The proposed 10 percent wage cut has been rescinded. No one person made that happen. We won this battle together. The fight to stop increased health care costs, prevent layoffs and other battles, will continue. But make no mistake, collectively, we stopped the 10 percent wage cut!
"The district will not, will not, implement the 10 percent reduction," Emergency Manager Jack Martin said today at Golightly Education Center. After parent outcry, class sizes will not increase.
Martin said beefing up enrollment is the goal for reducing the deficit but that is difficult with a declining school age population and much competition. "If we had 3,000 more students this fall, we would not be here today," he said.
AFT Detroit has organized neighborhood walks at 4 p.m. today at Gompers and Ronald Brown schools, as well as a rally at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Fisher Building to raise community support for quality education in Detroit.
Thank you, DFT members, for your incredible mobilization work.
-Edna Reaves, DFT executive vice president