The keynote speaker for the DFT231R chapter meeting in September was Jason Posey, the executive vice-president. He thanked the attendees for their service to the union post-retirement. He also urged the retirees to come into schools to talk to members about organizing and the importance of belonging to a union. To purchase the t-shirt and other updated information for retirees go to the drop down menu of membership, tab is Retirees.
Thank You Building Reps
Building reps were given practice in writing grievances at the September Building Representatives Professional Development. It was great to see new faces. Organizing Fellow, Yolanda King, facilitates these monthly workshops so building reps can be kept current on best practices and also have an opportunity to mingle with their peers.
DFT Pickets with UAW
DFT members, along with other unions, walked the picket line with striking UAW workers earlier in September. The DFT led chants of No Deals, No Wheels and Let's Go, Local 9 oh oh. The DFT stands in solidarity with the auto workers.
DFT Congratulates David Hecker
DFT members turned out to celebrate the retirement of David Hecker. Current and former DFT members stand behind the sign that shows the state federation building that has been named the David Hecker Building. City of Detroit Mayor, Mike Duggan, expresses his well wishes at the event.
WHAT'S NEW: DFT Talks Teacher Shortage on CNBC
Our Donavon Gardner and Terrence Martin talk about American's teacher shortage challenge.
WHAT'S NEW: DFT Executive Board elects to continue contract negotiations with DPSCD
On May 15, our Executive Board rejected a tentative contract agreement with DPSCD. I wanted to share my statement with you:
"We've continually stated what's best for educators is best for students. The executive board felt that the tentative agreement doesn't move DPSCD forward and place our students first. We want to continue negotiations."
WHAT'S NEW: Call your legislators & tell them to protect teacher pensions
Republicans in Lansing are getting ready to launch a new round of attacks on working families next week, and we need to start fighting back right now.
These new bills are being pushed by the billionaire DeVos family to destroy pensions for newly-hired teachers, librarians, and bus drivers.