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.
WHAT'S NEW: Meet our Executive Vice President
Jason Posey has been an active member of the Detroit Federation of Teachers for nearly 20 years. In 2003, he began his career at Coleman A. Young Elementary School where he taught second and third grades and was elected Alternate Building Representative. Jason also served as Alternate and Building Representative at Noble Elementary-Middle School for many years.
In 2014, Jason was elected to his first of five terms as an AFT Convention Delegate. Later that same year, he was elected to serve the first of five terms on the DFT Executive Board. Beginning in 2019, he was selected to serve as one of DFT’s inaugural Organizing Fellows. The organizing fellows program has increased the DFT membership as well as built capacity within the union by training and assisting building representatives and our rank and file members.
Unionism is deeply rooted in Jason’s family. His mother was a DFT member for 21 years prior to becoming a district administrator. His grandfather was a proud UAW-Chrysler member for over 30 years. His grandmother was a member of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union. His aunts were members of the Communication Workers of America; one of them serving as shop steward.
Jason is honored to be voted as one of DFT Vice-Presidents and humbled to be selected by the DFT Executive Board to serve as Executive Vice-President.
Professionally, Jason is prouder of nothing more than his advocacy and representation of the members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers.
Jason is a graduate of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan.
Jason shares his home with his wife, Jessica, who is also an educator and his four year old daughter Lauren.
Today, March 3, 2023 all schools will dismiss two (2) hours earlier than the normal dismissal time. The early dismissal is due to a Winter Storm Warning developing this afternoon.
Please see the following DFT/DPSCD contract language:
Article Twenty-Five: Emergency School Closures: Emergency Weather Conditions
"When individual schools are closed after the start of the school day, teachers will also be dismissed."
In the case of students who are not picked up immediately after dismissal, this is also addressed in the CBA
Article Seven: School Schedules Section Seven
"At the elementary school level, teachers will escort their students to the designated dismissal door; any students not picked up will be escorted by the teacher to a place identified in the building procedures. At the middle and high school levels, teachers will clear the halls of students in their area of the building."