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Local 1753 Retiree Chair Laura Clark
Updated On: Feb 23, 2023

February 2023

Dear sisters and brothers:

I want to tell you how nice it was  to see all of you at last months' lunch and meeting. We held this meeting at the World Buffet and Grill where you can pick out just what you like. Whether you come to all the meetings, or your favorite meetings, or the ones your friends drag you to, we are aways glad to see you, and or your spouse.

 In the last election I wrote to all of you the importance of voting and having your voice heard and your ideas out there! I've always felt that way, since my first lesson on American history. You must remember, like I do, "no taxation with out representation". This common sense idea fueled the American Dream and made it a reality. Women also liked the idea; they could think just as well as the men.  Unfortunately, it took about seventy years to make it so. Many states and territories recognized womens' suffrage rights before 1920, and I'm happy to say Michigan was one of those! People with formerly enslaved ancestors wanted to get on board as well, for they had the same ideas. You will hear all about it, this month of Black history and their struggle to secure the vote. I myself have felt like you out there. I also felt like I had your support when running for different offices. One of jobs I ran for and won was con con rep. This was not the 1st,  not the 2nd or 3rd time I ran for this office. I only ran for con con after I had a good understanding of how things worked or didn't. So it is too early for me to know if this sending your own vote for yourself as compared to a concon delegate voting for you is good or bad for us, but it is the decision made for us. A variety of people ran for Con Con for different reasons. I was serious, went to all meetings, and studied votes before casting mine. I'm not there now, so you need to be our voice in this election! Look at the candidates. You can go to the UAW web site to see the debate and then vote. You can still make the deadline. The delegates before you thought you could handle it. Show them they were right! You do want to decide your own fate: VOTE.

Our next meeting and lunch will be at the World Buffet and Grill, March 9, 2023 at noon. I hope to see you there.


Duane Alan Bohnett

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