Urgent Action Needed on Healthcare Bill

Sisters and brothers,

For all of you who live on the west side of Washtenaw County and in Jackson County, and are therefore in Congressman Walberg’s 7th Congressional District, I want you to know that I just spoke with one of his assistants.

I called the office, at the request of the AFL-CIO, to see whether, based on two key provisions that will harm many of the constituents who voted for him, Rep. Walberg would be willing to vote against this bill.

1) The age tax.  Because the AHCA premiums are on a sliding scale based on age, older and more rural Americans bare the largest burden. A lot of these people are also union members. Premiums could spike for these retirees by $4,000 – $7,000.

2) The 30 percent premium surcharge on individuals who forego insurance for longer than two months. This functions much like the individual mandate. Except the penalty is often larger and the fees go directly to insurance companies.

Walberg’s assistant, Alex, who answered the phone and said everyone else was busy, said that Walberg publicly announced that he would back Ryan’s bill on Monday, despite concerns about these issues.

I urge you to do two things:  first, let your members know that Rep. Walberg has decided to replace the ACA with this, despite these (and many other) profound flaws in Ryan’s bill and tell them to call his office today and voice their grave concerns about this bill.

Second, please call Walberg’s office and let him know that you are spreading the word about his planned vote on this matter.  His Jackson office number is 517-780-9075.

In solidarity,



Dean Baker in Ann Arbor Area March 2017

Dean Baker Events

HVALF invites the local labor and progressive community to attend one of three talks by economist Dean Baker, who will be leading a discussion on his new book Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer (free e-book):

University of Michigan:
Tuesday March 28, 7 – 9 PM,
Room 100, U-M Grad (Hatcher) Library Gallery, 913 S University Ave, Ann Arbor
Library Location and Nearby Parking
(HVALF President Ian Robinson will introduce Dean Baker at this event)

Jackson, Michigan
Wednesday March 29, 7 – 9 PM,
Carnegie Branch, Jackson District Library
244 W Michigan Ave, Jackson, 49201

Washtenaw Community College:
Thursday March 30, 4 – 6 PM,
Morris Lawrence  Building, Room 150
Washtenaw Community College is at 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, 48105
WCC Campus and Parking Map
Facebook event

Rally on Tuesday, March 7, for EMUFT

EMUFT, the lecturers’ local at Eastern Michigan University, is holding a bargaining rally and march on Tuesday, March 7, beginning at 4:30pm at Pray-Harrold on EMU’s campus (E Circle Dr, Ypsilanti, MI 48197). Stand with EMUFT’s members and help them demonstrate the strength and solidarity of our movement.

Download flyer (PDF)