DPS union president says union won’t honor new contract

DETROIT – Detroit Public Schools has published its new teachers union contract, according to The Detroit News. The contract continues the 10 percent pay cut implemented last year, reduces maternity leave, and eliminates pay for unused sick days upon retirement.

The News also reports that DPS will no longer provide assault pay to teachers. Instead, if an employee is assaulted by a parent or student, the employee will receive benefits provided under the Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation Act.
Detroit Federation of Teachers President Keith Johnson told The News that the new contract is a “tyrannical edict,” and that the union would not honor it.
SOURCE: The Detroit News, “DPS releases contract Roberts ordered for teachers’ union," July 7, 2012
FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Report, “Detroit teachers union threatens lawsuit over hiring practices," June 11, 2012