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February 2019

As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s important to honor the contributions of our strong American heros, from Harriet Tubman to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Shirley Chisholm to Ruben Burks. and Lansing’s  own Malcolm X.

Outspoken leaders often face resistance both from the powers that be and from within their own ranks. However, despite the adversity and challenges they face, those who are passionate about their cause keep going. They often fail and face retribution, but they continue to do the right thing.

The courage of the Flint sit-down strikers in brought about better working conditions, higher wages and improved safety. Most importantly, the few workers who had the audacity and conviction to take action (less than 10% of the plant was unionized) impacted not only their site, but legitimized union agreements at all GM plants.

I encourage all of us at the Lansing CCA to have the courage to be a leader. Though retaliation is prohibited by our national agreement, backlash is always a risk. However, if we all follow the examples set by the leaders who came before us and are not afraid to do what is right, our union will be stronger. We must all come together for our common good in order to sustain our rights and protect the workers who come after us.

  In conclusion, I would like to thank our current leaders , our past leaders and our future leaders.  Thank you to the families of Ray Whitford and Hollis Barker who made sacrifices so they could lead our Local. They will be missed.

December 2018

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

I hope the holidays find you all well. I would like to thank everyone who took advantage of their right to vote in the Midterm election. We now have some union friendly/ aware candidates in office. Our National Contract Resolutions were Due December 4th. The Ones our Local voted to submit are on their way to the International Union. Contract negotiations are not easy. GM never just gives you anything " out of the goodness of their heart" or because " it's the right thing to do".  Please hear me when I say "This will be a hard one."  Not that there ever was an easy one, but with plants continuing to get work outside of America, we have to continue to do a good job at work and be smart about future things. I would also like to say thank you to the union brothers and sisters that helped us get every benefit we have now. When we look out for each other we are a stronger union.
If you want to show your union pride, t-shirts are now available for pre-order. Images can be found at the union hall or on the union communication boards. Please turn in the form to the union hall or the wooden box leading up to the union offices with money in an enclosed envelope. Also make your way to the communication board if you have served in a military branch of service. We are trying to update our name plagues to honor your service but need you to fill out the list on the board. Thank you to the Toys for Tots Marines for helping to collect and the Members for their generosity. The Old news
Boys also appreciated everything you were able to give. Have a Happy Holiday and Please look out for one another. There is strength in Solidarity.

September 2018

Hello Union Brothers and Sisters. Summer has come to an end and I would like to thank those that helped with getting back pack supplies. The 8th Annual Community-Wide Back to school Rally and Resource fair held at UAW Local 602 appreciates the support. We sent 6 people to Summer/Fall school at Black Lake and are enjoying the positive/ educational energy they are bringing back to the shop. If you are interested in the T-shirts, they are in the final design phase by the women's committee, no set date on when they will be ready to order. We have a "build a terrarium" event happening at the Union Hall on October 13th. I encourage anyone interested to come and bring a friend/ family member(s). It is $15 to create one. To our new members, we traditionally have a weenie roast on Halloween. Make sure you are looking at the Union Information boards for time and place.

    November 6th Americans have the right to vote in the midterm elections. These elections are important. Please exercise your right to vote. In this paper there is a slate of people the UAW is backing based on their stance for Unions and Labor friendliness. Please consider these candidates. 

    In the Plant we currently have a vacancy for the 2nd Shift Alt. Committee person. 

We are accepting nominations for this on October 9th and 16th 12:30 pm to 3:00pm at the UAW Local 1753 Union Hall.

Pending membership approval at the meting, the voting date is October 30th at the Union Hall from 11am to noon. In the Plant voting will take place from 12:30pm to 3pm and again at 8:45pm to 9:45pm. Please check the Union Information boards for these postings.

    Together we are stronger. Wednesdays are red shirt days. Please wear a red shirt to show your unity.

May 2018

Hello Union Brothers and Sisters. Summer is soon approaching and we are glad to have Summer help in our plant to help with vacations. We will be holding a union hall cleaning day June 2nd from 10am  to 2pm. The idea behind this is to deep clean the inside and pretty up the outside to show our 1753 pride.

Also to show pride, don't forget to wear a red shirt on Wednesdays. Your Women's Committee will soon be coming up with a new red t-shirt design for pre-order. You can leave a message at the Hall with your order or follow instructions in the Plant once a design is chosen. 

Isabel Baker, the new Chaplin for our Local, just got back from the UAW Chaplin Conference. She had a blessed time. She also hosts a women's church group at our local. If anyone is interested in more information, flyers are posted in the plant or you can just ask Isabel.

    Both the Delegate and the Alternate Delegate will be attending the Constitutional Convention in June. It was decided between the two candidates that Yvonne Vincent would be the Delegate and Arniece Stephenson would be the Alternate Delegate.

We have UAW Membership cards and will start handing them out at the membership meetings. It was good to see new members at the last membership meeting. Always feel free to bring your questions to your membership meetings. We are stronger when we stand together. Remember to buy Union and Buy American. 

March 2018: Member Involvement

Hello Union Brothers and Sisters. I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. Thank you to everyone that showed up to the Open House/ Christmas party at the Union Hall. And an additional thanks to those who helped decorate Local 1618's Mitten tree. Our standing committees have jumped into action with the Chairwoman of Community Action Program, Justice Coleman, going to Washington D.C. in February. The Civil Rights committee will be meeting at Local 652 for a training session and the Community Service committee will be attending classes held at Local 724 that will help them empower our communities.   I would also like to thank those Union Members who have stepped up to help out while some key members were out on sick leave.

    Congratulations to all the 2017 temps that have transitioned to permanent employees, and a warm welcome to new temps. White Shirt Day was on February 9th. We wear a white dress shirt this day to honor those brave men and women who fought hard to get the UAW recognition, so we could start negotiating fair labor practices. Remember also, that by not making any side deals and by standing up for your Union Brother/Sister, these acts will help enforce those fair labor practices.

December 2017: Busy officers and committees

Hello, Union Brothers and Sisters. Your newly elected officials have been busy. Congratulations to Sharae Rosborough for being the new Second Shift Alternate Committeeperson.
Some of the officials attended a week at Black Lake to learn specifically about their new positions and some committees have been actively getting information and collecting donation s to help support their causes.
The Women’s Committee made shirts and did a 5K to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.
The Halloweeny Roast went over well. Thank you to everyone for help making that happen.
We once again had Marines come into our plant to help collect for Toys for Tots. Our generous members helped collect $1,150 and new toys are being collected until December 12th.
The Veterans Committee has collected pop cans, participated and hosted chili cook-offs and are working on updating the plaques in the plant to acknowledge people who have served. THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HAVE SERVED.
Old Newsboys will be gate collecting on Thursday, December 7. We did great last year and local boys and girls appreciate your donation to help them get winter boots.
The Christmas Party Open House, hosted by the retirees, will be on December 14th at the Union Hall from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 .pm. I hope everyone will come and enjoy it.
Please, everyone, be safe these holidays and have a great time off. Remember, when buying stuff/gifts or using services, to use Union companies and buy American. Thank you.

September 2017: Nomination notice

Hello Local 1753 Members. I again would like to thank everyone that joined a committee and has taken on leadership roles. This Union appreciates your participation.
I have a Nomination Notice for second shift GM Alternate Committee-person and Eurest Group second shift Committeeperson. (These openings are due to change in shift preference.)
Nominations will be accepted in person only, at Local 1753, 3204 W. St. Joseph St. Lansing, MI,
Thursdays, October 5 & 12, 2017 from 2 pm to 3 pm. The Election will be Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Local 1753 from noon to 1 pm and in the Plant from 2-4 pm. If necessary, run-off will be November 5, 2017, same times and places.
For people outside the Plant, we have plenty of overtime being used and some Saturdays being forced. Your leadership is settling in and being kept busy as well. I would like to encourage our members to come to the general meetings held on the third Wednesday after the first Sunday at 2:15 pm.
Your Local will be throwing the Halloweeny roast October 31st in front of the Plant Cafeteria during regular lunch times. We hope to see you there. Thank you and be safe.

May 2017: Our election results

Dear Local 1753 Members,
As you know, our general election was held in May. I would like to start off by thanking those members who volunteered for the Election Committee. Thank you for your time. The election results are as follows:
Yvonne Vincent – President
Tony Glover – Vice President
Recording Secretary – Mandy DeMars
Financial Secretary – Nancy Munchbach
Trustees – Earl Thrasher, Chuck Jones, Charles Amabo 
Sergeant-at-arms – Brian Wesley
Guide – Randy Wickham
Chairperson – Arnice Stephenson 
District 1 Committeeperson – Tim Patrick
District 1 Alt. Committeeperson – Mandy DeMars
District 2 Committeeperson – Kevin Heinritz
District 2 Alt. Committeeperson – Sonny Castillo
(There have currently been two protests of the General Election that are being reviewed.)
On the standing committees we have:
Civil Rights: Sonny Castillo, Sharae Rosborough, and Earl Thrasher
CAP–Community Action: Justice Coleman
Community Service: Justice Coleman
Women’s: Justice Coleman and Sharae Rosborough
Education: Brian Wesley
Recreation: Mandy Demars
Bylaws: open
Union Label: open
Veterans: open
If any member would like to be
part of a standing committee, please get in touch with me, either in person or through your committeeperson. Three people are encouraged to be on each committee.
Upcoming events at the Hall
Please add these to your calendars:
On June 10 we are having a Spring cleaning of the Hall from 10am—2pm. Lunch will be provided to any participants.
On June 17 the Hall will have a yard sale. Please come participate.
On June 24, at the Hall, we will have a members’ picnic. Please come and enjoy.

(As vice president, December, 2014) Election info
Hello Local 1753, I would like to thank the membership for their participation in the General Membership Meetings. Please keep attending and try to bring a co-worker. I would also like to thank the retirees for their participation in events and charities.
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. We are having a Christmas Open House at the Hall, Thursday, December 11, from 1-5 pm. We are canceling the December General Membership Meeting. Everyone please take care, be safe and enjoy your families. 
 We are accepting Guide nominations in the Plant on December 11, 12, 16, 17 and 18 during normal lunch times on both shifts. Please head to the cafeteria if you wish to fill this position. The Union Hall will be accepting nominations for Guide on the 16th and 17th from 11 am to 5 pm. Voting will take place on January 8, 2015 in the Plant from 1-4 pm, and at the Union Hall from 1-3 pm. A picture ID is required. Any necessary run-off will be held on January 15, same times and places as above. 

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