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Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

Detroit school board approves two-year contract with teachers

By meerna Jul10,2024
Detroit school board approves two-year contract with teachers

Detroit Public Schools approved a two-year contract with the teachers union Tuesday night that includes pay raises, a $2,000 retention bonus for each member and the reinstatement of payroll deductions for union dues.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved the 2024-26 contract, which was ratified by the Detroit Federation of Teachers in late June. It goes into effect Aug. 19.

Lakia Wilson-Lumpkins, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, said last week that the final vote tally for June 26-29 was 954 to 197, with a total of 1,151 votes.

The union represents approximately 4,500 members from 41 professional groups of school staff, including teachers, counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, speech therapists, academic intervention specialists, attendance agents and others.

The agreement includes a 4.65% pay increase in year one and 3.33% in year two to raise the top salary to $90,000 and $93,000 for teachers with a master’s degree. The starting salary for teachers with a bachelor’s degree will be $55,000, up from $51,000 previously.

A $4,000 seniority bonus was added for those who have been employed by the district for at least 15 years, as well as a $2,000 retention bonus, which will be paid in June of next year.

Wilson-Lumpkins said provisions removed from the contract 10 years ago that relate to discipline, seniority and evaluation have been restored.

“We are leaders across all districts because we got everything back in one contract,” Wilson-Lumpkins said. “This language will provide continuity, job security and give teachers a voice. They have lost their voice and that has created a difficult climate to work in.”

First day of school August 26th.

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