HAP Overpayment [7.30.14]

DPS employees recently received a memo from Health Alliance Plan alerting them of an approximately 1.7 percent overpayment rebate going to DPS for premium payments.

The DFT office has been flooded with calls asking why the rebate is going to the employer rather than to the employees.

Given the projected amount of the rebate, if the 20 percent portion were returned to DPS employees it would amount to less than $4 per employee. DPS will use the overpayment toward preimum payments for the coming year.

In the meantime, DFT along with our sister locals in the Coalition of Unions, will continue to pursue relief via the legal remedies by law and our collective bargaining agreements because of the district's refusal to negotiate any restructuring of the health care options afforded to DPS employees.

In Solidarity,

Keith Johnson, DFT President

Call for Volunteers on Election Day [7.24.14]

The DFT is supporting the Aug. 5 millage package for the Detroit Public Schools by enlisting at least 200 of our members to work the polls on Election Day. Members will educate voters by disseminating literature and as captains monitoring polls. Please call the DFT at 313-875-3500 to be added to the list.

Aug. 5 Millage Affects Detroit Teachers [7.22.14]

The Aug. 5 millage, which will raise funds for districts in Wayne County, would raise $14.8 million for Detroit Public Schools and has been included in its budget. If the millage fails, the district will need to cut that amount from its current year budget, affecting Detroit students and staff members.

Health Care Q&A, Email to Jack Martin [7.1.14]

DFT Members:

DPS is conducting informational meetings regarding the instructional healthcare plan today, July 1, at Western International High School, and tomorrow, July 2, at Renaissance High School, and July 9 at Ronald Brown Academy. All forums begin at 4:30 p.m.

While the DFT moves forward with our challenge to this non-negotiated change to our healthcare, we encourage members to attend the forums so you can make an informed and appropriate decision on your coverage.

We also encourage you to email Emergency Manager Jack Martin at Jack.martin@detroitk12.org to express not only your displeasure with the healthcare options, but also how this will adversely affect quality of life conditions for you and your family.

We must send a message that not only is an agreement binding, but so too should be the commitment of the employer to the welfare of the employees and their families. We will not stand idly by as our contractual rights and the welfare of our families are treated as an afterthought.

In Solidarity,

Keith Johnson, DFT President

Cetification Renewal Requirements [6.28.14]

DFT Members: The number of SCECHs and DPPDs renewal requirements has been reduced from 180 to 150. Also, there no longer is a cap of 30 hours per school year for DPPD.

-Edna Reaves, DFT Executive Vice President

DPS Health Care and Open Enrollment [6.27.14]

Many DFT members have asked what they should do relative to the "open enrollment" and restructured health care plan implemented by DPS.

The DFT has already stated our position -- the action taken by DPS is a violation of the collective bargaining agreement, specifically as it pertains to the "benefit reopener."

Any change in the structure of the health care plan(s) is subject to negotiations when a collective bargaining agreement is in effect, as is the agreement between DFT and DPS. The DFT is taking the action necessary to effectively enforce the agreement.

In the interim, so as not to lose health care coverage, we encourage and recommend to our members to select a health care plan affordable and serviceable to you and the needs of your family.

The DFT is likely to seek a "make whole" remedy that would, at the very least, offset any additional costs incurred to receive adequate health care.

As usual we will post any additional information relative to this and all concerns affecting the DFT.

In strength through solidarity,

Keith Johnson, DFT President