Action 1: Attend Special Council Meeting Monday, Dec 8th, 11am CAYMC
Action 2: Contact Detroit Legislative Delegation
Action 3: Contact Mayor Duggan’s Office
On Tuesday Dec 2, 2014 State Representative Earl Poleski (R) from Jackson County introduced HB 5977 as the “Local Government Employer Mandate Prohibition Act”. Testimony about the bill was heard in the Michigan Competitiveness Committee on Dec 4, 2014. The bill is on the committee’s agenda again, this coming Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM, Room 326, House Office Building in Lansing. People’s Platform and Equitable Detroit Coalition members will be in attendance. We will post updates through social media and summarize the results through email.
It is anticipated the committee will vote on the legislation at that time. At the Dec 4th committee meeting, a Detroit Regional Chamber representative spoke in support of the bill (see and please share video) and more pointedly against the CBA Ordinance that thousands of Detroiters have expressed their support for.
This Anti-Community Benefit Bill would prohibit municipalities from COMMUNITY BENEFIT AGREEMENT ordinances/policies. House Bill 5977 would also prevent municipalities in Michigan from enacting their own specific minimum wage increases and from establishing “any requirement related to employee wages, or benefits, such as a minimum wage, particular benefits, a specified amount of paid or unpaid leave time, or the payment of a prevailing wage except as provided by law,”
This bill is a state violation of local control that has been introduced in direct opposition to Detroiters efforts around a CBA Ordinance that also augments and seams up “Right to Work” legislation passed in 2012.
Over the past two years, Detroit People’s Platform members, partners, supporters and allies have come together around the importance of Community Benefit Agreements, CBAs, in Detroit. CBAs have been a part of successful development projects across the US and help to insure that everyone benefits from large development projects that use public funds or resources, like land. In the last year, continuing to support the work of the Equitable Detroit Coalition and the efforts of Council President Brenda Jones we have moved to organize around a city-wide Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance.
Action: Attend Special Council Meeting Monday, Dec 8th, 11am CAYMC
Council President Brenda Jones has called a special meeting of Detroit City Council at 11 am on Monday, December 8th in response to the HB 5977. Join City Council President in support of the Community Benefit Agreement Ordinance and the right of local residents to participate in democracy and work for fair and just economic development for all Detroiters.
Action: Contact Detroit Legislative Delegation
Educate them about why House Bill 5977 undermines economic opportunity for Detroiters by denying access to jobs and business opportunities. Let them know that we want to benefit directly from the investment of our tax dollars and public resources in economic development. State House Representatives– Detroit:
Alberta Talabi (District2), firstname.lastname@example.org – 517-373-1776
John Olumba (District 3), JohnOlumba@house.mi.gov, – 517-373-0144
Fred Durhal (District 5), email@example.com – 517-373-0844
Rashida Tlaib (District 6), firstname.lastname@example.org – 517-373-0823
David Nathan (District 8), email@example.com – 517-373-3815
Harvey Santana (District 9), firstname.lastname@example.org – 517-373-6990
Action: Contact Mayor Duggan’s Office: 313.224.3400
We are aware that Mayor Duggan’s does not support the CBA ordinance for Detroiters. Where does the Mayor stand on HB 5977?
1. Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams speaking in support of the bill and against the CBA Ordinance that is gaining momentum in Detroit.
2. Rep Santana calling the bill out as a block to community negotiating with developers. The CBA Ordinance will only apply to large-scale projects that use public funds (our tax $$) or resources, like land.
House bill would ban Detroit from enacting Community Benefits Agreement ordinance
“Detroit City Councilmember Raquel Castañeda-López, an avid proponent of the ordinance who could not be immediately reached for comment, wrote on Facebook that the bill would “restrict cities from having a community benefits ordinance.” “Whether you supported the Community Benefits Agreement ordinance or not, what the state govt is trying to run thru today during lame duck continues to strip power & the ability to self-govern from local municipalities,” she wrote.”
NEW! Lansing to dictate how cities do their business?
Lame duck? More like lame lawmakers
Crain’s Detroit Business
READ! – Community Benefits Agreements would boost neighborhoods, small businesses
“While Detroit is witnessing a paradoxical resurgence between downtown and Midtown (commercial corridor), amounting to billions of dollars in investment, the city’s neighborhoods (urban corridor), which comprise more than 82.7 percent African-Americans and 32,490 black-owned businesses, have largely been ignored for any economic opportunities, resources and benefits.” http://www.crainsdetroit.com/
Flashpoint 10/19/14: What’s best for Detroit post-bankruptcy?
10/19/14: We ask City Council members James Tate and Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, development leaders Rodrick Miller and Arthur Jemison, and business writers Tom Walsh and Daniel Howes.