23 Reasons to Brighten your Day.

1. “Determine to live life with flair and laughter.” Maya Angelou

Are you looking for a good day? Then you’re in the right place. This Healthyhustleandheart article is written to shed brightness into your life. We sometimes get bogged down with the routines of daily living. It’s a good thing to step back and reevaluate ourselves,( 2) reset the rules, (3) find happiness and experience a new and creative path. It starts in the brain, move your mindset towards the brightness of the sun. Guide to GROWING the brain 🧠

4. List three things you’re grateful for, ( ex. (5) family, (6)career, (7) healthiness. See you’re already glowing in brightness.

“ We are what we believe we are!” CS Lewis

8. Walk out doors. (9)Exercise, increase your heart rate. 10.Smell the flowers and admire nature. This should make you smile , bringing us to the eleventh (11) reason your day should be brighter. It’s been said that laughter is good medicine for the heart.

12. “ The future is only as bright and as wonderful as the dreams and actions that you create”. Steve Redhead , Life is a Dance

13. Jeremiah 29:11 -“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

14. Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”

15. Reading a inspirational book:


16. Be kind, speak kindnesses to others.

17. Pay it forward. This is a concept that when you give happiness it will come back to you. Pay for the person coffee behind you The more we give the more we get. Go ahead and try it.

18. Volunteer for a local community.

19. Listen to someone’s story with open ears. How often have you truly listened to someone. Texas, just might be the state you’re looking for. (Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Amarillo, Lubbock, Galveston, etc.)

20. Because somehow, the sun rises each day. Emerging from the horizon, brighter and more beautiful than the previous day. You’ll rise from the horizon too, learning to trust again. Learning to love again. Learning to heal. You’ll emerge so bright that the haters will be blinded. And darling, you’ll be the sun then, bright and beautiful, but they won’t be your sunflowers. “. Minahil

21. “Never dull your shine for somebody else.”Tyra Banks

22. “ if you want to see change be the one to make it happen” Amy Klobuchar

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

    He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness

    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

    I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

    your rod and your staff,

    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

    in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

    my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercyshall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord


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The Water Within Me

“The earth, the air, the land, and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.” – Gandhi

Water is essential for all life to exist. Life is above and below the ground. Think about how important water is in our lives.

In the month of February, the United States of America recognizes Black History. This highlights the accomplishments,achievements, contributions,sacrifices and significance Black Americans have contributed to this country.

Upon arrival to this country the river,ocean,lakes and streams were significant insomuch as it was the vehicle that transported the ships. The Water Within Me, reflects our ancestral connection to water and how it impacted Black Americans. I speak of water because it helped many brave the cold rivers and washed away the footprints of many escaping oppression, cruelty and hardships. I speak of The Water Within Me, as a tribute to those who gave a hand up to many who embarked on a new land and new life. I speak of The Water Within Me of those who kept silent but was so loudly heard.

“You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.” – Alan Watts

Please take a moment to reflect on water. When you drink a bottle of water, hand pump it from the well, brew a cup of tea, water your flowers, or pour it on the ground, give it a strong thought about just how precious that mineral is that you’re about to consume. Think about those who don’t have clean water.

“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Personal Spiritual Protective Equipment

Keeping your work gear on daily will help keep you safe.

“An take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)

Romans 4:4 says : Now to the one who works, his/ her wages are not counted as a gift, but as his/ her dues. In Leviticus, you shall not oppress your workers or your neighbors, because you don’t want to rob them.

Each morning you are perhaps one of the millions of people who are among the working class. What motivates you to get up on a regular basis to perform a task ? There are a variety of reasons why we work. Different reasons to work is for financial security, benefitting society, improving quality, and adding value to yourself. Perhaps you have a personal connection to why you work.

This article is taking a slight curve or variation on that personal connection to why we work. I’m embarking on a area of mindfulness and spirituality. As we get dressed for work we do routine preparation. When we arrive at work, perhaps you put on proper work gear,( gloves, aprons, check e mails, prepare meals, or daily motivational talks) why?

I’m suggesting to start including regular protective spiritual protective equipment. Being prepared is to be ready beforehand for a specific occasion. Why is being prepared necessary for a specific task or job?

1. It reduces stress because it’s less to worry about.

2. It reduces errors and possibly eliminate rework.

3. It minimizes errors, therefore shortening the work.

4. It adds confidence Consent to Confidence & Rock

5. Plan for success

Our Personal Spiritual Protection Equipment (PSPE ) should be a priority in our daily routine and work life balance. We should put on the whole armor of protection to aid us in surviving our daily challenges.

Please be reminded of King James Version (KJV) Ephesians 6:11, 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

As we are entering into a New Decade 2020, start it out with knowing that your PSPE will carry you further than going along without it. Being in full gear could be a life safer when you are prepared for daily challenges. Proverbs 2:11 (KJV)-

Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

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Ordering my steps by following Gods path.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. (NKJV) New King James Version

In July 1997, I visited Rockford, Illinois for the first time. I had recently buried my husband, and my father in law insisted that I come to Illinois. He was trying to offer comfort to me and my daughters while trying to understand his own sudden loss of his sons death from and aneurysm.

After a few days on the highway, I arrived in a new city that I’ve never seen before. He was awaiting our arrival and met me on the road. “ He said, stay put, I’m coming for you, and I’ll take you to the clock tower.”

Moments later, he and his wife arrived smiling and said follow us, let’s eat at the tower. I was so happy to be with my late husbands family. I felt strong, confident and bold. I felt that I was in a protected place with people who no matter my weakness were there to be a shield of protection for me and my small children. It eased my mind with clarity and direction in knowing that I had recently loss my soul mate, however his father exuded strength and assurance for me.

A tower is known for its height. The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa was built over 177 years. Shortly after building the 296 step tower, it began to sink into the ground. Close to a century later, taller floors were erected to provide balance and compensate for the for tilt of the building. The Eiffel Tower is in London. It was the most paid visited tower in the world. It was once hailed the tallest tower in the world, until the Chrysler Building was completed. It was the tallest building in the world for eleven months until the Empire State Building was completed in 1931.

As life has continued with me , I’ve had numerous challenges to overcome. With the demands of being a single parent, a child with a disability and numerous surgeries, a demanding work schedule, aging parents, and just the juggling act of keeping a balance life; my steps have been ordered by God. When I think about the initial meeting at the Rockford Clock Tower, little did I know that it would shape my life on a forever forging path. The symbolism of the Clock Tower:

1. Protection – Proverbs 2:11 “Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. “ God will work it out for you.

2. Clarity – seeing things clear. Psalms 119:18 “ Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from your Law.”

3. Direction – Psalms 23:3 “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name sake.” (ESV)

4. Confident/Bold – Philippians 4:13 “ I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

5. Strong- Isaiah 40:29 “ He gives strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak.” Being strong is allowances to be able to stand through great force or pressure.

As you embark on your daily journey, lean on your tower. Ordering my steps by following Gods path has afforded me with guidance and movement. I’ve been given direction, boldness and movement. With movement comes change and development. What path are you on? Just like I arrived in a new city that I’d never seen before, I’m hopeful you’ll arrive into your newness as well.

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Striking a home run.

“What do a great hitter and a boxer, have in common ?”

“ they are both sluggers”

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According to Wikipedia Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat.

Now , that you’re thinking about baseball, what’s your favorite player and favorite team? How about thinking about your future and hitting some home runs. You can compare yourself with the rules of baseball. A slugger is someone who strikes hard with a heavy blow. You can say, it’s a powerful hitter.

Top 10 Best MLB Players of All Time – SeatGeek

10.Walter Johnson

9. Pete Rose

8. Jackie Robinson

7. Mickey Mantle

6. Ty Cobb

5. Stan Musial.

4. Ted Williams

3. Babe Ruth

2. Hank Aaron

1. Willie Mays

To be a good ball player, you have to know the rules. “During baseball’s early days, particularly in the late 19th century, when rules changed almost yearly, often significantly. The game as we know it today really only began to take shape in the late 1880s, and even after that, many significant rule changes were made during the rest of that century.”

In 1857, under the Knickerbocker Rules which governed until 1872, the current 9-inning format was adopted, replacing the previous rule that the first team to score 21 runs won. The next year called strikes were recognized, and a batter was out if a ball, fair or foul, was caught on the fly or after one bounce. In 1867.” The National League formed in 1876. Its rules changed almost yearly for the next quarter century. In 1880, a batter was out if the catcher caught the third strike; otherwise, the batter got four strikes. Before 1883, pitchers were required to deliver pitches with their hand below their hips; in that year, the rule was changed to allow shoulder-high deliveries. In 1885, the rules changed, until 1893, to allow bats to be flat on one side; beginning in 1893, they had to be round. In 1887, the rules changed so that batters could no longer call for a pitch; and the strike zone was defined as from the shoulders to the knees. During this period, the pitcher’s mound was much closer to home plate, foul balls were not counted as strikes, batters got four strikes, and the number of “called balls” resulting in a walk—which initially included strikes and foul balls- went from 9 to 8 to 7 to 6 to 5 and, in 1889, to 4. In that same year, the number of strikes went from 4 to 3. In 1894, foul bunts were made strikes, and the infield fly rule was adopted with one out. In 1895, foul tips were made strikes, but not foul balls. In 1898, the first modern balk rule was adopted, as well as the modern rule for recognizing stolen bases. In 1901, the infield fly rule was extended to apply when there were no outs.

In 1903, the American League adopted the foul strike rule. In 1907, the sacrifice fly rule was adopted. In 1910, cork centers were added to balls. In 1925, the minimum distance for a home run was made 250 feet. s. In 1961, the 162-game schedule was adopted. In 1969, the pitcher’s mound dropped five inches and the strike zone reduced: from the armpits to the top of the knees. In 1973, the American League adopted the designated hitter rule—rejected to this day by the National League. (Ref.https:/www.baseball reference.com/boxes/SLN/SLN195209280.shtml). (Pitch clock for baseball?Experiment begins in SEC”)

Here are suggested ways to hit your home run.

Picket Line / Strike Line , are organized established boundaries with emphasis on a protest. Self determination, confidence and financial strength are ways you can self invest and hit some home runs. Wages,salaries, pensions, retirement, temporary work and /or permanent work, let’s make it a home run.

It’s time to grip the bat with both hands. Hold it up high and in front of you. Plant your legs on solid ground, resting on the balls of your feet and relax your elbows and knees . Yeah, just like that. Now, point your eyes on the prize and stay in step with your prize. Knowing the rules of the game is super important, just like in baseball. You have to be current and not use outdated information to win the battle.

Wages and Salaries: wages are a variable amount of compensation, based on the number of hours spent to complete a certain amount of work. Salary: is a fixed amount of earned compensation paid for the performance of an employee. According to Investopedia : “As an hourly employee, you are paid for all of the hours you work. If an employer wants more of your time, they have to pay you more. Legal overtime is time and a half; some employers may pay double time for holidays, but that isn’t mandatory unless it’s part of a contract that covers your job. If you’re in a well-compensated field with lots of overtime, you could bring home more than if you earned the same official pay on a salaried basis.” With a salaried individual, Salaried employees received a fixed wage, but they must keep up with their responsibilities and complete necessary tasks—even if that means working extra hours.

Be wise with your wages and salaries. Be that great self slugger. Be an all time self starter and invest in you. If not you, do it for your love ones. Don’t allow your working years to slip through the cracks. While this time has been allotted, hit a home run. Start practicing on hitting a home run with any down time you have. Your employer has many plans an funds to consider and evaluate for your financial health. Seek useful literature and go on line for information. Information is power. Grab the bat with both hands. Research the rules and opportunities to enhance your game.

According to Wikipedia Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat.

Now is the time to spend some time planning your strategic home run. Take advantage of unplanned opportunities to reinvest in yourself. Just imagine this NO excuses this time. Get with your team and collaborate on ways to be better after the storm is over. Know your plan for all nine innings and have a strategy for a rain delay.

Stay tuned for the continuation of Part 2: pensions, retirement, temporary work and /or permanent work, let’s make it a home run.

What’s a pension, what’s a 401k? Are there any guarantees?

Union mind and STRIKING union Attitude?

Everyone regardless of their status or mental intellect has attitude.

Congratulations brothers and sisters who are picketing.

You have survived a huge milestone and it certainly matters. It matters because of the willingness you’ve shown in standing up for union attitude. It matters because you are a member of the solidarity class. It has been said : International Standard Version Eccl. 9:11

I considered and observed on earth the following: The race doesn’t go to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor food to the wise, nor wealth to the smart, nor recognition to the skilled. Instead, timing and circumstances meet them all.

This article is written for the brothers and sisters who are first time picketers. Many of the legacy supporters are aware of past experiences and tools that were needed and utilized. Legacy workers are those with seniority with the company. This is also written as a refresher article for the legacy workers. It’s my opinion that for one to be successful there has to be rules to succeed. Your success lies in your pride, dignity, and attitude. What’s your union attitude?

Pride is a deep feeling of pleasure derived from ones own achievement. Pride is being confident and having self respect. I’m sure you can think of something you achieved that gave you great pride. Perhaps it was finishing high school, enlisting in the army, building a model airplane, cooking a holiday meal, offering and apology, or standing up for the disabled or buying food to feed the hungry.

Pride and Prejudice is a 1797 novel written by Georgian era author Jane Austen. It’s about wealth and who could posses this wealth. Men were the only inheritors of wealth and if women had wealth it was by marriage. Elizabeth is the main character, who has four sisters whom the mom is seeking marriage for them. Several gentlemen callers approach Elizabeth, however she refrains from accepting their proposal.

In this novel it exams the customs and culture of this era. To be prideful wasn’t a good attribute to have . During this time, If one was proud it was said to “ think that you’re better” than others, and you didn’t interact well with others. Prejudice was thought to have a” preconceived idea”about someone and making assumptions about their character. In today’s terms, pride is a good thing to possess. How does these two words impact your decision making skills?

Dignity is defined as worthy of respect and an honorable rank. It overlaps with pride, as in a sense of dignity and pride of one’s self. For the first time picketers, know who you are and what you represent. To have a dignified union attitude is is to be reminded that you are a part of a family, in so much that you are connected to a group of like minded people. As with family, there should be unity. I’ve observed that the spirit of family shines bright whenever there’s a commonness and connection in purpose. While on the picket line, keep focused on your purpose of why you’re there.

Attitude is how you think towards people, places , things and situations. Having a positive attitude is imperative to getting through difficult and stressful situations. You are a first time picketer, let’s get started. It takes a lot of courage.

1. Build up your confidence by knowing, you can do this.

2. Take care of yourself. Proper diet, clothes,and alertness.

3. Remind yourself, “I’m in for the win.”

4. Stay connected to others, remembering your purpose.

5. Don’t become distracted

6. Keep in mind be enthusiastic

7. Visualize the outcome of why you’re doing this

Integrity is your standards. It’s about the quality state of being unified, whole and undivided. When you have a measure of integrity it’s a conviction of doing the right thing. It’s like what I learned and recited as a child in Sunday School. It was referred to as the golden rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This is necessary while on the picket line. For survivorship and purpose to be realized, high standards must be practiced.

Integrity is necessary for all involved. If everyone has a four hour strike time slot, it’s important that the team adheres to this. What example would a worker be showing if s/he left early from their assignment. Their integrity is called into question and the team has been compromised. Be a person of your word and adhere to the golden rule. Union attitude is that thing that “each one, teach one.” Engage with others and get to know one another.

First time picketers, a word about union attitude and appearance. What is your message? Write it down and make it plain. Displaying your signage is necessary and impactful. It’s what the public sees. Your banners, signage and other messaging items should reflect your cause to action. Be creative as well as direct with what you’re doing.

What you wear speak volumes. Affiliation and perception is half of the battle of the strike. Our clothes reflect a standard and connection to others who are in support of the cause. Our clothes reflect solidarity. Not only is there a commonality with the group and a sense of pride, it also effects the public. It’s effects others by identifying who we are and garners support for our movement to action.

Many years ago, there was a group of workers going to Black Lake, Michigan for training. The group was wearing their union gear, t shirts, jackets and caps. A very visibly panicked sister approached the group, breathing heavy, holding papers and dragging heavy luggage, shouted “ are you all with the union?” Several ladies heard her desperate shout, stopped and said “yes.” The sister sat on her tallest luggage in the middle of the airport floor, to compose herself. She wiped a few tears and said “ I’m here alone, never have been on a union trip, scared and I didn’t know what to do, upon arriving in Detroit.” She said she felt like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, and wishing to be back home. During her despair, she looked up and saw an array of brothers and sisters wearing union clothes and a big smile. She quickly introduced herself to each of us and asked “ can I stay with y’all?” She was so overwhelmed and with emotion and gratitude. We asked her how did she know us, she replied “ from the clothes y’all were wearing .” Needless to say, to this very day we all remain connected and unified. I can’t emphasize the importance of union appearance. What you represent, and the message you echo is being shared with others.

First time strikers, you have arrived. You are here and present. As in the novel Pride and Prejudice, it is a learning experience and proposals could be rejected. It’s also important to know that it carries great value. Remain hopeful and engaging. Welcome to your future, a stage of embarking upon endless possibilities. A stage upon reflections of pride,dignity and attitude. This is a time of life changing commitments, courage and confidence. Proudly wear your badge of integrity as in being unified and undivided. Proudly wear your badge of integrity as in whispering the golden rule during times of uncertainty. Visualize the outcome as in Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, by knowing everything you need lies within you. Now, you have a Union Mind and Striking Attitude. In solidarity forever.

UAW Strike, Can it disappear?

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Currently, the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, UAW, is on strike.  A strike is a voted upon agreement by an organization to gain concessions from ones employer.  This is also known as a labor strike, which is a collectively bargained agreement voted on by its members in good standing with their union.  The international executive union leadership has the authority to enforce and publicly announce a strike.

Workers can raise many issues which they deem are unfair, under represented and unresolved.  Some of the trending issues with this strike is unfair wages, health benefits and retiree benefits.


How did we get here :
In late 2008, General Motors was on a downward business model along with Chrysler and facing bankruptcy.   In any business model, bankruptcy isn’t factored into the equation. Once this factor was inevitable, a quick strategy was needed and a viable remedy needed to be birthed.   The United States of America government while President George H.W. Bush was in office started drafting a financial bailout plan to aid the struggling automotive giant.

The sentiment of many people was “ how can a country, with such a rich international automobile influence fail?”  With that being the underlying question and loosing world wide business positioning, perhaps the right move was to save these American icons. This was important to many people, to be that beacon of hope to the world, that in tough times people will show loyalty and solidarity.

In 2009, our newly elected President of the USA Barack Obama, inherited the burden of the automotive industry financial dilemma. How was he going to fix this problem?President Obama’s messaging was “ be the change you want to see”.  That impactful statement resonated with the masses and established the platform for the Big Three (General Motors, Ford Motors and Chrysler) workers to help the company help save their jobs. Ford Motor was the only one of the three not in bankruptcy status. This was the time of hope and “one America” If this statement was said by the President of the USA , then it had to be the gold standard of reforming this industry. This mind set gave the workers a voice, confidence and empowerment, along with the suppliers of these companies. For many workers it seemed right to save their job in hopes of a stronger comeback in the near future. Workers are the most valuable asset, and with that understanding, the workers collectively agreed to numerous concessions.  The Big Three workers were visible and showed enduring presence and solidarity.

Concessions are items that are agreed upon to move forward with negotiations. The government gave a financial bailout,  the Big Three Corporates made internal restructuring changes. The workers made changes;  COLA, Retiree benefits , wage adjustments, (new hires being paid less wages to do the work) plant closings (uprooting their family balance) and combining skill level classifications. Perhaps feeling  confident that the Big Two ( General Motors and Chrysler ) would gain financial momentum , their sacrifice and loyalty would be appreciated and rewarded, because we are “one America.” In the last few years, the Big Two have repaid the government bailout, and have made billions of dollars in profits.  It appears that all of their commitments have been satisfied and finances are at an all time high. The workers are a huge part of the success story that’s woven into these billion dollar companies. Now, the workers have been awaiting their “piece of the pie”,  Isn’t it time to sing, shout and be happy?


Staying Focused:
The President of the UAW during the Big Three restructuring crisis was Ronald Gettlelfinger.  According to Wikipedia “Gettelfinger is an outspoken advocate for national single-payer health care in the United States. Under Gettelfinger’s leadership, the UAW lobbied for fair trade agreements that included provisions. He opposed any additional worker concessions until the then-current contract expired in 2011.”

In June 2010, Robert Thompson” Bob” King became the newly elected UAW President.  He is a lawyer, leader and labor activist. According to Democracy NOW!  during his presidency and auto bailout, Bob King stated: “We want companies to know two things. One, if you work with our membership, you respect our membership, you give them a voice in the workplace and the decisions, we’re going to help you make the best quality product, the best price. If you’re unfair to workers, you’ve got a — it’s going to cost you a lot of money to not treat workers fairly.”  “ The best business decision is to work with our membership, and that’s what we’re hoping they’ll do.”

In June 2014, Dennis Williams, became the newly elected President of the UAW.  Williams previously served as the union’s Secretary-Treasurer, elected at the UAW’s 35th Constitutional Convention in June 2010. According to uaw.org , Dennis Williams quote regarding solidarity,  “Over the past four years, the UAW has forged a positive path. We have put ourselves in a better position. We have looked death in the eyes during the recession. We have bought our union back to a foundation of fiscal responsibility for our membership and we have fought the fight. And we will continue to do so. Brothers and sisters, we are in solidarity together forever.”

In June 2018, Gary Jones was elected UAW President. Jones previously was the Region 5, Director.  According to autonews.com “We invested in you. Now it’s your turn to invest in us. I’m here to fight for you. Knowing our core values, knowing who we are and knowing what the UAW is about could not be more important than it is today.”


In Charles Dickens novel, A Tale of Two Cities, with opening lines, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

In the referenced Tale of Two Cities, the UAW has faced many challenges and conflicts.  As with any great leader there are qualities that can not be ignored.  Being in harmony and unified in the fight for socio-economic justice. This is in relationship to how one progresses in their society and economy with contributing factors such as education, income and occupation.  Great leaders show creativity, commitment, confidence, and accountability. At some level within the UAW leadership these skills have been evident and should be appreciated.


Can the strike disappear?
Walter Phillip Reuther was an activist, labor unionist and civil rights advocate, who built the United Automobile Workers into one of the worlds most progressive organizations in US history. He is quoted by uaw.org with “Our membership are the strength of the UAW, and the membership and the families of our members, they are the purpose of the UAW. And in the years ahead, this union must remain true to its commitment to the welfare and the well-being of our rank and file. This union is not about Solidarity House; it is not about your local union headquarters; this union is about the men and women that we represent, and behind them their families.”  (1970 UAW Convention, April 1970)

In modern times a strike consists of union members who walk out of the work site and form a picket line.  The purpose of a picket line is to show outwardly as a tool to persuade workers to not enter the building.  It’s used to represent that workers are in disagreement with their working conditions.  A sit down strike is where the workers remain in the worksite preventing management from entering the building. This style is utilized so “scabs” can’t perform the work of the strikers.  Scabs are workers who willingly work in spite of the strikers refusal to work.

“In 1936, General Motors (GM) was the largest corporation in the world and held many plants in Flint, Michigan, about 60 miles north of Detroit.”  With working conditions becoming progressively intolerable, intervention became necessary. It was “New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1936 when the workers sat down in the plants and refused to leave. General Motors retaliated by turning off the heat in the plant. In solidarity with the Flint strikers, Reuther led a strike at Detroit’s Fleetwood Plant, where bodies were made for GM’s luxury vehicle, the Cadillac. Support strikes were also called in Oakland, California, Pontiac, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri. Autoworkers around the nation engaged in action in support of the Flint sit-down strikers. “ (See Sit-down strike)

After many days of a hard fought battle , 44 to be exact, General Motors recognized the workers rights and the first collective bargaining agreement was birthed.  This event set the stage for a five year labor contract with exchange of a no strike clause in the agreement. Workers gained better wages, health care benefits, pensions and became new members to the middle class society.  Chrysler workers went on strike for four weeks, Reuther negotiated a successful collective bargained agreement with the UAW. Now, on to Ford Motor.  This was a four year fight. Mr. Ford was steadfast and adamant about his refusal to allow his company to become unionized.  He fought with fervor, and positioned a vigilante team to enforce his decision of no union within his company.  After numerous publicized killings, beatings, and abuse of people, the news media shined a spot light on this abnormality. This practice wasn’t what Ford wanted highlighted, therefore he conceded and the UAW was recognized.

The Big Three became the standard bearer for the world. It hasn’t been easy.  Walter Reuther’s vision along with his brothers (Victor and Roy) and many, many others have made a visible and noticeable impact on collective bargaining. His model has proven successful down through the years.  As each generation faces the challenges of their times, it won’t be an easy fight. However, the vision of our fore workers sacrifices for annual raises, cost of living allowances, health benefits, pension plans, educational accommodations, unemployment benefits, and family work life balance are all necessary.  UAW Strike,  can it disappear?  In the words of the current UAW President -Gary Jones, as he sat across the table from GM CEO Mary Barra,  “We invested in you. Now it’s your turn to invest in us.”  We are the voice of the American worker, the defenders of the middle class.”

The UAW Strike can not disappear.  As in the formative years of a recognized presence, that same spirit is what it will take to succeed.

UAW workers, how to stay healthy during a strike.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica,

“Strike, collective refusal by employees to work under the conditions required by employers. Strikes arise for a number of reasons, though principally in response to economic conditions (defined as an economic strike and meant to improve wages and benefits) or labour practices (intended to improve work conditions). Other strikes can stem from sympathy with other striking unions or from jurisdictional disputes between two unions. Illegal strikes include sit-down strikes, wildcat strikes, and partial strikes (such as slowdowns or sick-ins). Strikes may also be called for purely political reasons (as in the general strike).” What does this mean to workers, families and the community?  As a proud, experienced executive member of the UAW and Chairperson of the Women’s Committee, I have a good grasp of the UAW values. We believe in solidarity.  United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) believes in economic justice, collective bargaining, job security, educational training, cost of living allowances, employee health/safety insurance and a seat at the table of human rights.

Where do you stand on these issues? Are they important to you? Perhaps you feel as if your concerns aren’t being heard or taken with the seriousness that they should be taken. Perhaps you’ve been a hard worker or know a worker who is seeking economic fairness. Are you seeking job security, has made monumental life changes and decisions in waiting for the American dream of a equal honest day pay for a honest day of work. Are you sacrificing your comfort and risking your health and well being for a multi-billion dollar company, who view you as replaceable and non beneficial? It’s my opinion that when  we all work shoulder to shoulder, arm to arm, that’s where our strength lie. That’s taking a step towards your future and well being.

How to stay healthy during a strike :

1. Take air into the lungs and then expel it, especially as a regular physiological process.

“breathe in through your nose”

2. Take care of your body.  You have to put your health and well being as a top priority.  When you practice self care, then you can assist others.  Have you ever been on an airplane?  When safety instructions are being given, it’s usually stated “ place the air mask on yourself, then assist others”. This is an act of survival and wellness.

3. Eating the proper foods is very necessary.  It’s been said , “ you are what you eat 

4. Keeping a calm mind is important. Our inner strength, being more confident, thankfulness , our ability to remain stress less are important during interrupted life challenges.

5. Engage with your community.  Solidarity, was built on a group of like mined individuals, stay involved, don’t isolate yourself, stand together.  Each one teach one.  During these times of uncertainty, being on strike, its important to know with certainty WHO WE ARE and What we are known as.

At the core, labor unions (we) are working men and women, unified as one force. Despite any personal differences that may exist between us, we have banded together to protect and improve the lives of workers. We rise up together for the greater good. We defend one another like family.

SUE CARNEY, “We’re Not a Fee-for-Service Organization”, The American Postal Worker, March/April, 2014

Consent To Confidence & Rock Your World.

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Wages and Salaries

I had the opportunity to be an elected delegate from my UAW local union. I attendedSpecial Bargaining Convention in Detroit, Michigan. March 11-14, 2019.

Upon arriving from the Detroit Airport, I had reservations at the Marriott Renaissance Center. It’s located in a mega center, shared with General Motors Hdqtrs,Starbucks, Chase Bank, AT&T, Sprint, CVS, Burger King, Volt Bar and numerous other business establishments.

Healthy hustle and heart is a site that promotes healthfulness in creative ways and finding your space to be the best version of yourself. Speaking and sharing critical thinking and being positive is a part of your health life balance. When we talk, we are breathing. Breathing promotes added benefits to your health, such as it alleviates stress, improve confidence, and can improve blood circulation.

Does wages and salaries affect your health ? Should advocating for a better wage promote a better quality of living? These are debates that are being addressed to create standards of living, family values and work life balance.

This video represents my healthy morning routine. Are there ways you can get a healthy work out completed ?

Good Morning, Good Morning, I am Cheryl Stubblefield. I am from the V-Cap winning region 5. My awesome and empowering Director is Mr. Vance Pearson and his awesome assistant is Mr Darrel Coulter, my fabulous and illustrious President is Samantha Conde, and my chair is Julia Jordan Davis.

Wages and the relationship between what one does and what one receives, that is our wages.

Ask yourself, what do you want to be known for? We Are One.

Wisconsin is known for their cheese.

Texas, that’s our long horn state.

Detroit, how about the car capital of the world.

California, is known for their avocados.

Delaware, is the first state to ratify the Constitution.

Illinois, is known to abolish slavery, they had the first skyscraper, aquarium, and our first African American President Obama, launched his political career there.

Iowa, the highest literacy rate.

Kansas, home of the first female mayor.

Massachusetts, same sex marriage licenses were issued.

Mississippi, the first lung transplant.

Nebraska, is known for their state motto “ Equality before the law”

The UAW -United Automobile, Aerospace, Agricultural implement Workers of America, is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America. With more members in virtually every sector of our economy. Our unique strength of UAW is solidarity, between active and retired members.

Romans 4:4 says : Now to the one who works, his/ her wages are not counted as a gift, but as his/ her dues. In Leviticus, you shall not oppress your workers or your neighbors, because you don’t want to rob them.

I stand in agreement of this resolution, I am asking my brothers and sisters to join me and as our Executive Director and President has already stated We Are One, and we deserve fair and equal wages for all. Thank You !

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