Mobilization initiated by unanimous vote at the Sunday, May 3 Mass Special DFT Membership Meeting.
We demand that DPS provide all teachers with their fall placements THIS MONTH! We demand no more waiting all summer to find out if we have a job & at what school! We need to know NOW! Our students and their parents need to know NOW! Waiting all summer to know if we have a job for next year creates intolerable instability in our lives, and chaos in the schools each fall!
Let’s keep up last week’s momentum and new fighting spirit and win real improvements this spring for ourselves and our students. The DFT pledges to its members that it will continue to build its campaign for the defense of public education in Detroit. We demand that the Emergency Manager put an immediate end to the many destructive, anti-education policies in DPS --policies such as two-hour staff meetings, pay step freezes, overcrowded classrooms, lost teacher prep time, and more.
All community is invited to our rallies! We wage this fight for the future of our city and all its people, most especially our students!
Our Sunday Special Membership Meeting also (1) voted to file a lawsuit against slanderous teacher evaluations, (2) voted to support an ongoing union organizing drive at several Detroit charter schools, and (3) heard how teacher Heather Miller recently won a major legal victory against DPS for a false observation/evaluation and interfering with her legally-protected union activity. The judge ordered that DPS reinstate her from the 2012 layoff and make her whole for all lost pay and benefits.
The timing of Miller's victory is no coincidence. It shows that when we fight we can win. If we continue to mobilize we will win much more. Come to the rally after school on Tuesday!