibility of representing you and our Union.
The Local is proud to announce the addition of two new units to our UAW Family: Kirchhoff Automotive and Faurecia Interior Systems. Congratulations to the newly elected committees from both Units.
I look forward to working with you all to represent our members. On behalf of the entire Executive Board of UAW Local 724, I would like to wish all of our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.
“May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!” – Author Unknown

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