WHAT'S NEW: DFT Members approve contract with Detroit Public Schools Community District

The Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) on July 27 ratified a new contract agreement with the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD).

The three-year pact calls for a 3 percent salary increase in the first year and a 4.13 percent increase in the second year. The contract also features a re-opener clause in the third year that allows both parties to negotiate wage terms. The clause states that no wages can be reduced in the third year. The pact is the first multi-year contract without concessions between the DFT and DPSCD in more than a decade.

The agreement also provides a $1,750 one-time bonus to teachers at the top of the salary scale. That bonus will to be paid in September during the upcoming 2017-18 school year. 

“I am pleased that our members have approved the agreement,” stated Ivy Bailey, DFT president. “We certainly deserve more but the package offers us the opportunity to continue building our local, move our school district forward and place students first.”

Under state law, the contract now goes to the Financial Review Commission for consideration.

Option to Purchase Service Credit Ending September 29, 2017

Public Act 92 of 2017, which was signed into law today, discontinues the option to initiate a service credit purchase as of September 29, 2017. This change in the law has no other effect on your pension or retiree healthcare benefits, and it does not affect purchases you’ve already made or tax-deferred payment agreements you may already have in place.

If you’re planning a service credit purchase, full payment for the amount of service you wish to buy or a fully completed Tax-Deferred Payment (TDP) Agreement (R0392C) signed by both you and your employer must be received in our office by 5:00 p.m. EDT, September 29, 2017. Any service credit applications received after that time will not be processed and payments will be refunded appropriately. However, the ability to receive credit for time spent in military service and to reinstate service credit by repaying any refunded pension contributions will remain available to you after that date.

To find out what types of service credit you may be eligible to purchase, the rules, the cost, and how to purchase, our website is your best resource. Go to www.michigan.gov/orsschools and click on Service Credit – Earning and Purchasing.

The best way to find out the cost of buying various types of service credit is to use the tools available in miAccount – log in at www.michigan.gov/orsmiaccount. First, create a pension estimate. The Estimate Pension tool lets you enter any number of “what-if?” scenarios to create multiple estimates. Next, click on Your Service. From there, you can estimate the cost of purchasing Universal Buy-In service credit and various other types. After calculating your cost, click on “When will I recover this cost.” The Breakeven Point for Your Service Purchase calculator uses one of your pension estimates to determine how many years after retiring it would take to recover the cost of your purchase.

Watch for a letter in the mail from our office with more details. If you have any questions after reviewing the resources on our website, log in to miAccount and use our online Message Board for secure, direct access to our representatives.

Sincerely,

Office of Retirement Services

National March for Public Education Comes to Detroit July 22

DETROIT – Teachers, parents, students and supporters from across metro Detroit will be holding a rally and march for public education at Clark Park in southwest Detroit this Saturday, July 22, 2017. The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is being held as part of a national march in Washington, D.C. and 15 other cities across the country. 

WHAT'S NEW: Voting on tentative agreement extended to July 21

Voting on the DFT tentative contract agreement with the Detroit Public Schools Community District has been extended from Wednesday, July 19 to Friday, July 21.

Ballots must be postmarked by that date.  Ballots will be counted on Thursday, July 27, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Detroit Association of Educational Office Employees headquarters, located at 115 West Willis St., Detroit, MI 48201-1809.  Members will have the opportunity to observe the ballot-counting process at that time.

Remember, if you have questions regarding our Tentative Agreement with DPSCD, please call us at 313-875-3500, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHAT'S NEW: Gladys Clark of Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School Teacher of the Year

The Detroit Goodfellows on June 14 announced the winner of the eighth annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest — Gladys Clark, an eighth-grade teacher at Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School! 

 

Detroit Goodfellows board members surprised Clark in her classroom with the news and presented her with a $200 gift card to buy classroom supplies. Additionally, she will be acknowledged at the Detroit Goodfellows Annual Tribute Breakfast this fall.