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Tell EMU,

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EMU PRIVATIZES STUDENT HOUSING!

Last year, Eastern Mich. University Administrators decided to privatize student housing, leasing its housing operations to a private company, Gilbane, for 35 years. This move caused controversy on campus, leading faculty to call for a vote of no confidence in EMU's President and Chief of Staff.



Now, Gilbane is poised to violate longstanding campus practice by using non-union carpenters to build EMU student housing.


Read on to learn why using union carpenters is good for EMU, good for our community, and the right thing to do.

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Read the Open Letter to EMU President James Smith:

We, the undersigned, are writing today to urge you to ensure that the Eastern Michigan University student housing projects currently under development by Gilbane are built using union carpenters. Doing so will mean that the housing is built with the highest standards for quality and safe construction. This will not only show students at EMU that the university values quality workmanship when it comes to their on-campus homes but also allows EMU to live its values by upholding its vision of having a positive community impact and striving for excellence in the construction of the housing.


By using union carpenters, you demonstrate that you value workers who have gone through extensive training, who are paid area standard wages and good benefits reflecting their hard-earned skill, and who are much more likely to be active members of our local community. Together, union carpenters and their contractors are leading the way in providing training and opportunities to people from underrepresented populations so they can join an industry and experience the benefits of working in construction. And because they are well-trained and dedicated professionals, using union carpenters is the surest way to have your projects delivered on time and on budget.


As you tout in your list of accomplishments as University President: “During President Smith’s tenure, agreements have been reached with all labor partners, with no interruption or disruption in service. Strong labor-management relationships have been crucial to the success of Eastern’s financial turnaround plan.” We know from this that you understand why it is crucial to have good labor-management relationships with the working people who make EMU a great place to learn and grow, as well as the sustainable value labor brings to the table.


We ask that you continue to foster positive labor relationships, deliver quality workmanship on the construction of the student housing projects and ensure union carpenters are used on this project.


Signed,

Jeff Irwin

Jeff Irwin

State Senator

18th District

Ronnie Peterson

Ronnie Peterson

State Representative

54th District

Donna Lasinski

Donna Lasinski

House Minority Leader

52nd District


Felicia Brabec

Felicia Brabec

State Representative

55th District

Yousef Rabhi

Yousef Rabhi

House Minority Floor Leader - 53rd District

Caroline Sanders

Caroline Sanders

Washtenaw County Commissioner - District 4

Jason Morgan

Jason Morgan

Washtenaw County Commissioner - District 8

Justin Hodge

Justin Hodge

Washtenaw County Commissioner - District 5

Ricky Jefferson

Ricky Jefferson

Washtenaw County Commissioner - District 6

Andy LaBarre

Andy LaBarre

Washtenaw County Commissioner - District 7

Katie Scott

Katie Scott

Washtenaw County Commissioner - District 9

Sue Shink

Sue Shink

Washtenaw County Commissioner - District 2

Jason MAciejewski

Jason Maciejewski

Washtenaw County Commissioner - District 1

Lois Richardson

Lois Richardson

Ypsilanti Mayor

Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown

Ypsilanti Mayor Pro-Tem

Brian Jones-Chance

Brian Jones-Chance

Ypsilanti City Council - Ward 1

Jennifer Symanns

Jennifer Symanns

Ypsilanti City Council - Ward 2

Steve Wilcoxen

Steve Wilcoxen

Ypsilanti City Council - Ward 2

Evan Sweet

Evan Sweet

Ypsilanti City Council - Ward3

Annie Somerville

Annie Somerville

Ypsilanti City Council - Ward 3

Jimmie Wilson Jr.

Jimmie Wilson Jr.

Ypsilanti Township Trustee

Why use union carpenters?

From foundation to finish, union carpenters are involved in every phase of construction. Union carpenters make sure structures are plumb, level, and square, and that building are constructed to the highest quality and safety standards.


Because they are well trained and paid fairly, you can count on union carpenters to deliver long-lasting projects on time and on budget.

Union carpenters and their contractor partners have invested more than $60 million in private funds to provide apprenticeship opportunities to the next generation of skilled tradespeople in Michigan.


Recruiting more people to the trades from all backgrounds is key to Michigan's ability to grow our economy.

Hiring union contractors means you can trust workers are not just well trained and safe, but also fairly paid with benefits so they can support their families and be active members in their communities.


Union Carpenters have a rich legacy of giving back, donating their time, skilled, and financial support to community and charity organization.

Make your voice heard

Let President Smith know you support using union carpenters to build student housing projects.

Paid for by theMichigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights