One of Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist's stops on Labor Day was at AFT Michigan. He poses with President Lakia Wilson-Lumpkins and Executive Board Member, Samantha Hoskin. The state federation held a barbecue following the Labor Day parade in Detroit.
DFT Walks Picket Line with UAW
The DFT walked the picket line in support of UAW Local 900, the Ford Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan. The DFT chanted "No Deals, No Wheels" and "Let's Go, Local Nine Oh Oh" to demonstrate our solidarity as they fight for fair wages and job security.
Members at Labor Day parade
DFT members participate in the annual Labor Day parade in Detroit. The theme of the parade this year was Labor United Stronger Than Ever.
DFT Congratulates David Hecker
DFT members turned out to celebrate the retirement of David Hecker. Current and former DFT members stand behind the sign that shows the state federation building that has been named the David Hecker Building. City of Detroit Mayor, Mike Duggan, expresses his well wishes at the event.
DFT teacher honored at Tony Awards
Detroit's own Cass Tech Drama Teacher, Marilyn McCormick, was honored on June 12 at the 70th Annual Tony Awards in New York City. Marilyn received this year's Excellence in Theatre Education Award. The annual award, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, recognizes a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S. who has "demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession."
DFT Fights Back: Legislative Actions, June 3- June 8
Description. Now is time for us to turn anger into action. I am asking you to join us this weekend and over the coming weeks to fight for the schools our kids deserve. Will you sign up to join us in this fight? Phone bank for an hour. Sign up for a community walk. Speak at your church. Or distribute information in your community. Sign up for phone banking and neighborhood walks here.
A group of about 35 teachers, parents and community activists gathered at the Fisher Building Monday afternoon to present Detroit Public Schools Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes with “The Public Schools All Detroit Children Deserve,” a platform document that outlines a community-driven vision for public education.You can read the community platform here in English, or Spanish.
Michigan House Republicans made it clear with their early morning vote that they plan to destroy Detroit’s public education system, take away the rights of educators and school staff, and bust the union. Under cover of darkness at 4 a.m. today, lawmakers passed some of the worst bills we have ever seen, all targeting the Detroit public school system—which overwhelmingly serves black and brown children.