The Effectiveness of a Parent's Voice

DPS has at least 170 teacher vacancies and it's mid November. What finally got Gov. Snyder's attention was a Channel 7 news story about tenth-graders at Renaissance having no English teacher and a grandmother on camera saying her first-grade grandchild was without proper books. The proves that a small group of parents can make a big difference. Because parents spoke up, it has become a priority to hire that English teacher, a Spanish teacher, and get books. Our upcoming efforts will focus on mobilizing parents and bringing them into our fight. We need to garner their support.


Letter Writing Campaign

We are asking all DPS employees from each school to write a letter to their Legislators (House & Senate) and Gov. Snyder. (Click on the links below to find your state rep or senator). We are asking that all letters be copied to the DFT at or dropped off at the DFT Office no later than Dec. 2.
Our goal is to deliver over 5,000 letters to Lansing in person and have a small contingent of Detroit staff speak on behalf of the students of Detroit Public Schools.

Detroit Teacher - November 2015

News in this issue of The Detroit Teacher:

  • Enough is enough!
  • The Value of a One-on-One Conversation
  • Questions Remain Over Governor's Plan
  • Our First Victory

and much more....[Download here].

Retiree Chapter Holiday Luncheon is Dec. 8

The DFT Retirees Chapter will host its Annual Holiday Luncheon at the Breithaupt Career and Technical Center, 9300 Hubbell in Detroit, on Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is $23 and checks should be made to Jewel Gines and sent to the DFT office, 7700 Second Ave., Suite 427, Detroit, MI 48202.

Successful Week

Dear Members,

Last week was a particularly active and successful week for the DFT. I just want to call your attention to what we accomplished. We called for an action in Lansing and another at the Fisher Building to tell our community and state, "Enough is enough." We have taken enough hits to our pay and work conditions, we cannot absorb a hit to our healthcare too. Some 2,700 of DFT members and members from our sister unions came out!

We then assembled our building reps for a workshop Friday night. They learned about the FMLA law, Worker's Compensation, grievances and organizing to better represent you.

On Saturday, we held a Membership Meeting to see if more of you would attend. Success! Almost 200 members came out and heard the latest updates on Gov. Snyder's plan for the DPS debt.

We are coming together as a union and a force. I'm proud of you.

-Ivy Bailey, Interim President

DFT Community Engagement Committee

The DFT has formed a Community Engagement Committee to reach out to the community for its support of Detroit students, teachers and schools. If you would like to get involved, please contact William Weir at