Pension Protection Phone Banks 4-26 – 4-28

Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Friends:

We’ve heard that a bad pension bill similar to the one we stopped in the “lame duck” session may very well be back before the legislature in the coming weeks. We made thousands of calls to members, patching them through to their legislators, during “lame duck.” Together we stopped a bad bill. It’s time to fight again and preempt any bad legislation that would hurt our vital public servants.

We’ll be working out of the Ann Arbor Education Association Office (located in the credit union building) on 4141 Jackson Rd in Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Please stop by and help us spread the word about this attack on working people. We’ll be making calls from 3pm to 7pm beginning tomorrow, April 26, and going through Friday, April 28.


EMU Lecturers Grade-In 4-19

The Eastern Michigan University Federation of Teachers (EMUFT) needs our help. They are in tough negotiations for their part-time unit. Please stop by or encourage folks to stop by EMUFT’s  grade-in/sit-in on the second floor of Welch Hall at EMU on Wednesday, April 19, from 9am to 1pm. Your support will be much appreciated.
EMUFT Grade-in Flyer 04132017


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

Jackson Town Hall – Hold Walberg Accountable

Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Friends:

HVALF will participate in an town hall in Jackson to stop proposed cuts to Medicaid/Medicare, social security, defunding Planned Parenthood, and the repeal to the ACA. Local activists have invited Tim Walberg,  as well as representatives from the healthcare industry, to the meeting.

If Tim doesn’t show up, we’ll go find him and call to ask why he won’t meet with hard working Americans.

The Jackson event will be held on Saturday, February 25, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
The location is Commonwealth Center, 209 E. Washington Street, Jackson, MI 49201.

Here is the link to the ACA event in Jackson on Saturday, February 25th:

The event’s organizers are still looking for folks to volunteer for the following roles: videographer, photographer, Facebook live, clean-up, and overflow support/crowd control. Please let me know if you’d be willing to volunteer, and I’ll put you in touch with the organizers.

Roll the union on,
Jake (hvalfwork at
Field Coordinator
Huron Valley ALF, AFL-CIO