AFGE Phone Bank Thurs 5-25 – Protect VA Workers

AFGE Phone Bank on H.R. 1461
5:30-7:30 pm, Thursday 5/25/17
LEO/GEO Office
339 E Liberty St, Suite 340
Ann Arbor 48104 (Close parking at underground Library lot.)

We hope you will join with other AFGE members and supporters as we call AFGE members around the state with a simple ask:  we want them to call their GOP Member of Congress’ office and express opposition to the extreme bill under consideration:  H.R. 1461 (links to more info on the bill are below).  We want to create a barrage of calls into these Michigan representative’s offices, so they will clearly understand how many of their constituents are watching, whose livelihood and effectiveness at work are being threatened…and who are definitely planning to vote.

The bill would directly affect our AFGE sisters and brothers at the VA, but if it passes it will very likely become the model for attacking all of us in the Federal service.  This is shortsighted and misinformed legislation, and it is clearly designed to weaken the collective voice of Federal employees, a voice that the American people need us to be able to exercise to keep government working and honest and transparent.

Resources: What You Need to Know


HVALF Phone Banking Against Privatization

The local labor community came out in force over the last several evenings to fight privatization of mental health care administration in Michigan. People volunteering to do this vital work: Bob King, Jim Pedersen, Steven Friday, Charlotte Cowles, Paul Brown, Lisa Bradshaw, and Carolyn Hejkal. Thanks to all! We’ll be doing more of this. We got a really good response from the union folks we’re calling.

If you’d like to be part of the next phone bank, contact Jake Altman at HVALF.

Here are some photos from our phone banking:

Protect Community Mental Health – Phone Banks on 5/3 and 5/4

Sisters, Brothers, and Friends: 

Lansing is trying to privatize Community Mental Health funding. This will take essential resources, hundreds of millions of dollars, from Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens and put those dollars into the pockets of private insurers. We’re leading the fight to defend CMH from privatization.  
Join the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation for phone banks into targeted districts. This effort can’t wait. 
When: 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday, May 3rd, and Thursday, May 4th.
Where: Lecturers’ Employee Organization (339 E. Liberty, Suite 340, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104)
Please share this with your other lists and with the members of your local unions and organizations. It is so important that we protect our essential services from profiteers. The more folks who join us to make calls the more pressure we can put on Lansing.

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