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.
This afternoon, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed our position and an earlier Court of Claims ruling that the Legislature’s imposition of the 3 percent retiree healthcare deduction from school employees’ paychecks is unconstitutional. The Attorney General is likely to appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court. Until a final decision is reached, the deductions will remain in the escrow account.
This is another victory in defense of our rights and we are confident that we will ultimately prevail and get your money back to you. Unfortunately, as you know, the Legislature yesterday passed SB 1040, which eliminates retiree health care for new hires, while increasing costs for current employees and retirees. Even after we win this lawsuit, we will all be paying more for retirement.
We will continue to provide you accurate information as we get it, and remember, the Supreme Court justices we elect this November will be the ones deciding whether you get your money back or not.