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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
June 24, 2018
UAW Local 4911

President Derrick McDuffey
Mar 29, 2018

A New Year

The New Year is here and is  bringing a number of exciting things to local 4911.  But first I would be remiss if I didn’t speak about  Dr. Martin Luther King  and his contribution to the civil rights movement and the moral ground that we as UAW members stand on, fight for and embrace. Dr King had a dream, a dream that all people live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.  Fifty years later that dream that we hold near and dear is being threatened daily.  We must not listen to the rhetoric of our current President as he attempts to exploit the subconscious biases of many Americans.
On a brighter note, Local 4911 will be entering contract negotiations this year.  Many of my members are uneasy because of the many cuts to health care reimbursements forcing hospitals to take cost cutting actions . We have withstood a number of departmental restructures with Sparrow attempting to eliminate various jobs each time. As we ramp up for negotiations I’ll be calling on all our members to stand together in solidarity and let it be known that we deserve, and will bargain hard for, a contract that improves our lives and furthers the labor movement .

Financial Secretary Rose Van Schoick
Mar 29, 2018

Family Scholarship Program

Are you looking for an education and relaxation opportunity?  The Black Lake 2018 Family Scholarship event is a program in which your family learns how our unions empower us to change the work environment and also benefit us in our local communities in which we live.  UAW members that have one year’s seniority, and are in good standing, may be eligible to attend.  This program is a once-in-a-lifetime, one-week summer event, July 22-27.  The entire family attending will participate in educational and recreational activities in a relaxing learning environment.  For more information, please go to our website:  www.uawlocal4911.orgAt the tabs on the left, click on UAW Black Lake resort.

Growing our Retiree Chapter

Our Retiree Chapter is No. 881 – Local 4911, Region 1-D, Sparrow Hospital.  If you would like to become a retiree member of UAW Local 4911, please read the following instructions.

Go on-line to register at

On the left hand side of the home page, look for the blue box titled Member Login.  Click on the orange type which reads “Click here to sign up”. 

Fill in the requested information.  For Bargaining Unit, choose Retiree from the drop down list.  After entering all required fields, click on Preview Registration Information.  Review the entries to be certain correct information is entered.  Click on submit to send.

If you do not have access to a computer or do not have an email address, please call Rose or Sandy at (517) 372-7201 to register and we will be happy to assist you.

We continue to promote the process of forming our Retiree Chapter.  We invite you to join us the 4th Wednesday of the even months (except August) at 2:00 p.m. at Local 4911 union office, 1010 River Street, Lansing, MI.  (Please note we also move the date for the December meeting if it is near the Christmas holiday.)   Members wishing to stay in touch and socialize with fellow retirees have an opportunity to do so!

Link to Local 4911
Apr 07, 2011
Please see the Local 4911 website.
Archived Articles
Oct 13, 2016

Our Local makes me proud

I hope everyone had a safe winter and are enjoying the warmer weather we are having currently. I would like to thank the membership of UAW Local 4911 for their awesome donation of $1,500 for school supplies that were greatly needed at Averill Elementary School. With all of the cuts to education from the State Legislators, more teachers are having to buy supplies with their own money. Items that you would think should be covered as needed materials to benefit our children are not being made available to them.
I spoke with Mr. Kyron Harvell, the Principal at Averill, and asked him if our Local could help with this problem and he was very appreciative of the offer. I asked for him to send me a list of needed supplies and we would do our best to purchase what they needed. The list included from crayons, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, playground equipment, scissors, play dough, Kleenex, staplers, staples, hi-liters, markers, etc.
I then contacted Chris Wilson, the store director for the Okemos Meijer and told him what we were planning to do and asked if he could help us with the list. Chris asked me to email the list and that he would have a few team members gather everything together for us. When I arrived at the store, Chris and his team which, included Kaitlyn and Cindy, had gotten almost everything on the list and had it rung up. We just needed to gather a few more items.
We loaded everything up and brought it back to the Local to be put into bags and dropped off at the school. I contacted Mr. Harvell and let him know that we were able to get everything they were asking for. I also contacted Harold Foster from the Lansing Labor News so he could take some pictures and he graciously accepted and came over on short notice. We met Mr. Harvell on April 11 and he was very excited to receive the supplies that our membership had donated and could not thank us enough. I am very proud to represent such an awesome Local, one who cares about their community. (See page 2 for the presentation to Averill Elementary.)

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