John Elliott's passing

It comes with great sadness that I report that John Elliott, former Detroit Federation of Teachers president, has died. He led our local from 1981 to 2001 and holds the distinction of being the first African American to serve in the post.

WHAT'S NEW: Health Blue Living Deadlines Extended

The Office of Benefits was informed by Blue Care Network (BCN) that due to the current public health emergency, they have extended your Healthy Blue Living deadlines for the 2020 plan year only.


Here are your new deadlines to remain at, or earn back, the enhanced level with lower out-of-pocket costs, such as copayments and deductible:

• Your health assessment is due by June 30, 2020.

• Your Blue Care Network Qualification Form is due by June 30, 2020.

• If applicable, your Tobacco Cessation Coaching program deadline to enroll is July 31, 2020.

WHAT'S NEW: Recap of Resources and Tips for March 16-20, 2020

The Detroit Federation of Teachers wants to share informative tips and resources with our members during this public health emergency.  Here's a recap of the information we shared this week. We want to hear from you.  What are some of the incredible things you are doing to provide instruction from home?  Share with us by sending an email to by Tuesday, March 24.