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Happy 4th Of July 2018

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We all know why we celebrate the 4th of July. However there is actually a lot more than just the signing of the “Declaration of Independence”. In this post you will see little 4th of July “surprise” from Leroy McKnight. For your enlightenment you will also find “The Twelve Basic American Principles” by Hamilton Abert Long. We hope you enjoy this very comprehensive article – with full attribution links to expanded text about each of the twelve principles. By the way, much of what is contained in Long’s twelve basic principles is what distinguishes us as a “Republic” rather than a “Democracy” – as often errantly thought. Also, another good read that supports this Hamilton Long text is – “The Federalist Papers”. As you may or may not know, “The Federalist Papers” are a collection of 85 articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay under the pseudonym “Publius” to promote the ratification of the United States Constitution.

Photo of The McKnight Family Copy of The Declaration of Independence.

“Declaration of Independence” [1832 Stone Facsimile]

Currently Owned By Leroy McKnight

American Ideal of 1776

The Twelve Basic American Principles

by Hamilton Abert Long

The Author, from his Note About the Book

Author’s Introduction and Information regarding the Author

Commendations of the book appearing on the original cover

Author’s extensive introductory quotes on the subjects being discussed.

Part I: Twelve Basic American Principles:

Author’s Prefatory Note regarding the Principles

1. The Spiritual is Supreme

2. Fear of Government-over-Man

3. Unalienable Rights–From God

4. Man Organizes Governments to Be His Tools

5. Limited Government

6. Decentralized Government

7. Equal, By God’s Gift, In Sight of God and Law

8. Life and the Pursuit of Happiness

9. Liberty–Against Government-over-Man

10. Private Property–Liberty’s Support

11. Taxes–Limited to Safeguard Liberty

12. The Majority–Limited for Liberty

Source: Lex Rex

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Suggested Hotel Accommodations For Convention

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Our Leadership has found the following as some of the more affordable places to stay, for us who work for a livin, that are reasonably close to downtown during the 2018 UAW Constitution Convention. Mentioning “Workin 4 A livin” should assist in getting the rate below [though rates may vary].

Dearborn Red Roof Inn
$69 – $71 rates may vary
Location and Contact #:
24130 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 278-9732

Best Western – Allen Park, Mi [10 rooms available as of Friday June 8th]
Double Queen $125 + Tax
King $115 + Tax
Location and Contact #:
3000 Enterprise Dr, Allen Park, MI 48101
(313) 271-1600

Comfort Inn – Allen Park, Mi [30 rooms available as of Friday June 8th]
Queen $110 + tax
Location and Contact #:
3600 Enterprise Dr, Allen Park, MI 48101
(313) 323-3500


Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you there.


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Toledo, Ohio May 21, 2018: UAW VP Cindy Estrada Boldly Stated: “Manufacturing Built The Middle Class; But Manufacturing Is Not Going To Rebuild The Middle Class.” This Is The Ethos Of The Current UAW Leadership, And That Ethos Is Exactly And Specifically What Needs To Be Changed Within The UAW Leadership!

At the Ohio UAW Leadership Conference held in Toledo UAW VP Cindy Estrada also stated that there are 600,000 workers in the US making $9.60 per hour or less, and there are 1,500,000 workers making $11.90 per hour or less.

She did not say how many of those workers are in the UAW Independent Parts Supplier department that she may actually represent.



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Part-Time Member Correct Dues


Detroit May 19, 2018: The UAW Leadership On The Matter Of Part-Time Member’s Dues Calculation Has Been Sorely Lacking, And Sadly Is Void Of Any “Administrative Letter” Giving Proper Direction By UAW President. Therefore, This Explanatory Opinion Is Being Offered So As To Fill The Void In Leadership:

Click Here For Printable Version Of The Opinion:

Paying Too Much In Dues



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Happy Mother’s Day – 2018


Mother’s Day seems harmless enough. Treat mom to brunch. Buy flowers. Good times.

But the story of the modern holiday—which is celebrated this Sunday in the United States and many other nations—is rife with controversy, conflict, and consumerism run amok. Some strange – but-true – facts you probably don’t know:

1. Mother’s Day started as an anti-war movement.

Anna Jarvis is most often credited with founding Mother’s Day in the United States.
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Anna Jarvis, founder of the modern version of Mother’s Day, fought against the the commercialization of the holiday, working to protect it from “the hordes of money schemers.”
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Designated as the second Sunday in May by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, aspects of that holiday have since spread overseas, sometimes mingling with local traditions. Jarvis took great pains to acquire and defend her role as “Mother of Mother’s Day,” and to focus the day on children celebrating their mothers. (Read more about Mother’s Day’s early years.)

But others had the idea first, and with different agendas.

Julia Ward Howe, better known for writing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” promoted a Mothers’ Peace Day beginning in 1872. For Howe and other antiwar activists, including Anna Jarvis’s mother, Mother’s Day was a way to promote global unity after the horrors of the American Civil War and Europe’s Franco-Prussian War.

“Howe called for women to gather once a year in parlors, churches, or social halls, to listen to sermons, present essays, sing hymns or pray if they wished—all in the name of promoting peace,” said Katharine Antolini, an historian at West Virginia Wesleyan College and author of Memorializing Motherhood: Anna Jarvis and the Struggle for Control of Mother’s Day.

Several American cities including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago held annual June 2nd Mothers’ Day services until roughly 1913, Antolini says. (See “Nat Geo Photographers’ Favorite Photos of Their Moms”.)

These early Mother’s Day movements became popular only among peace activist groups and faded when other promoters took center stage.

2. A former football coach promoted an early version of Mother’s Day—and was accused of “kidnapping” the holiday.

Frank Hering, a former football coach and faculty member at University of Notre Dame, also proposed the idea of a Mother’s Day before Anna Jarvis. In 1904 Hering urged an Indianapolis gathering of the Fraternal Order of Eagles to support “setting aside of one day in the year as a nationwide memorial to the memory of Mothers and motherhood.” (See pictures of animal mothers and their babies.)

Hering didn’t suggest a specific day or month for the observance, though he did note a preference for Mother’s Day falling on a Sunday. Local “aeries” of the Fraternal Order of Eagles took up Hering’s challenge. Today the organization still bills Hering and the Eagles as the “true founders of Mother’s Day.”

Anna Jarvis did not like the thought of Mother’s Day having a “father” in Hering. She blasted him in an undated 1920s statement entitled “Kidnapping Mother’s Day: Will You Be an Accomplice?”

“Do me the justice of refraining from furthering the selfish interests of this claimant,” Jarvis wrote, “who is making a desperate effort to snatch from me the rightful title of originator and founder of Mother’s Day, established by me after decades of untold labor, time, and expense.”

Antolini says that Jarvis, who never had children, was acting partly out of ego: “Everything she signed was Anna Jarvis, Founder of Mother’s Day. It was who she was.”

3. FDR designed a Mother’s Day stamp. Or at least he tried.
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A woman holds a 1934 poster advertising a Mother’s Day stamp that was designed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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Woodrow Wilson wasn’t the only president to put his stamp on Mother’s Day. Franklin Delano Roosevelt personally designed a 1934 postage stamp to commemorate the day.

The president co-opted a stamp that was originally meant to honor 19th-century painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler and featured the artist’s famed “Whistler’s Mother” portrait , of Anna McNeill Whistler. FDR surrounded the iconic maternal image with a dedication: “IN MEMORY AND IN HONOR OF THE MOTHERS OF AMERICA.”

Anna Jarvis didn’t approve of the design and refused to allow the words “Mother’s Day” to appear on the stamp—so they never did. “Overall, she thought the stamp ugly,” Antolini says.

4. Mother’s Day’s founder hated those who fundraised off the holiday.

Since Mother’s Day’s early years, some groups have seized on it as a chance to raise funds for various charitable causes—including mothers in need. Anna Jarvis hated that.

“She called those charities Christian pirates,” Antolini said. “Today most of us would think it was wonderful to use the day to raise funds to support poor mothers or families of World War I veterans or another worthy group but she hated them for that.”

Much of the reason why, Antolini says, is that in the days before charity watchdog organizations Jarvis simply didn’t trust fundraisers to deliver the money to the people it was supposed to help. “She resented the idea that profiteers would use the day as just another way of making money,” Antolini says.

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5. The mother of Mother’s Day lost everything in fight to protect her holiday.

It didn’t take long for Anna Jarvis’s Mother’s Day to get commercialized, with Jarvis fighting against what it became.

“To have Mother’s Day the burdensome, wasteful, expensive gift day that Christmas and other special days have become, is not our pleasure,” she wrote in the 1920s. “If the American people are not willing to protect Mother’s Day from the hordes of money schemers that would overwhelm it with their schemes, then we shall cease having a Mother’s Day—and we know how.”

Jarvis never profited from the day, despite ample opportunities afforded by her status as a minor celebrity. In fact, she went broke using what monies she had battling the holiday’s commercialization.

In poor health and with her emotional stability in question, she died penniless at age 84 after living the last four years of her life in the Marshall Square Sanitarium, Antolini says.

6. Courts Heard “Custody Battles” Over Mother’s Day

Anna Jarvis always considered Mother’s Day her intellectual and legal property and wasn’t afraid to lawyer up in its defense.

She included a warning on some Mother’s Day International Association Press releases: “Any charity, institution, hospital, organization, or business using Mother’s Day names, work, emblem, or celebration for getting money, making sales or on printed forms should be held as imposters by proper authorities, and reported to this association.”

Antolini says it’s difficult to determine from scattered court documents just how litigious Jarvis was, but a 1944 Newsweek article reported that she once had as many as 33 simultaneously pending Mother’s Day lawsuits.

7. Flowers are an original tradition that endures (sort of).

The white carnation, the favorite flower of Anna Jarvis’s mother, was the original flower of Mother’s Day.

“The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother love never dying,” Jarvis explained in a 1927 interview.

The most popular flower choice today seems to be “mom’s favorite.”
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Honorable Mention: Mother’s Day 2017 Will Be a $23 Billion Cash Cow

This is not about history—it’s about now: objections to charity fund raising and rampant commercialism have come to absolutely nothing. Mother’s Day spending this year will top $23 billion, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Mother’s Day spending survey.

Americans will spend an average of $186.39 on mom this year. Seventy-seven percent plan to send a greeting card, according to the survey, and Hallmark reports that Mother’s Day is the third most popular card-sending holiday behind Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

About 69% of Americans will send mom flowers. And 36% plan to buy mom jewelry. (See “Father’s Day at 100: How It Began, Why Dad Gets Fewer Gifts.”)

The National Restaurant Association, meanwhile, reports that Mother’s Day is the most popular holiday of the entire year to dine out, with nearly half of all Americans hitting a restaurant, according to NRA research.

This article has been updated.

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Multiple Explosions At Magnesium Parts Plant

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2018-05-02 EATON RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — At about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday fire crews responded to multiple explosions at Meridian Magnesium Products of America in Eaton Rapids two workers injured, and forced evacuation of the plant; located about 20 miles southwest of Lansing, MI.


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Large fire burns after explosion at Michigan plant; 2 hurt


Authorities say explosions and a large fire at an auto parts plant in Michigan injured two people and forced the evacuation of workers.

The city’s Mayor Paul Malewski told the Lansing State Journal that the plant’s roof has been destroyed. The flames subsided later Wednesday morning. Malewski says no homes have been evacuated and the smoke has dissipated because of strong winds.

Malewski says an initial explosion at the plant about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Detroit set off a series of explosions. WILX-TV reports people felt the blast miles away.

The cause is under investigation.

The newspaper says the two injured people have been treated at a hospital.


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2018-05-01 Origins Of May Day In The U.S.

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The Bloody Story of How May Day Became a Holiday for Workers

2018-05-01 Detroit: In 1958, President Eisenhower signed a resolution naming May 1 “Loyalty Day”; “a special day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States of America and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.”
Celebrations on May 1 have long had two, seemingly contradictory meanings. On one hand, May Day is known for maypoles, flowers and welcoming the spring. On the other hand, it’s a day of worker solidarity and protest; though the U.S. observes its official Labor Day in September, many countries will celebrate Labor Day on Monday.

How did that happen?

Like so many historical twists, by complete accident. As TIME explained in 1929, “To old-fashioned people, May Day means flowers, grass, picnics, children, clean frocks. To up-and-doing Socialists and Communists it means speechmaking, parading, bombs, brickbats, conscientious violence. This connotation dates back to May Day, 1886, when some 200,000 U. S. workmen engineered a nationwide strike for an eight-hour day.”

The May 1, 1886, labor action wasn’t just any strike—it was part of what became known as the Haymarket affair. On May 1 of that year, Chicago (along with other cities) was the site of a major union demonstration in support of the eight-hour workday. The Chicago protests were meant to be part of several days of action. On May 3, a strike at the McCormick Reaper plant in the city turned violent; the next day, a peaceful meeting at Haymarket Square became even more so. Here’s how TIME summed it up in 1938:

A few minutes after ten o’clock on the night of May 4, 1886, a storm began to blow up in Chicago. As the first drops of rain fell, a crowd in Haymarket Square, in the packing house district, began to break up. At eight o’clock there had been 3,000 persons on hand, listening to anarchists denounce the brutality of the police and demand the eight-hour day, but by ten there were only a few hundred. The mayor, who had waited around in expectation of trouble, went home, and went to bed. The last speaker was finishing his talk when a delegation of 180 policemen marched from the station a block away to break up what remained of the meeting. They stopped a short distance from the speaker’s wagon. As a captain ordered the meeting to disperse, and the speaker cried out that it was a peaceable gathering, a bomb exploded in the police ranks. It wounded 67 policemen, of whom seven died. The police opened fire, killing several men and wounding 200, and the Haymarket Tragedy became a part of U. S. history.

In 1889, the International Socialist Conference declared that, in commemoration of the Haymarket affair, May 1 would be an international holiday for labor, now known in many places as International Workers’ Day.

In the U.S., that holiday came in for particular contempt during the anti-communist fervor of the early Cold War. In July of 1958, President Eisenhower signed a resolution named May 1 “Loyalty Day” in an attempt to avoid any hint of solidarity with the “workers of the world” on May Day. The resolution declared that it would be “a special day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States of America and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.”

Updated: May 1, 2017 8:16 AM ET | Originally published: May 1, 2015


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Today we celebrate the anniversary of February 11, 1937. It all began on January 31, 1936, and continued as an often bloody sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan, until it ended with the first union agreement between the United Autoworkers (UAW) and General Motors on February 11, 1937.  UAW Local Union 659 was born out of that strike, and its hall became known as “The Pioneer Hall Of The UAW”. Later, on February 11, 1948 Bert Christenson, a member of UAW Local 598 (A sister Local Union in Flint), initiated National White Shirt/White T-shirt Day. The wearing of a white shirt was to send a message to management – who all wore white shirts every day – that we workers were every bit as good as they are. This manufacturing plant, and the “Pioneer Hall” is the root of our great union.

Unfortunately… Today, there is not a brick left standing of that entire 78 acre manufacturing complex, and the “Pioneer Hall” has been sold by the IUAW, and is currently a head shop. What a shameful mindset. In nature the analogy would be; “If you can kill the root, you can kill the tree”. In real life the analogy would be; “If you can kill its root, you can kill the Union.” Please never let us forget, deny or forsake our roots, and always strive to keep our union ALIVE and WELL!

The Author – Leroy McKnight – hired into the plant where the sit-down initiated, and today all that remains is the Michigan Historical Marker – designating the site of the Flint Sit-Down Strike. The marker is located on the northwest intersection Chevrolet Avenue, and the Flint River. Later the plant was known as “Chevy – Down In The Hole”. Brother McKnight’s first job station was about 70 feet to the northwest of the Historical Marker. While walking out on his second day in the plant and old man, a sit-downer, grabbed him by the shoulder and said:

People died right here on this sidewalk so you could work here today, and don’t you EVER FORGET IT!!!” He never has…


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Icobelli Plea Agreement

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Here Is The Actual Icobelli Plea Agreement.
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Feds Say- FCA Paid UAW To Sway Negotiations

Feds Say FCA Paid UAW To Sway Negotiations

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FCA officials paid to sway UAW negotiations, feds say

Detroit — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV officials paid more than $1.5 million to United Auto Workers officers and employees to sway union contract negotiations, federal prosecutors said, part of a $4.5 million corruption scandal involving Detroit’s No. 3 automaker.

The accusations made Monday in a plea agreement with former FCA labor negotiator Alphons Iacobelli say for the first time in the investigation that executives’ actions were intended to corrupt UAW contract negotiations to favor Fiat Chrysler.

The plea deal suggests the corruption was more widespread than previously disclosed. It lasted for years as Fiat Chrysler officials lavished UAW labor leaders with cash payments and luxury items, including airfare, jewelry and secret $50,000 payments.

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 “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

~ Sir John Dalberg-Acton

TEAM Workin 4 A Livin remains vigilantly committed to protect our UAW Members from the reported corrupt activities, as indicated in this article.

This is the leadership that you can expect to be getting from “Workin 4 A Livin” Union leadership that subscribes to a LABOR ETHOS – and NOT a COMPANY ETHOS.

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