The delegate body of the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, voted to endorse Jack Eaton (Ward 4), Zach Ackerman (Ward 3), Jason Frenzel (Ward 1), Chip Smith (Ward 5), and Jared Hoffert (Ward 2) for Ann Arbor City Council. 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. Join us on Facebook by searching Huron Valley Area Labor Federation/AFL-CIO and send us a message or call our office at 734-730-4356 to get involved.
HVALF is committed to a careful and critical examination of candidates for elected office. If you wish to participate in our process, contact us at 734-730-4356 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Candidates endorsed by the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation won 84 percent of their primary elections.
The following candidates endorsed by HVALF won their primary races.
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