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EMUFT Local 9102 Bargaining Kick-Off Rally – March 17

To celebrate the first day of bargaining a single contract after winning their MERC unit merger election, the Eastern Michigan Federation of Teachers is hosting a Bargaining Kick-Off Rally on Friday, March 17, at 9:30 am, on the quad south of Strong Hall. EMUFT invites supporters, friends and family to attend and clap the bargaining team into this historic first session. Visitors can park at the McKenny Guest Lot at the corner of Oakwood and Washtenaw. 

AFT Michigan Spring Leadership Summit – April 15

The AFT Michigan Spring Leadership Summit will take place on Saturday, April 15, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at UM Dearborn Fairlane North,19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126. Leaders will select a “position- specific cohort” to attend in the morning and constituency groups will meet in the afternoon.

Click here to register

Union Retirees Lobby in Lansing – April 12

The Michigan Alliance for Retired Americans, an AFL-CIO group, is meeting in Lansing on Wednesday, April 12, beginning at 10:00 am. After a brief meeting and legislative update, participants will go to the Capitol and meet with State Representatives and Senators, and personally lobby on behalf of our union retirees and members. There is a lot going on in Lansing, from repealing the pension tax and RTW, to funding local and state pension plans, to lowering the cost of prescription drugs. 

Justice Leaders Core Course Completers

Another great cohort of AFT Michigan activists completed the Justice Leaders Collaborative Core Course this past Monday. Thank you to these leaders for putting in the time and effort to deepen their understanding toward the goal of building a more inclusive labor movement and society.

HollyBolenLSFT 1465
VonettaClark ToolesWayne RESA 4479
ToniCoralHFT 1052
DorianEvansDFT 231
RogerFrankHFCCFT 1650
AshleyHodgeWSU AAUP-AFT 6075
MariaMacAllister-RoweHFT 1052
CourtneyMatthewsHFCCFT 1650
JefferyMorfordHFCCFT 1650
LizaParkinsonAFT MI
AprylPipeAFT MI
JasonPoseyDFT 231
MarinaRussoEFE 698
JudithSheldonWSU UPTF 477
JunettaWynnWCCCFT 2000

As Judith Sheldon of the Wayne State Union of Part-Time Faculty sent in an email, “I just completed the 6 session series with Meenakshi and Lois.  It was terrific. So many resources and thoughtful discussions!” When I took the course, I also had a great experience and hope as many leaders as possible take advantage of the opportunity. We plan to offer another cohort of the JLC Core Course next school year – keep your eyes open for the chance to sign up!

2023 Michigan School for Women Workers

Women in Leadership Empowering Us All!

April 27-29, Somerset Inn, Troy, Michigan

The Michigan School for Women Workers invites all union and non-union workers and activists from allied organizations to share ideas and grow skills for responding to the challenges facing working people. We welcome participants from all genders and all cultural or ethnic backgrounds.

Click here for more information and to register.

Celebrate the Anniversary of the 1932 Ford Hunger March

The Ford Hunger March was a key moment in unionizing the auto industry.  In March 1932, unemployed workers and their supporters marched to Dearborn demanding that Ford share work hours by lowering the work week to 32 hours and make contributions to relief funds.  At the time Detroit’s unemployment rate was 43% with four people on average dying in Detroit’s main hospital every day from malnutrition.   The marchers were met by the Dearborn Police and Ford’s armed thugs who fired into the crowd — killing five and injuring 61 more.

Contribute to the AFT Michigan PAC Today

AFT Michigan fights for our members, students and communities all year round and we need your help. Can you donate $1 a week to aid us in this fight? Please visit the AFT Michigan website to contribute and make a big difference in protecting public education and building a better Michigan future! 

In solidarity

David Hecker


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