American Federation of Teachers en Staff at Detroit's first unionized charter school have a tentative contract <p>Teachers and staff at Detroit’s first unionized charter school have <a href="">reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement</a>.</p><p>Teachers at Detroit’s Cesar Chavez Academy formally joined the American Federation of Teachers in February 2013.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 01:27:15 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17907 at Staff at Detroit's first unionized charter school have a tentative contract In the wake of right-to-work, Detroit charter school teachers press for union <p>Teachers and staff at a Detroit charter school are pressing forward with an effort to unionize.</p><p>Teachers at the Cesar Chavez Academy have filed to hold an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. They hope that will happen early next year.</p><p>Cesar Chavez serves more than 2000 students on several campuses in southwest Detroit. If a majority of their members votes to unionize, they will be represented by the <a href="">American Federation of Teachers in Michigan</a>.</p> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:32:57 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10507 at In the wake of right-to-work, Detroit charter school teachers press for union Biden: Republicans no longer believe in public education <p>Vice President Joe Biden says Republicans have stopped believing in the concept of public education.</p><p>Biden made those comments as he rallied thousands of educators at the American Federation of Teachers&rsquo; annual convention in Detroit Sunday.</p><p>AFT union leaders strongly back President Obama. And Biden took repeated shots at Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.</p><p>Biden says Romney and fellow his Republicans now &ldquo;have a totally different perspective&rdquo; from most Americans about education&mdash;and pretty much everything else.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:22:23 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8484 at In this morning's state news headlines. . . <p><strong>Bolger and Schmidt answer to complaints about breaking campaign finance laws</strong></p><p>State House Speaker Jase Bolger and state Representative Roy Schmidt have a little less than three weeks to answer complaints they broke campaign finance laws. A complaint by the Kent County prosecutor filed with the Secretary of State names just Schmidt. One filed by Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer names both of them. The two plotted to keep a serious Democratic challenger off the ballot after Schmidt jumped from the Democrats to the Republicans. House Republican spokesman Ari Adler says no laws were broken, but the speaker will back legislation to stop what they tried to do from happening in the future.&nbsp; The Secretary of State sent letters last week to Bolger and Schmidt informing them there is an official inquiry underway.</p><p><strong>Biden in Detroit</strong></p><p>Vice President Joe Biden has been out on the campaign trail. He rallied teachers in Detroit Sunday. That&rsquo;s where the American Federation of Teachers is holding its annual convention. &quot;Biden went after Mitt Romney and Republicans in Congress for budget plans that would slash federal education spending. He said Republicans have consistently opposed proposals to keep teachers and other public employees on the job through the economic downturn,&quot; Sarah Cwiek reports.</p><p><strong>Detroit Institute of Arts vote</strong></p><p>Voters in three counties will soon decide the fate of a tax millage for the Detroit Institute of Arts. Museum officials say the DIA could shut down if a 10 year property tax doesn&#39;t pass. Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties will decide August 7th. The museum no longer receives state funding. But Critics say the DIA&#39;s campaign exaggerates the museum&#39;s financial struggles. The property tax would bring in roughly 230 million dollars over 10 years. Residents in counties that approve it will get free admission to the museum.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:00:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8479 at In this morning's state news headlines. . . American Federation of Teachers takes to the streets on behalf of Detroit's teachers <p>The American Federation of Teachers is in Detroit for the group&rsquo;s annual convention.</p><p>And they&rsquo;re taking it to the streets&mdash;and to Detroit Public Schools&rsquo; officials&mdash;on behalf of the district&rsquo;s teachers.</p><p>Earlier this month, Detroit Public Schools&rsquo; emergency manager Roy Roberts imposed new contract terms on the district&rsquo;s teachers.</p><p>Those terms include a pay cut, larger class sizes, and less prep time for teachers.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:12:20 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8474 at American Federation of Teachers takes to the streets on behalf of Detroit's teachers A conversation with David Hecker, Pres. of AFT in Michigan <p>The Republican-led legislature approved a measure that would prohibit schools from automatically deducting union dues from the paychecks of school employees last week.</p><p>Those in support of the measure say it puts more money in the pockets of employees who can then choose to write a check to their union. Opponents say it&rsquo;s another attempt at union busting.</p><p>David Hecker, President of the American Federation of Teachers in Michigan spoke with Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:51:31 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 6644 at National AFT leaders visit Detroit <pre> The leader of the nation&rsquo;s second-largest teacher&rsquo;s union made a pitch for empowering teachers in Detroit. </pre> <pre> American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten toured Palmer Park Preparatory Academy. The district says the school has been transformed for the better in the past year, since teachers took control of most school functions, including the budget and curriculum. </pre> <p>The AFT touts the school&rsquo;s success as &ldquo;a model of successful union-district collaboration and teacher accountability.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 22:45:35 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2798 at National AFT leaders visit Detroit