HVALF questionnaire - State Legislature
This is the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation's (HVALF) questionnaire for candidates seeking State House and State Senate seats in the 2018 election cycle.

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 state and national offices, Michigan's regional labor bodies (Central Labor Councils, Area Labor Federations, etc) make recommendations to the Michigan AFL-CIO, which then decides who to endorse.

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 Thursday, May 17 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 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 state? *
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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 have you done, and what will you do, to raise the wages of Michigan workers, and in the process, contribute to the rebuilding of the middle class in this state? *
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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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Will you fight to protect prevailing wage in Michigan? *
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What have you done, and what will you do, to strengthen unions and the labor movement in this state? *
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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? Yes or no, and please explain. *
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Would you support state legislation 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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Will you vote to repeal "Right to Work" if it comes up? *
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What is the role of state government in health care, including mental health care? What will you do to improve health care outcomes for working families in Michigan? *
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Would you support requiring all Michigan employers to pay earned sick pay benefits? Yes or no, and please explain. *
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Is there ever a reason for privatizing public services? If so, why? *
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What role, if any, do you see for charter schools in the provision of publicly funded education in Michigan and beyond? *
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How will you work to preserve Michigan’s environment (and ensure environmental justice) while protecting Michigan jobs? *
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What are your thoughts on Michigan’s criminal justice system? If there are problems, what are they and how will you work to fix them? *
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What will you do to reverse the decade-long assault on workers and working families in Michigan? Please describe specific policy changes you will advocate for. *
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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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