Protect our communities, decline to sign the prevailing wage petition

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Image from Michigan Prevails

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.

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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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Poor People’s Campaign (December 4, 1967 – June 19, 1968). Image from blackpast.org

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

Huron Valley Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, Votes to Endorse Jack Eaton, Zach Ackerman, Jason Frenzel, Chip Smith, and Jared Hoffert for Ann Arbor City Council

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.

Phone Bank against AHCA Thurs June 29

ahcaprotest Please join HVALF for a phone bank on Thursday, June 29, from 7-9pm at the LEO/GEO office (339 E. Liberty, Suite 340, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104) to stop the catastrophic AHCA from passing the Senate. Facebook event
This phone bank is an exciting opportunity to reach outside of Michigan and speak with fellow union members in Nevada to ask them to urge their Senator to vote no on the cruel ACA “replacement” that many Republican politicians support. We can win this fight.

Please RSVP to Jake (hvalfwork@gmail.com) as soon as possible.

Live viewing of “The Gathering: A Time for Reflection, Revival and Resistance” Sun 6-4

This Sunday night, June 4th, from 6-7:00p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (1400 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI) there will the first of monthly live broadcasts, co-hosted by the Rev. Dr. William Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, of the new Poor People’s Campaign.

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Photo courtesy United Federation of Teachers

These programs 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, an interview with someone who is directly impacted by the issue, and a theological engagement with the issue that names a specific call to moral action.

Recently, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber announced he is 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.

Rev. Barber was the founder of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina which has brought together people around a wide variety of justice concerns in what he calls “moral fusion organizing to challenge and transform the mean-spirited divide-and-conquer politics” we see reigning in our country. This movement  which has brought together hundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina is described in his important book The Third Reconstruction.   (If you have not heard the Rev. Barber before you will find many of his talks on Google and YouTube. )

We hope you will join us to learn about this new movement and how we can support it.

The Rev. Joe Summers                             Ian Robinson
Vicar, The Episcopal Church                    President, Huron Valley Area
of the Incarnation                                         Labor Federation

HVALF Phone Bank To Protect VA Workers

Here are some photos from this week’s HVALF / AFGE phone bank. Many thanks to all who came out! There will be more phone banking opportunities very soon– please stay tuned here and on our Facebook page.

HVALF community members called AFGE members around the state with a simple ask:  we wanted 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).

RESOURCES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW