HVALF questionnaire - City Office
This is the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation's (HVALF) questionnaire for candidates seeking city seats (including City Council and Mayor) in the 2018 election cycle. A few of the questions are Ann Arbor specific, but most are more generic. Some involve policies over which city governments have no jurisdiction, but we are interested in your views on these matters nonetheless.

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, 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.

Questionnaires are due on Friday, May 11th. We will be holding 15-minute screening interviews on Tuesday, May 22 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 (even if the office you seek is nonpartisan) *
What city 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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How long is the term you are seeking? *
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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 organizations are you a member of or affiliated with? *
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What are your top priorities for the city? *
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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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What will you do to ensure working people can afford to live in your city? *
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What have you done, and what will you do, to strengthen unions and the labor movement in your city? *
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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? *
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FOR ANN ARBOR AND YPSILANTI CANDIDATES: Do you support strengthening enforcement of the City'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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FOR OTHER CANDIDATES: Do you support strengthening the local economy and improving the quality of work on City projects through CBAs (Community Benefit Agreements), certified payroll, local preference ordinances, and so on?
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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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FOR ANN ARBOR CANDIDATES: Will you vote to stop the contracting out of solid waste disposal / recycling until the public hearings and planning process that the City paid $250,000 to undertake have been completed?
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FOR ANN ARBOR CANDIDATES: Will you vote to eliminate the cap on the number of city employee FTEs the city is allowed to hire?
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What are your thoughts on your city’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 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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