Michigan Daily Interview with Pres. Ian Robinson

Check out this Michigan Daily interview with HVALF and LEO President Ian Robinson on LEO bargaining progress:


Supreme Court Fight

The Supreme Court heard a case this morning (Janus v. AFSCME Council 31) brought by the rich and powerful who are trying to take away your freedom to join in union.
The American labor movement is a family that will not be pushed around or denied. Working people pave the streets, drive the buses, educate our children, and are the first to respond in times of emergency. Working families know best what is needed to build a better life for ourselves and our loved ones.

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,


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


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.