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ACTION ALERT: Continuing the fight against school closings

Help us fight against the proposed school closings! 

Detroit City Council Town Hall on Education
Get Informed/Give Feedback
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
13th Floor Auditorium
2 Woodward Ave (at Jefferson)
Monday, February 13, 2017
5:15 PM to 7:30 PM
Call 313.224.1245 or 313.224.2450 for more information

Save Our Schools Rally (SOS)
Rally Against School Closures
State of Michigan Bldg.
3044 West Grand Blvd. (across from the Fisher Bldg.)
Friday, February 17, 2017
12:00 Noon
For more information contact Russ Bellant 313.368.2148


Sign the petition: Don't close our schools!

Closing a school DOES NOT IMPROVE EDUCATION. We will fight against closure of schools based solely on low achievement in standardized tests. We will fight for a coordinated system that includes parents, students, and community members. And we will fight for the fully funded schools that our children deserve!

Members, sign the petition and turn in to your building rep.


Senate Republicans have delayed confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s nominee for secretary of education.  

This delay gives us an opportunity to increase pressure on the Senate to reject DeVos. The move came after intense public pressure—your calls, emails and petitions to the Senate—demanding that the ethics committee have time to fully review her investments and political donations. You also highlighted her track record here in Michigan.

We need to make sure the Senate hears us loud and clear. We don’t want Betsy DeVos to do anymore harm. Americans want an education secretary who supports public education so all children have great neighborhood schools, not one who wants to destroy it.

Write to your senators today and ask them to vote no on DeVos’ nomination.

Take Action: Tell Your Senator to Support Detroit Public Schools

Call and tell your Senator to oppose the legislation that attacks Detroit Public Schools. Tell him/her to stand up for legislation that adequately funds Detroit Public Schools to ensure our kids have the schools they deserve, local control is returned to the district and the community, a Detroit Education Commission is in place to bring coordination to educational options in the city, and teachers and school staff have jobs.

Retialiation - No Dues Deduction

This morning (3/7) extreme Lansing politicians are retaliating against an effort launched by teachers, nurses, and construction workers yesterday to amend the state constitution to protect collective bargaining rights and strengthen Michigan’s middle class.

Today the Michigan Senate retaliated by passing HB 4929, which would punish public school teachers, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers by placing burdensome new restrictions on the collection of dues that protect employees through collective bargaining agreements.  The bill would prohibit the use of payroll deduction for the collection of dues.  According to the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency, HB 4929, “would have no significant fiscal impact on school districts.”  An amendment was put on the bill in committee that would allow payroll deduction if the union local reimbursed the cost to the school district, that reasonable amendment was taken out of the bill on the Senate floor. 

The bill now moves to the House.  Please, use your cell phone, and call your Representative on your lunch time or immediately after school today.  Ask them to vote NO on HB 4929, and if they are opposed to the bill, ask them try and stop the bill from taking “Immediate Effect.”  Click here to find your Representative.

Let COPE Join You for Lunch

We can come to your worksite during lunch to talk about issues affecting our union. Fax a request form to the DFT office at 875-3511.