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.”


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.

Labor Notes Troublemaker’s School Workshops – Feb 17 in Ypsilanti

Are your co-workers apathetic?

Are you worried about how your union will fare under Right-To-Work?

Come to these workshops that help organizers and activists build power on the job!

Local labor and community activists are hosting a second Ypsilanti Troublemaker’s School from 9:30 AM – 3 PM on Saturday February 17, at the Pray-Harrold Building on the EMU Campus in Ypsilanti. Register here

Facebook invite


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.

Jackson City Endorsements 2017

Huron Valley Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, votes to endorse Derek Dobies for Mayor, Andrew Frounfelker for reelection as the 5th Ward City Councilmember and Colleen Sullivan for the 6th Ward City Councilmember.

We endorsed these candidates for a simple reason. They will fight for working people.
When a few billionaires can use their nearly unimaginable wealth to influence our politics, our jobs, and our lives, working people across the nation are standing up to say, “we’ve had enough.” That’s why the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation is standing by these candidates.
Our endorsement process is designed to be comprehensive and efficient. Candidates who fill out the HVALF’s on-line questionnaire are invited for interviews. All candidates must fill out the questionnaire to be recommended or endorsed. Everyone who fills out an HVALF questionnaire is invited to meet with the HVALF’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) for an interview. The COPE discusses information gathered from the questionnaire, the interview and other sources, and makes recommendations to the full HVALF delegate body at its next monthly meeting. The delegate body discusses the COPE’s recommendations and votes on each.

Free and independent trade unions – the collective organizations of America’s working people – have been a cornerstone of our democracy for over a century. We are working hard to rebuild our labor movement. We support strong candidates who will unequivocally stand up for working people and their unions. Their support is vital to our efforts to build a strong labor movement, a stronger democracy, and a better America.