Tentative Agreement Highlights and FAQs

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We are pleased to inform you that the Detroit Federation of Teachers has reached a tentative agreement with the Detroit Public Schools Community Schools District.

This agreement is the culmination of a negotiations process that we knew, from the beginning, would be difficult. We all know Lansing did not fulfill their full responsibility to the citizens of this city by paying the debt the state created in our local school district.

And while it was challenging, it presented our union with an opportunity for nearly unprecedented member and community engagement. The result is an agreement that provides members with some money in a number of ways. And for the first time in a decade, this agreement contains no concessions.

Of course, it comes with the territory—given the nature of the negotiations process—we didn’t get everything we wanted. But I’m pleased to announce that we succeeded in restoring some favorable provisions from previous contracts that had been taken away. Overall, this is a tentative agreement that the DFT Executive Board is pleased to present to members.

The DFT held a special meeting for members on Sept. 6, where we provided members with a written summary and FAQs around the new tentative agreement.

Download those documents here: