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Media Release


July 26, 2012



Scott Stephens


Margaret Weertz (DFT)
313/689-2346 (mobile)


AFT President Randi Weingarten, Thousands of Educators to Rally at DPS Headquarters,
Demand Roy Roberts Negotiate with Detroit's Educators

DETROIT—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and thousands of AFT convention delegates will join Detroit Federation of Teachers members and other Detroit AFT members to rally at the Detroit Pubic School headquarters at noon Friday, July 27, 2012. Weingarten and Detroit's educators will demand that DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts return to the table to negotiate a contract that invests in Detroit's public schools and students.

In a letter delivered Thursday, Weingarten notified Roberts that she would join AFT members Friday to demand a face-to-face meeting with Roberts. The letter also requests that Roberts agree to a timeline of regular bargaining sessions before school opens and a fair impasse procedure that will encourage frank and constructive discussions.

After the Detroit contract expired June 30, Roberts, a state-appointee with authority over the district, unilaterally imposed a contract that cuts school funding, would increase class sizes, cuts prep time for teachers, reduces maternity leave, and no longer guarantees that students will have adequate text books and supplies.

The American Federation of Teachers 2012 convention is being held in Detroit on July 27-30 at the Cobo Center, where more than 3,000 delegates will gather from across the country representing preK-12 teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; early childhood educators; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and healthcare professionals.

AFT has also been airing a radio ad demanding Roberts bargain with Detroit's educators. Listen to the ad here:

WHAT:           Rally at DPS Headquarters

WHO:             AFT President Randi Weingarten
                       Thousands of American Federation of Teachers, Detroit Federation of
                       Teachers Members

WHEN:           Friday, July 27, 2012, noon

WHERE:         New Center One Building
                        3031 W. Grand Blvd.
                        Detroit MI



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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.