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. Rick

    Now if only those lazy good for nothing CEO's and GM executives would greenlight cars people WANT.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • diggit

      I liked the comment by the guy on a speaking tour who said GM should not have been bailed out and allowed to go bankrupt. Because then after bankruptcy someone else would have taken over instead of the same people staying who did such a bad job they had to be bailed out.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    FORD MUSTANGS RULE THE EARTH

    September 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flooby

      It's apparent that huge d0uchebags took over the mustangs that rule the earth.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mortamus

    I let them take my dental and my vision insurance because they said GM was having a hard time.

    So where is it ? DO I get it back? Am I the only one asking?

    September 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan Da Man

    Ugly Welfare chevys, shoddy made by leg breaker thug unions.I don't so.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    dont say hi gung

    September 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MM

    I like my Mexican made Silverado, but I kind of want a Ford diesel truck.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HA!

    Sacrifices by the membership = loss of the jobs bank which paid laid off workers.

    Doesn't seem like a sacrifice to me. Join the rest of the working world- the concept of the union may have been important 100 years ago but now it is out-dated, unnecessary, and corrupt.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rdivy

    Combined years with GM-300. Combined salaries and benefits-$2mil. Overpaid for the junk they build.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. t

    Aw come on people. My dtr bought a Chevy Cruz, cute car and good gas mileage. My husband drives a Malibu, great car too. We all want to make a decent living, why not auto workers too. Without unions no one (except CEO's) will be bringing home a decent paycheck.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Me

    Someone needs to kick each one of those rednekkks in the face

    September 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Deep North

    Cindy DeLau continues to work on assembly line ergonomic improvements,..translation....I bolt in the seat for 26 bucks an hour!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan Da Man

    poor dumb demotards keep wasting our money bailing out the unions, that buys votes.thats called corruption.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    If they survived that well, how come they didn't pay off on the bonds they defaulted on?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bellabiv Devot

    Unions exist today only to exist.

    All the good things they have done are now largely handled by employment law at the state and federal level.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    While I feel bad for the family's predicament, it seems that the younger ones in their family are equally responsible for the issues they face. We live in the world's wealthiest country with the best educational opportunities, yet people like the 26-year-old son willingly chose not to take advantage of them. So many people in the developing world would kill for such an opportunity–to better themselves in every way possible. The American economy shines in its services–we design the best technology products and we provide the best financial services. In this day and age, if you choose to squander your opportunity for gaining valuable skills, then you will have to compete with those in India and China, who are just clamoring for the opportunity to make a better life for themselves. The 26-year-old's father grew up at a time when manufacturing was an important part of the economy, but his son should have desired better...

    September 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
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