Election Volunteer Poll Workers Orientation on Saturday [7.31.14]

Space is available at the IUOE hall for DFT members on Saturday at 11 a.m. for Pre-Election Day Poll volunteer Workers Orientation Session. The hall is located at 1550 Howard in Detroit.

2014 Legislative Summit

AFT-WV will conduct its annual Legislative Summit as follows:

               September 5-6, 2014

               Four Points by Sheraton

               Charleston, WV

The event will begin with a reception on Friday evening and conclude around noon on Saturday. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and determine the legislative priorities and goals of AFT-WV for the 2015 legislative session.


News Reporters or ALEC Lobbyists?

Campbell Brown and George Will are two easily recognized faces and news figures. George Will makes regular appearances on news shows like MEET THE PRESS and is a syndicated columnist whose comments appear in newspapers across America. Brown is a former journalist and news reporter with ties to major networks. Presumably when they talk, people listen. Recently Will came under fire for his insensitive observations about rape victims on college campuses. Several newspapers dropped his column as a result. 


Contingent Academics Petition to Investigate Higher Education’s Adjunct Instructor Labor Practices

5100+ Adjunct Faculty and supporters protest poor wages and job conditions
New York, NY, July 30, 2014:  A small group of writers and activists has launched a petition to David Weil, the new head of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, to investigate the wages and employment conditions of adjunct faculty in American higher education. Since its launch on July 11, the site at Change.org (http://tinyurl.com/ovfq23d) has gathered over 5,100 signatures from adjuncts, tenure-track faculty, students, parents, concerned citizens, and at least two academic administrators... read MORE

HAP Overpayment [7.30.14]

DPS employees recently received a memo from Health Alliance Plan alerting them of an approximately 1.7 percent overpayment rebate going to DPS for premium payments.

The DFT office has been flooded with calls asking why the rebate is going to the employer rather than to the employees.

Given the projected amount of the rebate, if the 20 percent portion were returned to DPS employees it would amount to less than $4 per employee. DPS will use the overpayment toward preimum payments for the coming year.

In the meantime, DFT along with our sister locals in the Coalition of Unions, will continue to pursue relief via the legal remedies by law and our collective bargaining agreements because of the district's refusal to negotiate any restructuring of the health care options afforded to DPS employees.

In Solidarity,

Keith Johnson, DFT President

SCEA Family Picnic

The Saint Cloud Education Association Family Picnic is Monday, August 27th. Join us for food and fun at Riverside Park! For more information, click here.


LFT tells BESE: Suspend high-stakes testing

(Baton Rouge – July 29, 2014) Moments after the state’s highest education board voted today to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal for blocking the funds to pay for Common Core testing, LFT President Steve Monaghan urged the board to suspend high-stakes testing until the controversy is resolved.



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