RSVP "For the Teachers" Gala by May 12

A new group "For the Teachers, By the Teachers" will be holding the first Teachers Appreciation Gala on June 13 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel on Southfield Freeway in Detroit. DFT members must RSVP by May 12 by phone at (313) 884-4364 or (248) 635-6802 or by email at

Membership Meeting Thursday

The DFT Membership Meeting is Thursday, May 14, at 4:30 p.m. at the IBEW Hall, 1358 Abbott, east of Trumbull, entrance on Porter Street. All DFT members are encouraged to attend for updates on DPS and union issues.

Grievance Filed over April 30 letter

Below is the text of the grievance that the DFT filed today, May 7.

Ms. Ms. Dejongh,

Please consider this as a Step Two grievance against the district’s letter threatening teachers if they do not provide medical documentation for an illness absence on April 30, and against any subsequent harm the district imposes on those teachers -- financial, disciplinary or otherwise – if they do not provide that medical documentation.

The DFT considers the district’s letter a misapplication and misinterpretation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, including but not limited to Article 10 (“Medical and Emergency Leaves”).  

There is no other way to characterize the district’s action in this matter other than as arbitrary and capricious discipline, hence a violation of Article 16 (C).

We look forward to elaborating on these points at a Step Two grievance hearing within the next 14 calendar days, as is required by Article 5.

Steve Conn
DFT President

Detroit Teacher - May 2015

News in this issue of The Detroit Teacher:

  • What Governor's Plan Means for DFT
  • The DFT Goes to Lansing
  • When Did Teachers Become the Enemy?

and much more...[Download here].

Retiree Chapter Luncheon June 9

The DFT Retiree Chapter will have its year-end luncheon at 11:30 a.m. June 9 at Henry Ford Village, 15101 Ford Road, in Dearborn. Please RSVP to Jewel Gines, Retiree Chapter chair, at If interested, a tour will be available at 10:30 a.m.

DFT Executive Board Meeting 4:30 this Thursday, May 7; 7700 Second Ave.

Open to all DFT members.  Takes place in the first floor conference room.