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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
August 19, 2018
Vice President Steve Delaney
Updated On: Mar 29, 2018

March 2018 - Recapping a Busy Year

It’s hard to believe how much time has passed since the election. It’s been a whirlwind inside the plant as well as outside. I’ll try to recap some of the many highlights. Most importantly we launched our re-designed new product. After a five- week shutdown, we came back to work in June with just two shifts. The entire plant was retooled to build the all-new C1Y version of the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave. The new build with completely new tooling provided many challenges and required the membership to work long hours. During a period that many of GM’s plants were also in changeover, we were awarded with the best launch in North America. Sales are strong and were running two shifts at twenty plus hours a day, six days a week. Hopefully, when the new product gets out there, demand will require us to bring the third shift back.
 Our annual Local 602 Picnic and Education fair was held at Eagle park in August. Many of our Standing Committees were involved under the leadership of Recreation Chair Paulina Rodriguez. There were games and horseback rides for the kids as well as bingo and a membership sign-up booth for the  Costco store for the adults. The food was great as well as the beautiful sunny day. This year’s Car Show was a hit also. Members were proud to display their American made classics as well as other forms of transportation. Rob Ball brought a Polaris Slingshot “huge hit with the kids” and there was even a Para-plane brought by Dave Lozo.
In November Local 602 proudly entered our inaugural float in the 34th annual “Silver Bells in the City parade.” Inspired by our Women’s Committee Chairperson Bobbie Ledesma the theme was “Rosie the Riveter.”  Over six thousand lights, a huge UAW wheel and a ten-foot airplane were perched on the float. There was also a stand proclaiming “WE CAN DO IT” that each of our one dozen Rosie’s took turns posing on.
The spirit of volunteerism is stronger than ever here at Local 602. Our standing committees actively engage the membership as well as the community. Newly elected Civil & Human Rights Chairperson Deasha Johnson hosted a hugely successful Hispanic Latino Celebration in September. In October the Fall Festival, put on by our new Community Services Chair Demohn Stanley was a packed house. Veterans Chair Bernadine Ross held a veterans program in November. In December, Education Chair Jason Peake organized an education day event for all elected officials and the entire committee body. Retirees Chairperson Marta Bobillo held Thanksgiving and Christmas parties along with everything else she does with her retirees committee. Citizenship & Legislation Chairperson Julie Hartshorn is always busy with political campaigns including the recently successful Mayoral race.  In February Richard Reed, Union Label Chair, and crew went up to Grayling from the 16th through the 18th for the Oldsmobile Outdoor Clubs “Winterfest.” We have a new phone app that our Recording Secretary has brought on board in his continuing effort to improve communication to the membership.
There was so much more and I regret, at the risk of being too lengthy, that I couldn’t mention everything. I think you get the picture! I’m so proud of my union and Local 602 and I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2018 brings.

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