Fall 2016 HVALF Endorsements

Brothers, Sisters, Friends:

This election is vital for working families. We desperately need an economy that works for all people. To get such an economy, we need to help elect people who will fight for fairness and equity in our communities! On Tuesday, November 8 ,you have an opportunity to vote for candidates who have fought and will fight for us. It’s vital that we all turn out and support worker-friendly candidates this November. Below, you will find a list of our endorsed candidates.

The process we used to identify labor-friendly candidates had several steps:

  • As candidates approach us about endorsements, they complete an on-line survey to get our consideration. This survey covered a range of issues that matter to our members: wages, healthcare, retirement benefits, prevailing wage, and others.
  • The HVALF’s Committee on Political Education (COPE), which includes all members of our Executive Committee plus other delegates interested in participating, read each response.
  • We then met briefly the candidates who filled out our survey. This allowed us to ask follow-up questions and gave the candidates a chance to add to what they wrote in the survey.
  • With this information, supplemented with additional research where we thought it useful, the COPE made recommendations to the HVALF’s Delegate body at our monthly meeting.
  • The HVCLC Delegates discussed and voted on the COPE’s recommendations, with the results you’ll see on our list of endorsed candidates on the opposite side of this page.
  • Would you like to read candidates’ answers to our on-line surveys? As a member of one of our affiliates, we are happy to share that information with you. Just contact Ian Robinson at e.ian.robinson@gmail.com and he will send you a link to the HVALF shared documents folder where the responses are stored.

    Questions? Want to help our volunteers phone bank or canvass before November? Contact Jake Altman (734-730-4356).

    Here is a printable version of the endorsements list (PDF).

    State-Level Endorsements

    2016 State House

    • State House #52 (Washtenaw): Donna Lasinski
    • StateHouse#53(Washtenaw):Yousef Rabhi
    • State House #54 (Washtenaw): Ronnie Peterson
    • State House #55 (Washtenaw): Adam Zemke
    • State House #64 (Jackson): Ronald Kenneth Brooks

    Michigan Supreme Court

    • Debra Thomas

    State Board of Education

    • John Austin
    • Ismael Ahmed

    University of Michigan Regents

    • Larry Deitch
    • Denise Ilitch

    Michigan State University Trustees

    • Dianne Byrum
    • Diann Woodard

    Wayne State University Board of Governors

    • Mark Gaffney
    • Yvette Anderson

    2016 Local Government Endorsements

    Washtenaw County Sheriff

    • Jerry Clayton

    Washtenaw County Treasurer

    • Catherine McClary

    Washtenaw County Commission

    • District 1: Kent Martinez-Kratz
    • District 2: Michelle Deatrick
    • District 4: Felicia Brabec
    • District 6: Ricky Lee Jefferson
    • District 7: Andy LaBarre
    • District 8: Jason Morgan
    • District 9: Conan Smith

    Washtenaw County 14A District Court

    • Robin Stephens

    Washtenaw County College Trustee

    • Dilip Das
    • Marisa Huston

    Washtenaw County Millages

    • Washtenaw County 1.2-mill for Regional Transit

    Ann Arbor City Council

    • Ward 1: Sumi Kailasapathy
    • Ward 2: Kirk Westphal
    • Ward 3: Julie Grand
    • Ward 4: Graydon Krapohl
    • Ward 5: Chuck Warpehoski

    Ann Arbor School Board

    • Jeff Gaynor
    • Hunter Van Valkenburg
    • Harmony Mitchell

    Ypsilanti City Council

    • Ward 1: Lois Elizabeth Richardson
    • Ward 3: Peter Murdock

    Ypsilanti Township

    • Supervisor: Brenda Stumbo
    • Treasurer: Larry Doe
    • Clerk: Karen Lovejoy Roe
    • Trustees (4 seats): Jimmie Wilson Jr., Stanley Eldrich,Heather Jarrell Roe and Monica Ross-Williams
    • Park Commissioner: Gloria Peterson

    Pittsfield Township

    • Supervisor: Mandy Grewal
    • Treasurer: Pat Scribner
    • Clerk: Michelle Anzaldi
    • Trustees (4 seats): Linda Edwards Brown, Gerald Krone, George Ralph, and Yameen Jaffer

    Superior Township

    • Trustee: Rodrick Kevin Green

    Livingston County Commission

    • Dennis Andrzyczak District 4
    • Kristina Drake District 8

    Hamburg Township (Livingston County)

    • Trustee: Dan Luria

    Brighton Township (Livingston County)

    • Trustee: Jim Sarna

Ian Robinson speaking on TPP Tues 9-13

Tomorrow night, Tuesday Sept 13th, HVALF President Ian Robinson will be talking with labor movement activists in Detroit about why we should oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and what we can do to stop efforts to ram it through during the lame duck session of Congress. John Sloan III from Black Lives Matter will also speak, explaining why BLM opposes TPP, and where that opposition fits into its larger program.

The event will be held at the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave., in the Explorer’s Room, from 6-7:30pm, Tuesday Sept 13.

Robofraud – UIA Computers Falsely Accuse Laid-off Workers of Fraud

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The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) is falsely accusing laid-off workers of fraud. The UIA used a computer to make decisions about fraud accusations without any human oversight. The computer sent messages to obscure electronic message sites, often 6 months or longer after an individual had returned to work. When the individuals didn’t respond, the computer found them guilty of fraud and assessed 400% penalties plus 12% interest.

Innocent jobless workers were falsely convicted of fraud 92% of the time by a computer! HB 4982, sponsored by Rep. Roger Victory, will fix this gross miscarriage of justice.

HB 4982 would require the UIA to send second notifications of UI benefit redeterminations to laid-off workers by certified mail. The bill also requires human review of computer “Robofraud” accusations to make sure that the individual willfully and intentionally violated the law before pursuing an accusation or imposing fines.

We need your help to right this wrong and stop the persecution of innocent jobless workers! You can help by following these three easy steps:

1. Use this tool to find your legislator: http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/

2. Find out if your legislator has co-sponsored the bill here: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2015-HB-4982

3. Call or email your legislator and speak to them about HB 4982.

If your legislator has sponsored the HB 4982, thank them. If they have not, explain why this bill is important and ask them to support HB 4982. This bill is important because we know dislocated workers in our own community who have been charged with fraud by the Unemployment Insurance Agency’s computers. Tell them that Rep. Roger Victory has sponsored a bill, HB 4982, that addresses some of the issues currently wrong with the system and ask your representative to vote on this bill as released by committee.

Tell your representative not to allow amendments to this bill as it is a bi-partisan bill that was voted out of committee unanimously. It’s important that the bill’s provisions not be watered down if we are to win justice for dislocated workers.

Big Results for Working Families

Candidates endorsed by the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation won 84 percent of their primary elections.HVALF Results 1

The following candidates endorsed by HVALF won their primary races.

State House Recommendations

  • State House #53 (Washtenaw): Yousef Rabhi
  • State House #54 (Washtenaw): Ronnie Peterson
  • State House #64 (Jackson): Ronald Kenneth Brooks

2016 Local Government

WASHTENAW COUNTY COMMISSION

  • District 1: Kent Martinez-Kratz
  • District 6: Ricky Lee Jefferson

ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL

  • Ward 1: Sumi Kailasapathy
  • Ward 4: Graydon Krapohl
  • Ward 5: Chuck Warpehoski

YPSILANTI CITY COUNCIL

  • Ward 3: Peter Murdock

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP

  • Trustees: Jimmie Wilson Jr. and Stanley Eldrich.
  • Park Commission: Gloria Peterson

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP

  • Supervisor: Mandy Grewal
  • Treasurer: Pat Scribner
  • Clerk: Michelle Anzaldi
  • Trustees: Linda Edwards Brown, Gerald Krone, George Ralph, and Yameen Jaffer

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP

  • Trustee: Rodrick Kevin Green

MILLAGES

  • Ann Arbor Roads Millage
  • WCC Millage

HVALF endorses millages to keep our local education and transportation infrastructure strong

The Huron Valley Area Labor Federation has endorsed two millages. One is for Washtenaw Community College (WCC) to preserve and restore funding for education in our community. Voters residing in Washtenaw County will vote on a 0.85 operating millage proposal for Washtenaw Community College. You can learn more about the Washtenaw Community College millage by visiting: http://sites.wccnet.edu/millage/. Revenue from this millage will provide vital support to WCC.

The second HVALF endorsed millage is for the City of Ann Arbor to preserve funding for infrastructure projects. According to the City’s website, “Since 2011, the street and sidewalk millage has paid to resurface or reconstruct 40 miles of road, replace 17 miles of sidewalk, repair 22,000 sidewalk slabs, and add or improve bike lanes and shared use paths.” For information on the Ann Arbor Street, Bridge and Sidewalk Millage, including specific ballot language, please visit: http://www.a2gov.org/departments/engineering/pages/street-and-sidewalk-millage.aspx.

Both millages will appear on the ballot August 2, 2016. The ballot language is included in the images that accompany this blog post.