Saturday, December 17, 2016
The event was slightly less attended, due to weather, by active and retired members of Local 2/289-M and guests, and DC3 leaders. A delicious holiday dinner followed the speakers.
The local warmly welcomed very special guest speakers:
Gregory Nowak, President Teamsters Local 1038, Teamsters Joint Council 43, and International Representative
Bill Black, Teamsters Joint Council 43 Legislative Director
Steve Bieda, Michigan State Senator
The Local Credit Union Business Manager
On behalf of the local, DC3 President Steve Nobles thanked the Executive
Board for their professional work. And the office staff, Mary Mabe,
Chris Schmidt and Elizabeth Nobles for their service to Local 2/289-M, and for
helping make this
Christmas Celebration a success.
Greg Nowak, President Teamsters Joint Council 43 and Local 1038, expressed
his congratulations to the organizers and union members for limiting the
number of workers who left the union to 5% due to Right to Work in
Michigan. Mr. Nowak thanked President Steve Nobles and the GCC Local
officers and members for their efforts in keeping the union strong and
Bill Black, Teamsters Legislative Director, spoke on how leadership shows
best in crisis mode after losses, but still remains strong and survives.
Democrats have strived to keep jobs in the US, but Republicans believe
interference in corporate decisions obstructs free enterprise. Mr. Black
stressed the importance of voting in your best interest. Look at what's at
stake from Republican policies.
Democrat Steve Bieda, Michigan State Senator, took time from his busy
schedule to speak. Mr. Bieda spoke on his accomplishments in the Senate on
wrongful conviction legislation. He is fighting for worker justice in the
Michigan Senate, urging people to get the message out. Get active and call
your representatives regarding issues you care about.
Business Manager for The Local Credit Union spoke of the benefits of joining the credit union.
The Local Credit Union supports union workers by example. Bank statements are mailed in support of USPS postal workers.
The Local Credit Union serves 28 Locals and offers many financial products to it's members.
DC3 Secretary Treasurer & Executive Officer and Local 2/289 President Steve
Nobles congratulated attendees DC3 President Israel Castro and DC3 Staff
Representative Mike Wohlhueter on the successful
organization of banquet staff at the Marriot in Ypsylanti, Michigan. Mr.
Nobles expressed his heart felt thanks to Vice President Dan Courtney and the Executive Board for their hard
work and dedication, to office staff Mary Mabe and Chris Schmidt for all they
do, and the union stewards and members who continue to inform others of the
benefits of union membership.
The Macomb/St Clair Autism Society representative Kristina spoke on the support and activities it provides to families.
Proceeds from the Local 2/289-M 2016 annual golf outing for $14,000 was presented to the Macomb/St Clair Autism Society.
Folks are invited to the society's Palazo Grand Mardi Gras March 5th event
at 25 mile and Van Dyke.
Federal Mediator Jim Stathem, who is retiring after many years of service
for the benefit of unions, was presented with
an elegant desk plague, in honor of his service, from GCC/IBT District Council 3.
local welcomed US Marine Corp representatives for the Toys-for-Tots campaign. GCC/IBT DC3 members,
their families and friends donated hundreds of toys for children in need.