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!

Support EMU Lecturers!

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Thanks to everyone who has come out to support EMU Lecturers in the past weeks and months. HVALF encourages our labor and community allies to keep showing up for EMUFT in this fight:

“Supporters are encouraged to observe bargaining! EMUFT will be bargaining with the administration in Boone Hall on:
– Tuesday, August 29 from 4pm – 9pm
– Wednesday, August 30 from 5pm – 9pm
We will meet in our caucus room, G12B Boone, on both days.

Supporters are also encouraged to join EMUFT for an informational picket at the EMU Student Center (near the pond) and march:
– Friday, September 1 from 11am – 1pm.”

Follow the EMUFT Facebook page for updates.

Protect our communities, decline to sign the prevailing wage petition

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Be aware this summer. All local unions, members, and friends of the labor movement should be vigilant and educate their members about the attack on prevailing wage. Decline to sign the prevailing wage petition.

Signature gatherers are out across Michigan right now. They’re asking voters to sign a petition to repeal the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. This repeal effort is an attack on Michigan’s workers, our families, and our security.

Repealing prevailing wage laws leads to:

  • Higher injury rates on construction sites
  • A less skilled and experienced workforce
  • Lower wages that push workers out of the middle-class
  • Less workforce training; a more dangerous workplace
  • Reduced healthcare and retirement coverage

Learn more about the importance of prevailing wage laws and find educational videos to show at your meetings here: http://www.michiganprevails.com/

Here’s a link to a video about the misleading tactics and outright lies used by signature gatherers during the 2015 attack on prevailing wage. The message holds for 2017.

Poor Peoples’ Campaign Gathering – 7:30 pm Mon July 10

This coming Monday night, July 10th, at 7:30p.m. we are going to view the Poor Peoples’ Campaign second “Gathering for Reflection, Revival, and Resistance at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center  (4185 Washtenaw Ave, it faces the same parking lot that the county jail faces.)

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These broadcasts are  co-hosted by the Rev. Dr. William Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, of the new Poor People’s Campaign and are intended to equip people from all walks of life in thoughtful deliberation about we might best support  and create safe and equitable communities inclusive of those who suffer from social stigma or poverty.

These gatherings will include an introduction to a moral issue, immersion in freedom songs that inform how to engage the issue, interview  someone who is directly impacted by the issue, and a theological engagement with the issue that names a specific call to moral action.

Not long ago, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber announced he was stepping down as the President of the North Carolina NAACP to organize this movement named for the movement Martin Luther King was leading when he was murdered.  The movement is meant to bring together people around a wide variety of justice concerns in  “moral fusion organizing to challenge and transform the mean-spirited divide-and-conquer politics” we see reigning in our country.

Those interested in the Poor People’s Campaign are encouraged to come and learn about this new movement and how we can participate in it.  Please let us know if you would like to be informed of future gatherings.

*The Rev. Joe Summers, Vicar of The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Pittsfield Twp.
*Ian Robinson, President, Huron Valley Area Labor Federation
*The Rev. Lori Carey, Pastor Trinity Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor.
*Tad Wysor, Member of First Congregational UCC Church in Ypsilanti &  Co-founder of WEROC