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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
March 19, 2018
UAW Local 4911

President Derrick McDuffey
Dec 07, 2017

Bargaining for a better tomorrow

In a previous article I mentioned that Sparrow Hospital is a union operated facility. Not only does the UAW represent over 2,300 members, we also work side by side with MNA/PECSH, the nurses union at sparrow. They, too, represent over 2,300 members and of this writing, they are entering their third week of working without a contract.
With the uncertainty of health care in the United States, most hospitals are bracing for less reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid, forcing hospitals across the country to tighten their belts in preparation for potential loss of revenue.
While the nurses union works without a contract, they are still at the table working with Sparrow to negotiate an agreement that will take care of their nurses and their families, as well as the patients they care for—all while trying to avoid a work stoppage which looms over their negotiations.
As President of Local 4911, I know we will face a lot of the same challenges a year from now when we enter into contract negotiations with Sparrow. Our bargaining team will work to negotiate our seventh contract that will take care of our members, our families, and all who come to Sparrow for their healthcare needs.
Saving lives and providing services that promote a healthy community, while at the same time building a strong middle class in Lansing and surrounding areas, is paramount for Local 4911 and other labor unions in the Capitol City.

Financial Secretary Rose Van Schoick
Dec 07, 2017


The hustle-bustle of the holiday season is upon us and winter is finally here. As many of us hibernate inside during the winter months, we have the opportunity to reflect upon all of the wonderful things in our lives for which we are blessed and for which we are thankful. Please keep in mind those that may be less fortunate this holiday season. Volunteer opportunities, food and clothing requests are abundant at many community organizations, such as the City Rescue Mission, Volunteers of America, local area food banks, etc.
You may also call 2-1-1 to ask for suggestions regarding the needs of different organizations. They will help match your blessings of gifts/food/dollars to an agency that is in need as well as give you a location for the organization if you are dropping off your gifts.
Let us hope that 2018 will be a happier and more prosperous new year.

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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