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

 

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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

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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

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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.

NAFTA Townhall – Weds Sept 20

Please join the labor community for a town-hall meeting on NAFTA, co-sponsored by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. This is the place to inform yourself about the details, get updated on where the negotiations are, and plan how we are going to put pressure on the Trump Admin and the Congress to make sure NAFTA gets changed in ways that make it worker and union friendly.

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
7-9:00pm
UAW Local 600
10550 Dix Ave, Dearborn, MI

For more information, see the Facebook event. You can also register here.

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Rally Against the Trump-Walmart Agenda

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Join Progressives at the University of Michigan and the labor community tomorrow:

When: Thursday Sept 14 at 5 PM
Where: University of Michigan Diag
Facebook event

“Join us on the Diag to explore the (un)surprising links between Trump’s vision of America and Walmart’s mega-corporate business model. The goal of this rally — one of 30 being held across the country — is to expose the real consequences of this destructive, shared agenda. We see these effects in education, jobs, health care, & political economy. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to show solidarity with the labor movement right here in our local community. Let’s stand up for a better, more inclusive future!

Speakers (more tba!):
Ian Robinson: Lecturer Employees Organization, Graduate Employees Organization, Huron Valley Area Labor Federation
Michelle Regalado Deatrick: Washtenaw County Commissioner, District 2
Phil Bianco: DSA Huron Valley, labor activist”

“o explore the (un)surprising links between Trump’s vision of America and Walmart’s mega-corporate business model. The goal of this rally — one of 30 being held across the country — is to expose the real consequences of this destructive, shared agenda. We see these effects in education, jobs, health care, & political economy. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to show solidarity with the labor movement right here in our local community. Let’s stand up for a better, more inclusive future!