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. UAW s-u-c-k-s

    This is the last story that I would want posted on the web if I were a UAW representative. The nepotism and country club mentality of the UAW is appalling. They DO NOT speak for the working class anymore. They just speak for their own "club" members and family connections.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sherrie

    God, stupid comment award goes to nancy for her "how do GM employees like working for the government". Missed the part where they paid it back, so therefore not beholden to the government? Duh!
    I have a Monte Carlo SS. Fab car!

    September 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe's mama's pimp

    freind or foe its really up to you us against the Etards

    September 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sherrie

    The UAW speaks for the members of the UAW. Who the hell did you think they speak for? The FOP?

    September 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PDQ

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

    Not Ford ... it never took any government bailout money at all.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. termlimits

    Looks a group of no nothing liberals. You know, like the Democratic Party!!

    September 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. elmoe

    FORDS R GOOOD. SO ARE JEEPS, BTW. GM products are cheap made junk. Go to any Chevrolet or GM lot and push on a body panel. It will dent. GM products are just poor quality.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gung hoe's mama's pimp

    gung hoe has no class he became JO its up to him Ill talk as myself or get a new name and my friends WILL bug the Fck out of all of you have a talk with your hate filled friend all of the Etards!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. etard

    Scientific studies have proven only sisssies drive GM cars or like the Ernhartds. Sisssies.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. frankfoe

    Ugly family....

    September 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. oleg

    Its Ernhardt sissies. Number 3 stinks. BOOOOOO.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Yeddo

    I wasn't talking about automobile corporations. But your point is well taken.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Yeddo

    Oh, ha ha, termlimits. Never heard that one before. (Sarcasm)

    September 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Yeddo

    I have an '87 Dakota. It's got 220860. miles on it. Original everything. I'm happy.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. oleg

    YAAAAY YEDO ! Dodge and Jeeps are happy vehicles.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
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