Update: GM family still cranking out cars
The extended Green family of Lansing, Michigan, has worked for GM for a combined total of more than 300 years.
September 6th, 2011
02:22 PM ET

Update: GM family still cranking out cars

Thanks to you, the Green clan is still cranking out cars in Lansing, Michigan.

CNN introduced you in November 2008 to 10 members of the family who had provided a collective 300 years of service to General Motors and the United Auto Workers union. GM's future was hanging in the balance as the federal government weighed whether to save the automaker with an infusion of billions of taxpayer dollars.

"We're not asking to be bailed out, we're asking for a loan," Mike Green, the president of UAW Local 652, said at the time. "We're not asking for a handout, we're asking for a hand up."

The $50 billion loan was approved, a new version of GM emerged, the taxpayers recouped their money, and the extended Green family kept working.

"I think the government made one of the best investments it ever made," Green, now 50, told CNN this week. "I'd like to thank the American public for having faith in an American company."

Green has been re-elected as president of UAW Local 652, his sister Cindy DeLau continues to work on assembly line ergonomic improvements, and his son Rollin, 26, is "hanging in" at GM's Delta Plant, just west of Lansing, despite having been laid off a couple of times in the last three years.

Painful concessions by the UAW were part of the survival plan, Mike Green noted.

"Because of the sacrifices of the membership, we made it through," he said.

Not only did GM survive, but it's bringing 600 to 700 more jobs to Lansing next year when production starts for a new Cadillac product.

"It's been good for Lansing," Green said. "We appreciate that GM is bringing work here. That's what we do here. You bring it, we'll build it."

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  1. nancy

    I wonder how GM employees like having a government job? Money we worked for was taken away from us in the form of taxes and given to GM and its employees. I for one would like to keep the money I work for. You can bet I will be dead before I ever buy a car made by GM.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • American car lover

      Nancy, you are short sighted. We have a government for just such a tragedy when a huge company has trouble due to the economy. We all shoud be glad GM was saved.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JAMES

    GM stinks. So does its union thug employees.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • American car lover

      GM is building quality automobiles. The unions have been humbled, and the workers are glad to have the jobs they do. Saving GM was a great thing for the government to do.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HOFFA

    Why isnt CNN reporting on the Union boss Jimmy Hoffa Jr and him telling Union workers to TAKE OUT tea party aupporters.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • American car lover

      CNN has that story about Hoffa. He was ridiculous to say that, for sure.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mom

    No one likes Chevrolet or General Motors anymore. Their autos are junk. Theior workers are lazy union members. BUMS.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • American car lover

      I like American cars. I won't buy a foreign car because the profits go overseas, don't stay at home. GM autos aren't junk. You probably haven't seen or ridden in a Buick or Cadillac lately. You'd have seen how luxurious and elegant those cars are.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    As to comments, I agree with much of the above.
    The last American car that I bought was in the early 1980s. I'll never buy another one.
    Cadillacs used to be fun, but they're always being fixed.
    Pretty is as pretty does.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    That's true, more or less.
    It's also true that too many unions have made America a bad deal.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gungho

    NOW I LL GETS ME A ESCALDE FROM ALL MY HOE S MONEY.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Not gung hoe.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe's mama's pimp

    NOW I GONNA GITS ME A LINCOLN

    September 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe's mama's pimp

    what s it gonna be freind foe?

    September 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. American car lover

    It was a great idea to lend GM the money to stay in business. Unemployment would be much worse without Government help. We can all be happy that GM is still around. They are making GREAT CARS.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ben

    Gung Hoe has class. Its easy to spot a faker.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. elmoe

    Im not a GM fan either. Our tax money helped build those chevrolets. We should at least get a discount on the GM junkers.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • American car lover

      If you are talking about GM cars, you are talking about quality automobiles. Buicks are elegant and luxurious. Chevrolets are just as nice in their price range.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Yeddo

    Uh huh, nancy, did you happen to read where GM PAID THAT MONEY BACK? You'd be the first to b!tch if people had to collect unemployment because GM went under, wouldn't you? Idiot!

    September 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • taxpayer

      I am glad GM paid it back but i wish they would have broken the back of the UAW. The UAW is so undeserving.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Yeddo

    GM paid it back.
    How many other corpoations have done that?

    September 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
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