Union facts
By Mark Caruso, Vice President

I had the pleasure of running our November union meeting held on Saturday, December 1st. It's great to see our members bring their issues to the union meeting to be resolved. The atmosphere at a union meeting can be conducive in resolving as well as understanding the goings on in the plant and at our Local. By attending and contributing at these meetings, members increase our leadership's awareness while on level ground.

Many reports were well presented at the meeting. Raul Arriaga, the Veterans Committee Chair, Debi Muncy, Women's Committee Chair, Charlotte Love, Secretary of the Civil Rights Committee and Ken Papenhagen, CAP Chair, all gave much appreciated reports. This information better informs our members on issues that media members sometimes avoid reporting.

Local 892 Receives Awards

It was my privilege to announce several awards our Local gratefully received.

The American Red Cross honored us with a plaque noting their appreciation for the money we all donated toward helping the victims of the September 11, tragedy. The Community Service and Women's Committees organized the button fund-raiser through which $7500.00 in revenue was raised. Receiving this honor was very motivating, and the overall experience set and example of what our committees can accomplish when provided the tools and support needed from this Local.

Region 1A awarded our Local with two plaques. The first award was for our sixtieth anniversary as a UAW Local Union, and the other for raising the fourth largest V-CAP contribution in this Region. 

Many thanks to our committees and their members who strive to move this union forward.

Retirees Mystery Trip

My wife Paula and I, along with other active UAW members, joined the Local 892 retirees on the November 30th mystery trip. If you are caught in life's day-to-day rut this is just the medicine for you. Our trip was pre-planned by Marry Papenhagen who did a wonderful job. With my busy schedule I welcomed this trip as a convenient excuse to get away from it all. Our trip started at the Local Union Hall on Woodland Drive, where we boarded a motor coach. Westbound on US-12, everyone played a scavenger hunt game. The first stop was at Mulligans restaurant in Irish Hills for a delicious buffet meal. Afterwards, we proceeded to an unknown destination. Eventually arriving at Jackson Community College, where we enjoyed the performance, "A Christmas Carol." This was a pleasant experience and I encourage anyone to give it a try.

In closing, I wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!