Thanksgiving (November 26, 2014)
I am James Ducker, newly elected President of Local 848, and I would like to share my thanks with all the members of Local 848. I cannot begin a Thanksgiving without thanking God the Father for his Son, my savior. I am so fortunate to have a supporting wife and family. My wife Sherri is the most beautiful and supportive woman I know. I married way up and am not deserving of such a wonderful and Godly woman. I brought three grown and healthy children and Sherri brought two grown and one teenage child to our combined family of six children.
I am thankful for lifelong friends Duane Woodard and George Campbell; and friend for life Tim Bulin. But the purpose of this Thanksgiving is to give thanks to the UAW Local 848.
I give thanks to the UAW Local 848 for all it’s meant to my life, especially in challenging times. I became a member the first day I walked into Building 23 at the JSF plant on November 12, 1979. I was being escorted by George “Yankee” Minor and he gave me a union card and I was proud to sign it.
Through the years I have met many wonderful people, both friends and colleagues. For that I am thankful. When I became a member of the Local 848 Leadership team as a Zone 6 Steward at JSF in 1992, a new passion was developed within that I give thanks for. This passion has come full circle as I take the office of President and I am truly thankful for that. I want to thank the members that supported me in the most recent election and I commit to give you my best effort in this position.
I am thankful for the relationship that UAW Local 848 and the companies have developed through the years, which have afforded a great many benefits to our members that we still receive. I understand that it has been increasingly difficult to find common ground in our current situation, but I am committed to seek out that common ground and lead our Local through this trying time. I strive to secure labor agreements that Local 848 members rally for because together we will prevail, divided we will most certainly have less-than-desirable outcomes. Standing together, reaching for equitable contracts in a unified effort, Local 848 can and will prevail again. I truly give thanks for that.
May every member and their families be surrounded by a hedge of protection this Thanksgiving. Please take the time to give thanks and share it with the members of Local 848.
In Solidarity and with Thanksgiving,
UAW Local 848