Winter 2016 Endorsements

HVCLC Supports WISD Special Education Millage Proposal

At our February 2nd, 2016 Delegates meeting, the HVCLC unanimously endorsed the proposal for a millage increase of 1.5 mills for special needs students in Washtenaw County. The WISD has put a link on it’s web page explaining what the millage increase would mean for our county’s school boards, for our students, and for our taxes. Check it out!

March 1st 2016 HVCLC Endorsements

On March 1st, 2016, the Huron Valley Central Labor Council (HVCLC) decided to recommend to the Michigan AFL-CIO that it endorse the following federal and state candidates:

12th Congressional District: Debbie Dingell
7th Congressional District: Gretchen Driskell

52nd District of MI State House: Barb Fuller
53rd District of MI State House: Yousef Rabhi
55th District of MI State House: Adam Zemke

We will be doing a second set of interviews for state positions not mentioned here, as well as local government positions, in mid-May.

The PROCESS by which we came to these recommendations was as follows:

1. We invited candidates interested in seeking our recommendation to fill out an on-line questionnaire.  (Candidates’ written answers to these questionnaires are available to all members of HVCLC affiliates upon request.  Contact HVCLC President Ian Robinson at e.ian.robinson@gmail.com to make such a request.)

2. The HVCLC’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) scheduled follow-up interviews with each candidate who filled out our questionnaire.

3. Based on their answers to our questionnaire, and other information gathered our interviews and through our knowledge of candidates’ track records, the COPE then made its recommendations to the HVCLC at its March 1st monthly Delegates’ meeting.

The NEXT STEPS in this process are:

1. Because these are national and state level candidates, the HVCLC does not endorse; rather, we make recommendations to the Michigan AFL-CIO about which candidates it should endorse.

2. HVCLC President Ian Robinson and COPE Director Steve Gulick will be making these recommendations to the MI AFL-CIO at its General Board meeting on Tuesday, March 15th, in Lansing.

BEYOND THIS ROUND OF RECOMMENDATIONS, the HVCLC will follow a parallel process — on-line questionnaires, interviews, COPE recommendations and HVCLC discussion and votes on those recommendations — for candidates in local (i.e., city, municipality and county government, school board, etc) races no later than our June 7th delegates meeting.

In these local races, the HVCLC’s endorsements are final (as distinct from recommendations to the Michigan AFL-CIO re. who it should endorse).  Stay tuned!

In solidarity,

Ian Robinson
President, HVCLC