Mass Special Membership Meeting Sunday March 29 3pm

Sunday March 29 3:00,  IBEW Local 58 Hall 1358 Abbot, Detroit MI 48226. Parking entrance is on Porter Street, east of Trumbull

All members are urged to attend this critically important Mass Meeting of the DFT, where we will discuss implementation of the decisions made at the previous mass meeting on Jan. 25. We have made a great start with an action campaign, including the highly successful rallies against abusive principals, leading to immediate gains at Marquette School and backing off the Mann Principal's harassment. 


Clark Rally a Success! More Members Report Sexual Harassment in DPS

Tuesday's DFT rally against sexual harassment at Clark was a success.  Members continue to come forward to tell of their experiances with sexual harassment in DPS, and support for the DFT's zero tolerance policy. We picketed for about an hour and then gathered to report on what they have learned from other members in the schools or on the phone about the problem of sexual harassment in DPS.  Check back soon on this website for updates about our next rally against bully principals and related problems in the schools.


Critical Shortage Bonus

DPS has agreed to pay a critical shortage bonus of $1300 to any DFT member assigned to the following areas: secondary math and science, aeronautics/aviation/aerospace science & technology, early childhood general and special education, Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish, bilingual, special education other  than learning disabled.  DFT members should expect to receive the money by the end of the school year.  However, the bonus will be forfeited if you leave the district before then. The bonuses will be paid from a special federal/state grant the district recently received. 


Marquette Rally Wins Immediate Gains !

Monday's DFT rally at Marquette School has already acheived results.  DPS roofers were working on the roof as the rally started.  And the very next day, the union received official notification from the district that an additional teacher was being assigned to the school as fulfillment of the union's recent class size grievance. "Its highly unlikely that any of this would have happened without the rally and the public support that the rally showed for Marquette teachers and students," said Marquette's DFT Building Rep Mary Jo Brockman.


Four Members Elected to DFT Election Committee

Four members were elected the the DFT Election Committee at the March 12 Membership Meeting. They are: Crystal Lee, Jeff Wasilewski, Devette Brown and Kim Mitchell. They will serve two-year terms.

Detroit Teacher - March 2015

News in this issue of The Detroit Teacher:

  • DFT Pushes for Building Reps at Every School
  • State of the DFT Union
  • Are You Thinking of Retirement?
  • Teacher Appreciation Gala June 13

and much more...[Download here].