HVALF questionnaire - County Commission
This is the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation's (HVALF) questionnaire for candidates for the office of County Commissioner in the 2018 election cycle. It has some Washtenaw County-specific questions, but can also be used by candidates running for a county commission seat in Livingston, Jackson and Hillsdale counties.

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. The HVALF represents over 40 local unions based in four counties (Washtenaw, Livingston, Jackson and Hillsdale). We bring together local union leaders to build a labor movement that aims to improve 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 County Commissioner, the HVALF will make the endorsements for our region, and the Michigan AFL-CIO will back us up with access to their 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.

Questionnaires are due on Friday, May 11th. We will be holding 15-minute screening interviews on Tuesday, May 29 from 6pm to 9pm. Please indicate your availability below. We will reach out to you to confirm your slot and the location. *
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Your full name *
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Your phone number *
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Your email *
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Your union affiliation (if any) *
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Your partisan affiliation *
What county are you running in? *
What district are you running in? *
What elected or appointed offices have you held that are relevant to the position you seek? *
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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 are your top priorities for the county? *
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Website address *
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Campaign committee name & 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 plan to knock? *
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How many doors have you already knocked? *
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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 have, and 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. (For more on what is happening to real wages in Washtenaw County, see this report: https://hvclc.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/growingtogetherordriftingapart.pdf .) 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? *
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Do you believe that the provision of mental health services is the responsibility of the County government? What will you do to improve mental health services in your county? *
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What will you do to ensure working people can afford to live in your county? *
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Do you support raising the minimum wage for all workers (including tipped workers) to $12 per hour by 2020? If not, why, and what do you think the minimum wage should be? *
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WASHTENAW COUNTY CANDIDATES: Do you support strengthening enforcement of the County's prevailing wage and living wage ordinances by requiring that the prevailing wage be included in bid documents and that contractors who win bids be required to submit (on a regular basis) certified payroll records of what they pay their employees?
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JACKSON, LIVINGSTON, AND HILLSDALE CANDIDATES: Do you support strengthening the local economy and improving the quality of work on County projects through CBAs (Community Benefit Agreements), certified payroll, local preference ordinances, and so on?
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What have you done, and what will you do, to strengthen unions and the labor movement in your county? *
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Will you support worker organizing campaigns and the right to collective bargaining in your county? *
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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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Would you support requiring all employers to pay earned sick pay benefits? Yes or no, and please explain. *
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What role, if any, do you see for charter schools in the provision of publicly funded education in your county and beyond? *
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How will you work to preserve Michigan’s environment (and ensure environmental justice) while protecting jobs? *
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What is the role of county government in health care, including mental health care? What will you do to improve health care outcomes for working families in your county? (WASHTENAW CANDIDATES: How will you allocate funds from the mental health millage? And how will you strengthen compliance with the living wage ordinance as it relates to mental health providers?) *
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What are your thoughts on your county’s criminal justice system? If there are problems, what are they and how will you work to fix them? *
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Will you vote to hire pro-union administrators, vendors, contractors, and legal support? *
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Is there ever a reason for privatizing public services? If so, why? *
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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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