We're excited for the 2015 Labor Day Parade in Detroit! DFT members and their families are encouraged to attend. We will be staging with AFT Michigan on Michigan Avenue, between Rosa Parks and Vermont, beginning at 7 a.m. The parade steps off at 9:30 a.m.
If you would like to change your pay frequency to 22 or 26 pays, you must file [this form] by Sept. 4 (only if you want to change from the number of pays you already have). Remember to make two copies, get them both stamped, submit one copy, and keep the second copy for your records.
The Emergency Manager is planning cuts that push costs on us. Our union will continue to fight back! JOIN THE FIGHT
With EM’s Health Care Plans, Employees’ Costs Skyrocket
Emergency Manager Darnell Earley continues to come after your health care. The first plan he originally put forth would have you holding over $11,000 in risk should you or a family member have health difficulties. And the cost of prescription drugs would increase significantly, in the case of generic drugs, four times as much.
DPS employees Gail Elam and Sandra Hamilton joined the virtual picket line today against Emergency Manager Darnell Earley's proposed health care cuts. Post your sign to social media too! Tell the EM #dontslashhealthcare.
Dear Members of the DFT:
We are writing to inform you of the Executive Board's decision to remove President Steve Conn from office and expel him from the DFT. This action, while permitted under DFT Constitution, is rarely used but is necessary because of the seriousness of the situation. Our final decision was made after reviewing all of the evidence carefully in a trial. Steve Conn had the opportunity to call witnesses and to speak in his own defense. He chose not to speak to the charges brought against him, making no effort to deny them.
We had no choice but to take action. The Executive Board took an oath to represent all members of the DFT. When members present charges against a member or an officer, the board has an obligation to address them. We found that Conn repeatedly violate the constitution and bylaws of the DFT. He continued to do so after being informed he was in violation, yet he made clear his intention to continue obstructing the union and violating the constitution and bylaws if he remained in office.
Steve Conn's violations were neither technical nor trivial. He demonstrated a clear and serious conflict of interest. His loyalty and alignment with an outside group precluded his basic obligation to put the interests of DFT members and the communities they serve first and foremost. No outside group, with their own agenda, should be permitted to take governance decisions that by all rights must be left to the DFT membership. Any officer shown to be permitting or encouraging this sort of conduct must be removed from office. His efforts for this outside group included preventing DFT members from voicing their priorities and concerns, permitting an intimidating atmosphere to develop, cancelling at the last minute publicized meetings and calling improperly noticed special meetings.
After much deliberation, the elected members of the DFT Executive Board found Steve Conn guilty of the following charges:
- Illegal cancellation of meetings, illegal attempts to convene special meetings, and failure to preside over meetings in accordance with the bylaws.
- Unauthorized affiliation of the DFT with By Any Means Necessary (BAMN).
- Failure to investigate abuse of members.
- Failure to address physical assault on member.
- Failure to pay per capita dues.
The charge of conducting a school rally against the wishes of 90 percent of staff was dismissed by DFT Executive Vice President Ivy Bailey.
Our union will get through this difficult time. We continue to direct the focus of our union on the issues that matter most to DFT members. We are steadfastly fighting the proposals to make draconian health insurance cuts that would make these benefits inaccessible and unaffordable to our members and would severely impact recruitment and retention of educators. We will be communicating with you about our efforts on this matter very shortly. If, in the meantime you have any questions, please contact us at the DFT by calling 313-875-3500 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DFT Executive Board