Q: In the past, the ballot always specified that a “No” vote was a vote to withhold your services. Why isn’t that language on this ballot?
A: Including that language would have virtually guaranteed ratification of the contract. However, the membership made it clear that they do not want a contract “rammed down their throats.” For the first time, they will be allowed to simply vote “No,” without also voting for a work stoppage that they may not support. For the first time in our history, the ballot language is informative instead of coercive.
Q: What happens if I am assigned to a priority school and I don’t want to be?
A: That can’t happen. You have to apply.
Q: If my school becomes a priority school and I don’t apply, or I apply and I’m not accepted, do I lose my job?
A: No. Human Resources will assign you to another position. All your rights, including seniority are intact.
Q: Can principals fire employees in priority schools for any reason?
A: Principals cannot fire employees.
Q: Can a principal decide not to keep you at a priority school?
A: Yes. But the member must be informed of the basis for the findings (third paragraph from the bottom, page 25.)
Q: What happens if I am not asked to return to the priority school?
A: You retain the same rights (including seniority) as any other member (page 26, item 10, first paragraph).
Q: If Human Resources doesn’t find a position for me, I become a CTAL. Does that mean I take a pay cut?
A: No. Your pay and benefits remain intact.
Q: Can I lose my job if I am still a CTAL after one year?
A: No. The district is required to find a placement for you. (page 26, item 10, third paragraph).
Q: Do members in Priority Schools lose their seniority rights?
A: No. You still have all the rights of other DFT members.
Q: Will members at Priority Schools be "at will" employees?
A: No, you will still have all the the protections of your contract: seniority and tenure.
Q: Is the Tip bonus over and above the TIP money deducted from our checks?
A: No. It’s the same money. The “bonus” is how you get it back.
Q: When will the insurance changes take effect?
A: If the contract is ratified, open enrollment will be in January, with the changes effective Feb. 1.
Q: The contract says we get 10 sick days in the first year. Is that the first year of the contract, or the first year of employment?
A: You get 10 days in the first year of employment.
Q: Will there be a charge for office visits on the HAP plan.
A: Yes, $20.
Q: Why did DPS propose the TIP plan?
A: They didn’t. They proposed a pay cut and freezing salary steps. The union proposed the TIP plan, which is a temporary reduction that you get back. Also, the guaranteed raise in the third year will be be on top of the current salary, not 90 percent of the current salary.
Q: If the opt-out plan is eliminated, does that mean I have to be on the district’s insurance?
A: No. It just means you won’t get paid to opt out.
Q: The governor announced partial restoration of school funding last week. How does that effect the district?
A: State aid to Detroit was cut $15 since the negotiations began in June. The restoration could bring $10 million, leaving the district $5 million short of their original budget.