We urge members of our local, of other unions, and of our community to us at the Democratic Nominating Convention on August 25,and to vote for him in the general election in November.
We are particularly excited to have the opportunity to endorse Mr. Brown because he is a current member of our sister union, LEO. He has shown tremendous and consistent support for lecturers and graduate student instructors during our past two years of bargaining. He is also a board member of the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation, of which GEO is a part, where he has done important work supporting local labor efforts.
Brown has taken a clear stance in favor of academic freedom and has demonstrated a commitment to ensuring that the University of Michigan is a safe and welcoming environment for all workers and students. In our conversations with Mr. Brown, he indicated a willingness to learn and to listen to the needs of students and University workers. We believe Mr. For the most part the last decade has seen little to no involvement, beyond occasional voluntary canvassing efforts, and a brief uptick immediately prior to the passage of Right to Work legislation in Michigan in The Electoral Involvement Procedure outlines three options for how GEO can engage with local electoral races: endorsement, cooperation, and education.
We strongly encourage high member participation in this new process of electoral involvement. Relevant procedures, practices, messaging and framing will all require regular, ongoing input from members in order to best reflect what we want out of our involvement in electoral politics.
Liberty St, Ste. Members can also participate in this important work by talking to their stewards and attending GMMs. We also strongly encourage members to become and remain engaged in local politics not only during but after elections!
Endorsements require citizen ability in order to produce the best effects for our members and the broader community. We urge members of our local, of other unions, and of our community to vote for Mr. Eaton in the primary election on August 7, There are several reasons to be excited about Mr. Our endorsement of Mr. Eaton, however, is qualified by our serious concerns with other elements of his platform.
Despite their differing positions, neither Mr. Eaton nor his opponent have acceptable perspectives on police. In particular, Mr. Ann Arbor is riddled with white supremacy.
Efforts to increase traffic enforcement, particularly around brake lights and pedestrian safety, disproportionately target and harm those of us with the least resources. While Mr. Police violence cannot be disentangled from labor issues.
Police weaponize the language and practices of labor, using their unions to protect officers who commit assault or murder. Additionally, we recognize that police violence plays out along racial and class lines, disproportionately targeting communities of color and people experiencing poverty. GEO advocates for the material needs of all; we support robust civilian oversight of police in order to empower marginalized communities as a tool for our collective liberation.
Despite this, Mr. We look forward to working with Mr. Eaton as mayor to secure expanded rights and adequate material support for everyone in this community. We endorse Mr. Eaton because we believe that Mr. We look forward to opportunities to persuade Mr. We call on Mr. Finally, we look forward to replacing an incumbent whose insistence on police control of any oversight board, contempt for racial justice organizers, and openness to harmful privatization projects make him unfit to serve Ann Arbor in his current position. After bargaining with UM since October1, Lecturers at the three campuses of the University of Michigan represented by LEO have won their strongest contract in recent history, including raises ranging from 44 to 50 percent, improved health care, and job security.
LEO members will vote on ratifying the agreement this month. The ificance of Janus vs.
Recently, the U. The decision could have a ificant impact on the capacity of public-sector unions that will continue to represent workers whether or not they contribute their share. The future of public-sector unions, like our own, depends on active engagement from workers like you, choosing to support your union by becoming and encouraging others to become dues-paying members.
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GEO officers, staff, and other volunteers spent last weekend in Detroit discussing goals for the next year. Here are a few to consider visiting on your next trip to Detroit!
The Hazen S. At the center of downtown, where Woodward Ave. The sculpture was commissioned and is maintained by the Michigan Labor History Society. At 23, Myra Wolfgang participated in the Woolworth sit-down strike, led by the women who worked the five-and-dime store in downtown Detroit original building still at Woodward Ave.
You can still visit the site of this historic sit-down strike that inspired service workers across the country to demand fair working conditions.
Position is open until filled, but ideal start date is June 1. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested!
This should be automatic and is handled by department administration. However, if you believe you are not receiving summer coverage, please contact your department administration and umgeo geo GEO is against sex trafficking, but acknowledges that sex trafficking is not the same as independent sex work. While the law does not take effect untilindependent sex workers have already felt its effects.
Craigslist pulled all of their personaland the Department of Justice seized Back. In some jurisdictions, sex workers — especially trans sex workers — now have no digital platforms to find work, putting their lives at greater risk.
In addition to being legitimate labor, GEO recognizes that sex work is sometimes a way that graduate and undergraduate students generate income and help make ends meet. Got Plans this Friday?
Working this Summer? Know your Rights and Benefits! Would you like to help develop the platform we will bring to the table?
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Solidarity and Political Action Committee SPAC — This summer, SPAC will be wrapping up a few projects we would love your help with, including an ability system, resources for precarious students, creating more educational material, and adding more solidarity stuff to the website. If you are interested in any of this work, or if you have any questions, please reach out to solidarity geo ZIP: 48103 48104 48105 48108 48109 48113