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Trade Unionists Around the Country Stand with Detroit Educators

All members of the A. Philip Randolph Institute Board of Directors and more than 200 of the organization’s members signed on to a statement of support for educators in Detroit and urged the school district to bargain a fair contract agreement. Read the full statement.

Celebrate Labor Day with the DFT

Join with sisters and brothers from the Detroit Federation of Teachers, AFT Michigan and Detroit’s organized labor family for the Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 5. Meet us at the staging location at 7 a.m., on Michigan Avenue and Trumbull. The parade steps off at 9:30 a.m.

Represent your union by wearing the red DFT t-shirt! Shirts are available at the DFT Office at 7700 Second Ave. Please pick up your shirt Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., until Friday, Sept. 2. T-SHIRTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE PARADE. We look forward to marching with you to celebrate Labor Day 2016! Click here to RSVP.

ESSA regulations need improvement, AFT tells Ed Department

The AFT weighed in on proposed federal regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act this month, highlighting areas where the Department of Education must rework its draft in order to give schools a real shot at moving away from the current burdens of test-and-punish reform.

DFT Delegates Attend Historic 2016 National AFT Convention

Members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers joined more than 3,000 union delegates from around the country in Minneapolis July 18-21 for the American Federation of Teachers’ biennial convention. Interim President Ivy Bailey and Executive Vice President Terrence Martin were part of a delegation of 10 DFT members attending the national gathering.

National unions offer support for Orlando community

The AFT, the Florida Education Association, the National Education Association, the Service Employees International Union, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are working together to provide support and resources to the Orlando community in the wake of June 12's horrific shooting.

DFT teacher honored at Tony Awards

Detroit's own Cass Tech Drama Teacher, Marilyn McCormick, was honored on June 12 at the 70th Annual Tony Awards in New York City. Marilyn received this year's Excellence in Theatre Education Award. The annual award, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, recognizes a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S. who has "demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession."  

Educators, parents deliver community-driven education platform to DPS

A group of about 35 teachers, parents and community activists gathered at the Fisher Building Monday afternoon to present Detroit Public Schools Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes with “The Public Schools All Detroit Children Deserve,” a platform document that outlines a community-driven vision for public education. You can read the community platform here in English, or Spanish.