The coalition of DPS unions is holding a tele-town hall on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, and will begin at 7:00 p.m. HAP representatives and union leaders will be on-line to provide information about the current plan, where we are with current discussions, and answer member questions. If your phone number has changed and you want to participate, please call the the DFT office at 313-875-3500 to update your phone number.
Teacher participation in the district-wide Open House Saturday is not required. Your attendance and participation is voluntary.
-Ivy Bailey, interim President
After an Aug. 3 trial in which the DFT Executive Board found President Steve Conn guilty of five counts of misconduct, the board removed him as president and expelled him from the union. The next steps, according to the DFT Constitution and Bylaws, will be:
- The Executive Vice President, Ivy Bailey, will be the interim president until a new election is held.
- Conn will have the option to appeal his conviction to the membership at its Sept. 17 meeting at a location to be determined. If he is unsuccessful in overturning the verdict, he has a right to appeal to the AFT.
- An election for a new president must be held within 120 days.
Wearing all black and donning hospital masks and gloves, DFT members took their fight against health care cuts to Emergency Manager Darnell Earley's office today. Earley is proposing higher deductibles to go into effect in January. DFT Interim President Ivy Bailey met with Earley yesterday to discuss the DFT's opposition to the plans. "We are making incremental progess," Bailey said. In addition to DFT, members from other DPS unions and two clergy members attended today's action.
The district is processing all transfer requests submitted by DFT members in accordance with Article XV of the contract. Accordingly, those transfer requests submitted during the open transfer period of April 1-July 1, 2015 will be honored for all eligible teachers (who are rated as effective and above) that have been accepted by the receiving principals.
The first DFT General Membership Meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. The location of the meeting will be posted as soon as it is available.