Candidate Questionnaires Online – Due May 11th

Questionnaires for candidates seeking the endorsement of the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation are available online now. Completed questionnaires are due Friday, May 11th.

The State House & State Senate candidate questionnaire is available here. (HVALF makes recommendations to the Michigan AFL-CIO regarding endorsements in state and federal races.)

The County Commission candidate questionnaire is available here.

The City office candidate questionnaire is available here.

The questionnaire for local school board candidates will be made available following the July 24th filing deadline.


EMU and UM-Ann Arbor Solidarity Actions

HVALF members and the local labor community have several opportunities this coming week to support labor in Washtenaw County:

  1. Thursday March 15 – Rally to Save our Staff
    Welch Hall, EMU, Ypsilanti MI, 12 – 1 PM
    Facebook event
    “Top administrators at EMU are eliminating 60 clerical and technical and professional jobs. We’ve heard from folks all over campus about the absolutely essential services these members of our EMU community provide. And we’re working with other campus groups to stop these cuts and hold EMU’s top administrators accountable!

    Help us make some noise outside Welch Hall on Thursday, March 15 from 12-1pm!

    We can stop these cuts and demand a new way forward for EMU. This budget shortfall is driven by bad management decisions. The answer is not cutting the jobs of the staff members who support students. The way forward is to make good management decisions, by investing in our students and in programs that fulfill EMU’s mission as a quality provider of affordable higher education.”

  2. Friday March 16 -Open Bargaining and March to Respect the Lecs
    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, 9 – 1 PM
    Facebook event
    “Friday, March 16 is LEO’s first open bargaining day in Ann Arbor. Open bargaining is an opportunity for all allies in the community who wish to stand in solidarity with Lecturers and organized labor.”
    (See the Facebook event above for more details on the open bargaining session.)
    “12:15PM @ ***THE DIAG***: WE MARCH. ALL ALLIES are welcome to march with us from The Diag back to Palmer Commons.

    NON-DIRECT INTEREST ALLIES: Please meet us AT THE DIAG at 12:15PM.
    DIRECT INTEREST ALLIES WHO CANNOT JOIN US BEFORE 12:00PM, please also meet us at The Diag.
    LEO reps will be waiting at the Diag by 11:45AM to help direct traffic. Let’s make this march massive and unmissable on campus, a clear sign that the community stands with Lecturers.”

Prevailing Wage Support Rally – Weds Jan 10

(Message from Michigan AFL-CIO)

prevailThis Wednesday, January 10th, the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council is hosting a rally at the State Capitol starting at 8:00am to send a message to state legislators that we need to protect prevailing wage.

Here’s what’s happening: a group of non-union companies have launched a petition drive to repeal prevailing wage. If they have collected enough valid signatures, prevailing wage repeal legislation could be sent to the state legislature for a vote as soon as this week.

Here’s what’s at stake: repealing prevailing wage will cut the pay of working skilled trades men and women in our state, which includes many veterans. Repealing prevailing wage will take food off the tables of Michigan’s working families, it will hurt small businesses, and hurt our economy.

Here’s how you can help: we need to have a BIG turnout at this week’s rally to tell the legislature they should let the people decide on this important issue.

RSVP to the rally


Defend Public Education Rally Fri Dec 15

EMUAAUPRallyDear Sisters, Brothers, Friends:

EMU faculty and their allies in local labor are in a big fight to prevent an out-of-state company from privatizing online courses at EMU – and walking away with 50% of students’ tuition and fees for these courses. The administration didn’t consult with the people who teach at EMU when they agreed to this deal. We hope by creating pressure among students, alum, and staff at EMU, we can stop continued efforts to undermine our institution and the hard work of all the folks in our EMU community, including members for a number of unions.

You can also learn more about our efforts from Michigan Radio.

We need all the support we can get on Friday at 11am in front of Welch Hall on EMU’s campus to stop this shadowy deal! EMUFT and EMU-AAUP have a joint Facebook event that explains the rally and our fight – please RSVP:.

If you can’t join us on Friday, please sign our petition: . We’ll deliver it on Friday, and we are close to 1,000 signatures – almost all from EMU students, staff, and alums who care about our public institutions and the quality education our members work so hard to provide.

LEO Bargaining Kickoff Rally – Fri 10/27 12 PM


Sisters and brothers,
LEO begins bargaining with the UM Administration tomorrow morning, and to mark the occasion, we’re having a kick-off rally from noon to 1pm Friday 10/27 at Pierpont Commons on North Campus.

It would be great to have you with us as we launch what is without a doubt the most ambitious set of bargaining demands we’ve put forward since our first collective agreement.  If you can come, please contact me and I’ll send you more details re. parking, which can be challenging on North Campus. (The free bus from UM’s Central Campus is also available.

In solidarity,
Ian Robinson
President, HVALF

Rally at Ann Arbor VA Hospital – Tues Oct 3


Photo courtesy AFGE

This Tuesday, October 3rd, from noon to 1pm, there will be a RALLY at Ann Arbor’s VA Hospital (2215 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor)!   AFGE Local is organizing the rally to draw public attention to the fact that some 49,000 positions in the VA are vacant.

These vacancies are very critical to be filled for the many doctors, nurses, mental health professionals, and other essential caregivers.

Our Veterans (and all people in the US) deserve quality health care, not fights with big hospital corporations to receive the care they deserve.