Ypsi March for Love, Resilience & Action – Join us!

Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Friends:

The Huron Valley Area Labor Federation will participate in the The Ypsi March for Love, Resilience & Action on Jan. 20th-21st. On Friday Jan. 20th, 7pm, at Bona Sera – 200 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti – there will be a pre-march evening of music, performance, and preparation. HVALF will be present and working to build relationships and demonstrate our continuing solidarity with the community. We will also use this as an opportunity to speak to people about the power of a union.
On Saturday Jan. 21st, at 12pm, starting at Bona Sera, we’ll march with our community! In the words of the event’s organizers, “this is a time to express our grief and fear about how his political agenda may hurt many of us. But, it is also a time for us to show our RESILIENCE by marching to locations where activists, past and present, have bravely worked to transform our world through abolitionist, women’s, LGBT, civil rights, and labor resistance.”
 I hope to see you there!
HVALF Organizers

Save the Affordable Care Act Rally, Sun Jan 15, 12:30

Via American Federation of Teachers:

When: Sunday January 15, 12:30 PM
Where: Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile Rd., Warren, MI.

“People are fed up with this GOP attack on our health care and folks in Michigan are ready to stand up and say they have had enough. So join me, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Gary Peters, Congressman John Conyers, Congressman Sandy Levin, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, and Congressman Dan Kildee, along with citizens from throughout Michigan, and make your voice heard.”

Click here to RSVP.

HVALF Phone Banks Week of 12-12

Sisters and brothers,

We’ve decided to cancel Sunday’s phone bank due to the bad weather. The phone banks planned for Monday through Thursday of this week, starting at 2pm and running to 7pm, will go forward as planned.

WHAT: Union Phone Bank
WHEN: Monday Dec 12 – Thursday Dec 15, 2 – 7 PM
WHERE: Ann Arbor Education Association office, 4141 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor

We need to shut down the rest of the lame duck session. We’ve been quite successful, thus far, by reaching out to the union members who live in Republican Districts, explaining the situation, and asking them to phone their Representatives or Senators to let them know that they oppose these far right initiatives.

Moreover, these calls have more lasting effects. They increase members’ awareness about what the Republicans are actually doing. Without our help, how can our members keep track of the flurry of anti-union, anti-democratic changes that ALEC and the DeVos family shove through whenever there is an opportunity. And they give members a sense that they are part of a much bigger, state-wide resistance movement. We are all in this together.

You don’t have to come for the whole five hours. Take a break from whatever else you’re doing and phone bank for any two hours that work for you.

If you’re coming on one of the week days, please let our Field Coordinator, Jake Altman (hvalfwork@gmail.com) know you’re coming!

Hope to see you soon!

In Solidarity,
Ian Robinson
HVALF President

Defend Teachers – Fight for a Secure Retirement

When: Thursday December 1, 2:30 – 7:00 PM
Where: 4141 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103-1827
Facebook event

The Republican leadership of the Michigan Legislature is mounting an attack on educator pensions during the “lame duck” session. We all have a stake in fighting to preserve, and expand good pension programs that provide a guarantee benefit and security after a lifetime of hard work. We all have a dog in this fight. Our opponents hope we will divide and fall. If public sector, including K-12 teachers’ pensions are attacked successfully this time, we can expect emboldened attacks on all our benefits at the bargaining table. People who work for a living need to stand together at moments like this. Join us as we call our sisters, brothers, and friends across Michigan and organize them against these attacks.

We will call our members across the state to mobolize them against this effort. We’ll be able to patch them through to their legislators and spread the message that working people don’t want policies that undermine people’s retirement security.

Wendy Fields, Democracy Initiative Thurs Dec 8

Sisters and brothers,

One of our biggest challenges over the next four years will be to protect and advance democratic values in the more hostile political environment that Trump has already helped to create.

One important element of our response must be to build stronger coalitions of progressive organizations. That is the mandate of The Democracy Initiative, a coalition of 58 progressive organizations.

Come and hear from its Executive Director, Wendy Fields, what strategies she believes offer the best hope of strengthening such a coalition and, in the process, our democracy.

Fields will tell us about the work and plans of the Democracy Initiative, then respond to suggestions and questions. The event will be held on the evening of TH, Dec 8, from 7-9pm, in the University of Michigan’s East Quad, Room 1405. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please save this date in your calendar and tell your friends. This talk and discussion is open to the public, so please share widely. We hope that everyone who cares about the future of democracy in this country (and beyond) comes and participates in what should be a stimulating and hopeful discussion.

Event flyer (PDF)

In solidarity,
Ian Robinson
President, HVALF

Campaign Canvassing Kick-off Sat Oct 1

When: Saturday October 1, 10 AM
Where: Liuna Office, 3080 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, 48108
Facebook event

This Saturday, the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation will begin knocking doors to encourage people to vote for pro-education, pro-labor candidates in November. We will campaign for Donna Lasinski for the 52 nd district of the Michigan State House, and also for the re-election of UM Regents Laurence Deitch and Denise Ilitch.

We need pro-labor representatives in the State House so that they can prevent further anti-labor legislation and start putting forth pro-labor laws! And having Regents who support us will give GEO and LEO a lot more power at the bargaining table! Each of these campaigns is winnable, but we have to knock as many doors and talk to as many voters as we can!

Statewide, AFT has a goal of knocking on 350,000 doors—which comes out to about 1 (~3-hour) shift for every 50 union members. For GEO that’s about 26-28 shifts, which is very doable! In fact, we could do it in one day (and again every week after that)! Any number of shifts you can take will be appreciated, and the more shifts you can take, the better we’ll do! Other unions, including UM-LEO and EMUFT, will be knocking doors with us, so we need to do our part as well.

If you have any questions about the canvassing, please feel free to contact Rebecca Thomas (renicholet@gmail.com) or Jesse Holloway (jessenihongo2@gmail.com). If you plan on coming out to knock doors, please RSVP to this event!

If you can’t make it on Saturdays, come to knock doors on our dedicated UM walk nights on Thursdays, 4-7pm.