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: Official Candidate List for Biennial Election
Please click the link to view and download the official candidate list for the upcoming election of Officers, Executive Board Members and Trustees. It is possible more names will be added to the list once the grievance process is completed. Online voting begins on Thursday, November 17, 2022 and runs until Friday, November 25.
It's back! Reading Opens The World FREE book giveaway. Join us on October 8 from 12 - 4 p.m. at the Horatio Williams Foundation located at 1010 Antietam in Detroit. Students, Parents/Guardians and families may receive up to 10 free books; Educators and School Staff up to 30 free books. First come first served! For educators and school staff pre-registration is highly encouraged. To pre-register please visit www.firstbook.org/AFT.