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The unions of AFT Detroit are teaming up with First Book, Molina Healthcare and other local sponsors to provide free books and free health screenings at a community health fair this Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Impact Church, located at 12844 Elmsdale St. The health fair is free and open to educators, students, parents and community members.
The DPS/DFT 2nd Annual Teacher’s Appreciation Gala will be held June 4, 2016 at the Detroit-Dearborn Doubletree Hotel from 6pm-12am. This event is to recognize our hard work and dedication to the children of Detroit Public Schools. The deadline to sign up is May 2, 2016 so don't delay.
When the call went out to assist DFT member Deborah Martins of Bow Elementary School, who was in urgent need of donated sick days, members answered in a generous way. Deborah wants to make sure her sincere thanks are heard:
Thank You For Your Support
My heartfelt thanks to you for being there during my time of need. My love to you and yours.
Please accept my thanks for all that you have done to help me. I appreciate you so much.
Taking leave for the rally in Lansing on April 26
After last night’s meeting, we learned from a number of members that there is some confusion around the mass rally in Lansing on Tuesday, April 26, which is a professional development day for Detroit Public Schools. We are aware that DPS sent a notification that a written excuse or proof of illness will be required of employees who take a sick day on April 26. First, let me assure you that this request from the school district is legal and complies with the provisions of our contract.
Twenty organizers from AFT affiliates across the country are in Detroit and will be coming to your school over the next nine days. They will be there to talk with members at various times throughout the day and during any free periods. DFT leadership and organizers also are making home visits. Our goal is to talk to every member. Please reach out to them for discussion on your concerns.