Defend Public Education

Johnson gets props from Weingarten as recall effort grows

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Conaway on January 13, 2010

While DFT President Keith Johnson faces a growing recall effort by DFT membership, the AFT is using him as the poster boy for their national campaign to undermine teachers and students rights.

From the DFT website:

DFT President Keith Johnson and the 2009 bargaining team are being honored at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Jan. 12 for the innovative contract that ushered in union-driven reforms and held the line on wages in a deficit-ridden school district. The 2009-2012 contract has been called the most progressive in Michigan history. For the first time, Detroit teachers will drive staff development, counsel and mentor their peers, and determine school bonuses. AFT President Randi Weingarten will honor Johnson and the team for the innovative negotiations that accomplished the package. Johnson will be in Washington to accept the award for his bargaining team: Mark O’Keefe, Patrick Falcusan, Felecia Clark, Mershira Oliver and Paula Trilety.  (For more analysis of Weingarten’s speech see Union to propose test scores figure into teacher ratings)



Meanwhile Back in Detroit,

The wage claim forms are stacking up on Attorney George Washington’s desk as teachers see the first deduction from their paychecks, and the organizing meetings for the recall of Johnson have grown to over 100 teachers representing dozens of schools across the city, and petition signatures number 1300+.

Innovative? Progressive? 

Rather than take wage cuts, thanks to the stellar negotiating skills of Johnson and his bargaining team, we got  $10,00 in payroll deductions from.  Only those who will profit from the taking over of public schools call this the most progressive contract in Michigan History for private profit. The school bonuses teachers will determine will be given “if the district secures funds”. 

The only people who call this outrageous deal progressive are those who stand to profit from the take over of pulic schools. As Weingarten honors Johson, she rejects a letter from the DFT election committee who voted UNANIMOUSLY to suspend this ratification vote due to many “iregularities”.


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  1. kdliddell said, on January 13, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    We must reclaim our union and fight to defend public education in Detroit! What is happening to us as teachers and to our students is ridiculous! This madness must Stop!

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