HVALF 2019 Endorsement Questionnaire for Municipal Candidates
This is the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation's (HVALF) questionnaire for candidates for local office such as City Council, but not school board.

The HVALF is the regional level of the American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the federation of unions that represents about 11.5 of the 14.5 million union members in the United States, and about 3 million non-union members of Working America.

The HVALF, which represents over 40 local unions based in four counties (Washtenaw, Livingston, Jackson and Hillsdale), brings together local union leaders to build a labor movement that improves the lives of all working families. To this end, we support struggles for worker rights and living wages in the workplace, and work to change the balance of political power to achieve racial and social justice in our region and our state.

Supporting political candidates who share these objectives is a vital part of our strategy for realizing those goals. With candidates for local offices, such as City Council, the HVALF will make the endorsements for our region, and the Michigan AFL-CIO will back us up with their access to state-wide and national resources.

Please note that we reserve the right to share the information you provide us in this survey with our delegates, our affiliates' members, and the public.
Your full name *
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Your phone number *
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Your email (please do NOT list your government email, if any) *
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Your union affiliation (if any) *
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Your partisan affiliation (even if the office you seek is nonpartisan) *
What city, village or township are you running in? *
What office are you seeking? *
What district/precinct/ward are you running in (or is the seat elected at-large)? *
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Please list your opponent(s). *
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How long is the term you are seeking (in years)? *
Will you appear on the ballot or are you a write-in candidate? *
What elected or appointed offices have you held that are relevant to the position you seek? *
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What is the year, make (e.g., Ford) and model (e.g., Mustang) of your automobile? *
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Do you utilize union shops and buy union-made goods and services? Give an example. *
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What organizations are you a member of or affiliated with? *
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What are your top priorities for your municipality? *
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Website address (if any) *
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Campaign committee name & mailing address *
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Treasurer name *
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How many votes do you need in order to win? (What is your "win number"?) *
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How much money do you need to raise and how will you raise it? *
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What is your cash on hand? *
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How many doors do you personally plan to knock as a candidate? *
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How many doors does your campaign plan to knock total (including your candidate doors)? *
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How many doors have you personally already knocked as a candidate? *
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How many doors has your campaign already knocked total (including your candidate doors)? *
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What are your main bases of support among the voters in your community? (e.g., young voters, union retirees, African-Americans…) *
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What other endorsements do you already have? *
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What other endorsements are you seeking? *
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Many working families are struggling to get by with stagnant or declining real wages, a rising cost of living, and accelerating income inequality. Do you consider these trends to be inevitable or acceptable? If so, why? If not, what can you -- in the office you seek -- do to help reverse them? *
For more on what is happening to real wages in Washtenaw County, see this report: http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/tomweisskopf/wp-content/uploads/sites/278/2015/08/Growing-Together-or-Drifting-Apart.pdf
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What have you done, and what will you do to ensure working people can afford to live in your municipality? *
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What have you done, and what will you do, to strengthen unions and the labor movement in your municipality? *
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Would you support requiring that all workers covered under a collective bargaining agreement pay their "fair share" of the cost of their representation? Yes or no, and please explain. *
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In the event of a union organizing drive in our region, would you publicly support workers' efforts to form a union and negotiate a collective bargaining agreement? *
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Will you attend open bargaining and union meetings in and near your municipality when invited? *
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Do you support strengthening the local economy and improving the quality of work on municipal projects through Community Benefit Agreements, certified payroll, local preference ordinances, and so on? *
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Does your municipality have an existing prevailing wage ordinance? If so, will you direct staff to enforce it? *
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Does your municipality have an existing Responsible Contractor policy and/or ordinance? If not, will you propose (and vote yes on) such a policy/ordinance during your term? *
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How will you increase community involvement in public economic development decisions? *
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Is there ever a reason for privatizing public services? If so, why? *
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What are your thoughts on your local criminal justice system? If there are problems, what are they and how will you work to fix them? *
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What criteria will you use in hiring and/or in choosing between potential administrators, vendors, contractors, and legal support? *
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(This is part 1 of a 3-part question.) Please describe your role as an elected official in agenda-setting, determining public policy, and making decisions regarding your municipal budget. *
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(Part 2 of 3) Please describe the role of your appointed administrators (e.g., the city manager) in agenda-setting, determining public policy, and making decisions regarding your municipal budget. *
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(Part 3 of 3) What will you do when there is disagreement or conflict between you and the administration? *
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Is there anything else that you would like HVALF Delegates and Committee on Political Education (COPE) members to know about you? If so, please indicate below. *
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Why should we endorse you over your opponent(s)? *
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Please indicate your availability for a fifteen-minute interview with our COPE on the evening of Wednesday, June 26 (location TBD). *
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