To the Executive Board and Members of the DFT,
I recently completed a set of discussions with AFT President Randi Weingarten, and AFT Regional Representative Bob Morganstern. We discussed, among other things, the fact that our local has not paid the per capita dues to the AFT and to the AFT Michigan since the new Executive Board took office in January 2015.
To remedy this problem, I agreed to pay the monies we owe to both the AFT and the AFT Michigan promptly. To do so, I will need three things:
1. I need the monthly assessments that were sent by the AFT and the AFT Michigan to the DFT so that we can compute the exact amount of money we owe each entity for each of the months since we assumed office.
2. If either Executive Vice President (VP) Bailey or Treasurer Broughton have already computed the amount we owe to each entity, and if they can supply that information to me along with the bills that we received, then I can ask either of them to provide me with the seven check requests so that we can identify the exact amount we are paying each entity each month for the back dues. I will promptly pay each entity and request Executive VP Bailey or Treasurer Broughton to supply a second signature.
3. If neither Executive VP Bailey or Treasurer Broughton have computed the monies that we owe to each entity, I will calculate the amount owed and submit the bill, my computation, and a check request to either of them for their second signature.
I have assured the AFT Michigan and AFT leadership that we will pay our subscriptions regularly on a monthly basis. Again, I ask Ms. Bailey and Treasurer Broughton to provide me with a copy of the bill we receive from each entity as soon as it arrives so that either I or they can compute the specific payment we will have to make for the months listed.
The local still owes the AFT for back dues that we failed to pay from Jan. 1-April 1, 2014, which I will also ask Ms. Bailey or Ms. Broughton to issue a check request for that amount so we can pay it.
Additionally, I understand that there are at least two, perhaps more, monthly per caps also owed to the AFT Michigan and AFT from Keith Johnson's tenure as president of the DFT. Once I get a copy of the the bills stating the number of members we had for each month, I have assured the AFT Michigan and AFT leadership that we will pay those as well.
I will speak to the appropriate AFT officers about the forbearance agreement the DFT receives from the AFT, and we will work out a mutual way for our local to make reasonable and regular payments to pay off that debt.
Neither the AFT Michigan nor the AFT leadership have expressed any concerns or doubts that our local will fulfill our financial responsibilities to the AFT bodies to which we owe monthly per caps and payments. AFT President Weingarten was especially deferential in her understanding of the issues facing any new leadership that is charged with setting up a viable procedure. I am confident that we can move forward with a regular and ordinary financial arrangement.