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Donations of Sick Days Policy

The DFT and the district have agreed on a Donation of Sick Days Policy which allows members to donate unused sick days to catastrophically ill members. Read through the policy and if you think you would qualify for this benefit, reach out to the DFT Office before you submit paperwork to the district. There are these forms which need to be completed: Application to Use Donated Sick DaysSick Leave Physician Statement, and the Donation of Sick Days Authorization Form.


IMPORTANT: If Absent More than 5 Days

If you are off work more than FIVE days, you need to complete paperwork (physician's certificate) for pay or a leave. Forms can be obtained by going to the hub at the website. Click on Human Resources and then Employee Health Services to download the forms. Make sure to file these important papers otherwise your pay or job may be in jeopardy.

Important information regarding pay out of illness days upon retirement (UPDATED FOR 2023 RETIREES)

If you are represented by the DFT and are planning on retiring at the end of this school year, and if you wish to be paid for your sick days when you retire, be aware of the language contained in the DPSCD/DFT contract dealing with the payment of unused sick days upon retirement.  The contract language says:

"Eligible employees who retire July 1, or August 1, of any given school year and whose irrevocable Separation from Service form is submitted to the District's Human Resources Office no later than May 1 of that year, will be paid $45.00 for each unused day in their sick bank up to one hundred (100) days and $65.00 for each unused day in their sick bank for day one hundred and one (101) to two hundred (200) for a maximum payout of $11,000.  Payout of sick time upon retirement does not include a payout from the catastrophe bank."



DFT unit members planning on retiring at the end of the 2022-2023 school year should complete all of the forms related to retirement by May 1, 2023.  These forms include:

1.  A Separation from Service Form (SFSF) found on the District's Hub. 

Please remember that in order to be paid for illness days upon retirement from DPSCD, eligible employees must submit a SFSF to the District's Human Resource office (HR) no later than May 1, 2023 and retire effective July 1, 2023 (or August 1, 2023 if working during the month of July).

The SFSF should be emailed to HR ( by May 1, 2023. The "effective date of separation" on the SFSF should be listed as June 30, 2023 (or July 31, 2023 if working during the month of July.

Eligible employees meeting the May 1, 2023 deadline will be paid $45 for each unused illness day in their bank for days 1 to 100 and $65 for each unused illness day in their bank for days 101 to 200 for a maximum payout of $11,000. Payout of illness time upon retirement does not include a payout from the catastrophe bank. (To calculate the number of illness days in one's bank, divide the number of illness bank hours by eight [8].)

2.  The pension application forms found on an employee's miAccount with the Michigan Office of Retirement Services (  (Click on the menu item "Ready to Retire", then the box that says, "Apply for Retirement", and then follow the instructions.)

3.  The application forms for Social Security (if eligible) and Medicare (if eligible) found on Social Security's website (  (This website is separate and unrelated to the Michigan Office of Retirement Services' website and an employee's miAccount.)

Questions about retirement can be directed to the DFT's retirement counselor, Patrick Falcusan, at the union office, 313-875-6783. at any time during the year.

AFT PLUS Member Benefits

AFT PLUS is the name of the member benefit programs available to AFT members and their families. Many of the programs are provided through Union Privilege, the benefit arm of the AFL-CIO; others are unique to AFT and are coordinated directly through AFT PLUS. Explore the site and learn more about the savings and services available to you as a union member.

Click here to learn more about AFT PLUS Member Benefits.