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.

Michigan AFL-CIO Releases Legislative Scorecard

MI AFL-CIO Scorecard Image

The Michigan AFL-CIO has released its 2016 Legislative Scorecard. You can download the full scorecard here: 2016 Legislative Scorecard. The MI AFL-CIO’s Legislative Scorecard highlights key votes important to working families taken by members of the State House of Representatives and State Senate during the 2015-2016 session. The Legislative Scorecard demonstrates how important it is to elect candidates who represent working families and stand up for fairness and equity. It also helps us understand who supports working families and who pushes policies that hurt working Americans.

Below is the list of legislation from the State House Scorecard and an example image showing the votes:

Find your State Representative here and your State Senator here and check the Scorecard to see if they supported working families in 2015-2016.

HVALF Phone Bank / Canvassing Schedule

HVALF Phone Banks / Canvassing Schedule for Primary Elections

Please join the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation for phone banking in the run-up to local and state primary elections in the next couple weeks:

Place: IBEW 252 Hall, 7920 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor
Schedule:
WED (July 13) 6-9pm
THUR (July 14) 6-9pm

WED (July 20) 6-9pm
THUR (July 21) 6-9pm

SUN (July 31) 2-5pm, 6-9pm
MON (Aug 1) 6-9pm

Note: In the second week, we may convert the one or both sessions into a canvass in the Chelsea and/or Dexter areas. Or, if we have enough people signing up for each type of activity, we can do both.

Please let our new Field Coordinator, Jake Altman, know which days / evenings you will be able to help, and whether you would prefer to do phone banking or canvassing, by emailing him at: hvalfwork@gmail.com.

Solidarity with Teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico

At our Tuesday (July 5th) Delegate Council meeting, the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation (HVALF), AFL-CIO, voted to support the following resolution, and to donate $100 to the Michigan Solidarity Network with Mexico, to help fund their fund-raising efforts on behalf of the Oaxacan teachers (see this Facebook event page for more information on the event planned for this Saturday, 2-5pm):

Whereas:

  • Mexico’s independent teachers’ union, the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE), have been on strike since May 2016 in protest against neoliberal education “reforms”;
  • These reforms, part of the neoliberal Structural Adjustment Program guided by institutions such as the World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF), would lead to massive layoffs of public education workers and outsourcing part of the public education sector through the issuing of educational bonds by the Mexican Stock Exchange;
  • The Mexican government has imprisoned leaders of the independent Local 22 Oaxaca section of the CNTE, Rubén Núñez and Francisco Villalobos, far from their homes;
  • Mexican police killed at least 9 protesting teachers and their supporters and wounded dozens more on the night of June 19, 2016 in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca;
  • Mexican media report that 6,000 federal police have been sent to the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, and Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong has issued an ultimatum for the teachers to end their protest actions;
  • International human rights organizations have documented a general pattern of abuse against the civilian population by Mexican military and militarized police forces, including violent repression against peaceful protesters;
  • Mexican federal military and police forces receive significant funding from the United States government under the Mérida Initiative;
  • The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions concluded on June 20, 2016 that “Extrajudicial killings and excessive use of force by security officers persist” in Mexico;
  • Human Rights Watch’s 2016 Mexico report notes that “Since 2006, Mexico’s security forces have participated in widespread enforced disappearances,” with the number of disappeared people exceeding 25,000 according to the government’s own National Registry of Disappeared or Missing Persons;
  • Amnesty International’s 2015/16 report for Mexico noted that the government “prosecuted members of teacher unions in cases that appeared to be politically motivated”;
  • The U.S. Department of State’s 2015 human rights report for Mexico says “The government’s common failure to enforce labor and other laws left workers with little recourse regarding violations of freedom of association, poor working conditions, and other labor problems”;
  • The AFL-CIO has pointed out that “Since coming into office, the Peña Nieto government has made the subordination of Mexico’s powerful teachers’ unions, under the banner of ‘education reform,’ one of its priorities, with support from the business backed lobby group Mexico Primero. Last year the Congress passed reform legislation that subjected all teachers to dismissal if they failed to meet new testing requirements”;
  • The National Education Association (NEA), in a June 29, 2016 letter to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, has urged an end to state violence against demonstrators, the release of unjustly imprisoned teachers’ union leaders, and a “meaningful dialogue with the educators of Oaxaca regarding education reform”;

Now therefore:

The Huron Valley Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO:

  1. Expresses firm solidarity with the independent teachers’ movement of Mexico;
  2. Endorses the Michigan Solidarity Network with Mexico’s July 9, 2016 fundraiser event in Ann Arbor in solidarity with the Mexican teachers’ movement;
  3. Endorses the NEA’s call for the Mexican government of President Enrique Peña Nieto to halt the use of excessive force against teachers, release the imprisoned teachers’ union leaders, and engage in meaningful dialogue with the teachers’ movement about the proposed education reforms.

Rally to Protect Veterans’ Medical Services

On Wednesday, June 22, AFGE members filled the sidewalk outside the Ann Arbor VA Hospital to show their support for veterans and to send a message to those who would close VA hospitals and force our veterans to go to private hospitals. Veterans have sacrificed to protect our country. They deserve the best possible medical care. Privatization would result in a reduction in the benefits veterans have earned and a loss of the specialized care that VA hospitals are able to provide.
Working people, veterans, and affiliates of the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation stood shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters AFGE Local 2092 in speaking out against proposed privatization that would put private-sector profits before our veterans’ care. During the two-hour rally, veterans on their way to the VA and engaged citizens driving by the rally expressed their support by honking their horns and waving.

Rally Against Corporate Takeover of EMU Dining Services

2016-06-21 11.35.20Workers, students, and community leaders rallied on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, to ask that the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents halt its plan to the privatize campus dining services. Members of the EMU community voiced deeps concerns about the lack of transparency and inclusivity in the decision-making process that led the Board to vote unanimously to privatize dining services with Chartwells, a subsidiary of Compass Group.

Chartwells has promised to invest millions at EMU, increase food quality, and pay the university for the contract. They also claim that they will source local ingredients, though they define “local” to include cities as far away as Buffalo, New York and Chicago, Illinois. Despite its lofty promises, Chartwells must generate profit. Profit will be made on the backs of workers and students.

The consequences of privatization are stark:

  • New workers hired by Chartwells will have greatly reduced benefits that will be nearly impossible for them to afford, far fewer job protections, and lower wages.
  • Chartwells will have a strong financial incentive to get rid of the EMU bargaining unit employees to be able to hire more poverty level wage employees.

The solutions are clear:

  • EMU administrators and the Board must consult with stakeholders on campus and in the surrounding community. Working people, students, and community representatives should be included in the decisions that shape their lives.
  • Students, working people, and the community must organize together to lower the cost of education, reaffirm the rights of workers, and reestablish democracy on EMU’s campus.

Thank you to all those who stood with students and working people to promote an economy that works for all people, including:

Washtenaw County Commission
     Yousef Rabhi (District 8) — running for State House 53 — endorsed by HVALF
      Ronnie Peterson (District 6) — running for State House 54 — endorsed by HVALF
Ypsilanti City Council
      Pete Murdock (Ward 3) — running to retain his seat on City Council — endorsed by HVALF
      Anne Brown (Ward 2) and running for State House 54
 Ypsilanti Township
      Brenda Stumbo (Supervisor) — running to retain her position — endorsed by HVALF
      Karen Lovejoy Roe (Clerk) — running to retain her position — endorsed by HVALF
 Running for Office
      Steve Kwasny — running for State House 53
      Jason Morgan — running for Washtenaw County Commission (District 8) — endorsed by HVALF
      Michelle Regalado Deatrick — running for Washtenaw County Commission (District 2) — endorsed by HVALF
      Ricky Lee Jefferson — running for Washtenaw County Commission (Ward 6) — endorsed by HVALF
      Heather Jarrell Roe — running for Ypsilanti Township Trustee
      Monica Ross-Williams — running for Ypsilanti Township Trustee
      Lonnie Scott — running for Ypsilanti Township Trustee
Washtenaw County Democratic Party
      Catherine Daligga
 
Organized Labor (in alphabetical order)
   Tim Allen (Organizer, EMUFT, AFT-MI)
   Kelly Anthony (Organizer, MNA)
   John Armalagos (President, MNA)
   Howard Bunsis (President-Elect, AAUP EMU)
   Al Cholger (Sub-District Director, United Steelworkers District 2)
   Jason Crispell (President, AFSCME Local 3866, EMU)
   Nancy Heine (President, AFSCME 3052; VP, HVALF)
   Bob King (President Emeritus, UAW)
   Judy Kullberg (President, EMU Faculty Senate; EMU AAUP)
   Lisa Laverty (President, EMUFT, AFT-MI)
   Gina Liburdi (Lead Organizer, LEO, AFT-MI)
   Susan Moeller (President, AAUP EMU)
   Ron Motsinger (Business Agent, IBEW 252)
   Matt Oches (Organizer, LEO, AFT-MI)
   Jim Pedersen (President Emeritus, UAW 892)
   Ian Robinson (President, Huron Valley Area Labor Federation)
   Rick Roe (Secretary-Treasurer, UAW 898, Rawsonville)
   Amanda Schwartzberg (Intern, LEO, AFT-MI)
   Grant Shafer (EMU AAUP)
   Mike Shumaker (President, UAW 1975, EMU)
   Rich Stahler-Sholk (EMU AAUP)
   Daric Thorne (EMUFT, AFT-MI)
   John Ware (President, GEO, AFT-MI)
   Tad Wysor (Vice-President, AFGE 3907, ERA)