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East Detroit Federation of Teachers
September 7, 2006

WELCOME BACK ALL EDFT MEMBERS: Our Welcome Back Party will be held on Friday, September 22nd at the Lutheran Fraternal Hall, 16140 Aurora (behind Eastpointe City Hall). Activities will run from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Stop by and renew old friendships and make some new ones. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.

SPEAKING OF NEW FRIENDS: We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members: Lanette Olejniczak (Spec. Ed-Oakwood), Tiffini Bitter (Speech/Language Pathologist), Leo Fink (Counselor-Kelly), Angie Touchette (Choir-Kelly), Barbara Agresta (Spec. Ed.-EDHS), John Grob (Spec. Ed.-EDHS), Ryan Thibodeau (Band-Oakwood), Donald Felan (Machine Shop-EDHS), Joseph Backus (Math-Kellwood), Marc Patyi (At-Risk Social Worker-Bellview/Pleasantview), Michael Kirschner (Small Eng. & Drafting-EDHS), Donna Hartzell (Spec. Ed.-EDHS) and Jill Davis (Spec. Ed.-EDHS).

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CLASSES: AFT Michigan is again offering Professional Development classes to our members. The current class schedule is located on their website: http://aftmichigan.org/members/workshops.html. Members may register for them on line or by calling the AFT Michigan office at 1-800-638-8868. If interested, do not delay. Classes fill up fast.

AFT SURVEY: The AFT is surveying members and locals for an upcoming report on the condition of schools. In his AFT convention speech earlier this summer, President Edward J. McElroy noted, "too many of our schools are overcrowded, out-of-date, unsafe and simply unacceptable." The AFT is seeking member information on conditions in their schools, specifically related to air quality (temperature, odors, fumes, mold, dust); lighting (lack of natural light, quality of lighting); noise (external noise, noise from machinery, echoes, noise from adjacent rooms); safety (structural, unsafe conditions, personal safety); and overcrowding (space allocation, too much equipment for space). To take the survey, go to: http://www.aft.org/psrp/leadershipsurvey.htm.

PROFESSIONAL TEACHING CERTIFICATE: Public Act 118 of the Michigan School Code has been recently amended. It now requires all teachers who will renew their Provisional Teaching Certificate or advance to the Professional Education certificate to complete a three-semester credit hour course study in diagnostic and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction. This new requirement shall be effective as of July 1, 2007. A Provisional Teaching Certificate will not be renewed or an individual who wishes to advance to a Professional Education certificate shall not, until this course of study is completed with appropriate field experience. For further information go to: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/SB327Implementation1647257.doc

0 Number of times minimum wage has increased since 1997.
8 Number of times Congress has increased its own pay since 1997.
$31,600 How much more a year members of Congress make today compared to 1997.
$10,700 Amount a person making minimum wage will earn in one year.
$8.70 Amount minimum wage would have to be today to have the same purchasing power it had in 1968.
86% Percentage of Americans who support raising the federal minimum wage.

LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING: Reproduced on the back of this newsletter is the Letter of Agreement signed by Dara Knill, President of the East Detroit Federation of Teachers and Gary Collins, Attorney and Lead Negotiator for the East Detroit School Board. This Letter approves the continuation of the 2003-06 contract while negotiations for a new contract continue. Negotiation sessions are scheduled for Sept. 12th and 26th.

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