Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager imposes new teacher contract

Jul 1, 2012

The state-appointed emergency manager for the Detroit Public Schools has imposed a new contract on the district’s teachers.

Roy Roberts is empowered to impose new contract terms on teachers under the state’s emergency manager law.

The district’s previous contract with the Detroit Federation of Teachers expired June 30.

In a written statement, Roberts says the decision to impose a new contract came after “a series of meet and confer sessions” with union leadership prior to June 30.

He says the new agreement gives the district flexibility and will save enough money to “ultimately return to financial solvency.”

Contract terms were not released late Sunday, and teacher’s union leaders could not be reached for comment.

The union sued Roberts last year after he imposed a 10 percent wage cut. The two sides settled that case in federal court in March.