The following DFT members are in urgent need of donated sick days: Brian Dolechek, homebound teacher; Lisa Bonner, school psychologist; Voncile Campbell, of Chrysler Elementary School; Cynthia Williams of East English Village Preparatory Academy; Princess Wilford at Noble Elementary School; Sheilia Weaver at Keidan Special Education Center; and Tracy E. Jolly at Pulaski Elementary School. If you can help by donating a sick day to them, please [download this form] and fax it to the Office of Payroll at 313-873-4448. The day IS NOT recorded as an absence. The number of days in your sick bank is just reduced and not recorded as used.
The proposed 10 percent wage cut has been rescinded. No one person made that happen. We won this battle together. The fight to stop increased health care costs, prevent layoffs and other battles, will continue. But make no mistake, collectively, we stopped the 10 percent wage cut!
"The district will not, will not, implement the 10 percent reduction," Emergency Manager Jack Martin said today at Golightly Education Center. After parent outcry, class sizes will not increase.
Martin said beefing up enrollment is the goal for reducing the deficit but that is difficult with a declining school age population and much competition. "If we had 3,000 more students this fall, we would not be here today," he said.
AFT Detroit has organized neighborhood walks at 4 p.m. today at Gompers and Ronald Brown schools, as well as a rally at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Fisher Building to raise community support for quality education in Detroit.
Thank you, DFT members, for your incredible mobilization work.
-Edna Reaves, DFT executive vice president
Like all of you, I am infuriated by the revised Deficit Elimination Plan submitted by the Emergency Manager, which includes the 10 percent reduction of salaries effective Oct. 1. This is on top of the restructured health care plan imposed on us, as well as the previous 10 percent pay reduction we've endured since 2011.
DPS cannot cut its way to prosperity, particularly at the expense of the employees whose salaries and benefits are not the reason it is on the brink of bankruptcy.
AFT Michigan is offering Professional Development Workshops in September. (To receive the indicated SCECH credits you must attend all hours of the workshops.)