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.
At our October 3rd meeting, HVALF delegates voted to endorse Washtenaw County’s proposal for a public safety & community mental health millage, which will be on the ballot this November 7th.
While the millage is more complex and less transparent than we would like, we nonetheless believe (based on our knowledge of the commitments of the majority of Commissioners and the Sheriff) that most of the funds raised will go to community mental health needs and, closely related, to keeping people with such needs out of our criminal justice system. These are vital priorities for our community that we whole-heartedly share with the Commissioners who back this millage.
We also believe that the workers on the front lines of community mental health service delivery — both those who are county employees and those employed by service providers that contract with the County — are seriously under-paid. Many of the latter are making around $9/hr, less than a McDonald’s worker, despite the much heavier responsibilities that they have. Entry level County employees doing this work start at about $14.66/hr., though they do get benefits.
Working with Commissioners who share this conviction, we will do our best to ensure that some of the millage money is used to raise the pay of those who do this vital work. If we are successful, this should help to reduce turnover, particularly among the lower paying service providers. Lower turnover, in turn, means stronger relationships between consumers and service providers, and the higher quality of service that results from increased knowledge and trust.
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.
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
UAW Local 600
10550 Dix Ave, Dearborn, MI
For more information, see the Facebook event. You can also register here.
Join Progressives at the University of Michigan and the labor community tomorrow:
When: Thursday Sept 14 at 5 PM
Where: University of Michigan Diag
“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!
You can donate to Hurricane Harvey and Irma disaster relief using this resource list compiled by the American Federation of Teachers .
Image courtesy American Federation of Teacher
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.