ALEC headed to Kansas City

The American Legislative Exchange Council [ALEC] is headed to the Heartland. They’re bringing state politicians to Kansas City —pushing a dangerous agenda that rewards greedy CEOs and hurts middle class workers and our public schools.
 
Lets show them that KC Stands Up to ALEC!!!
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Make the List! [4.17.14]

In May we are printing the names of every DFT member who contributes to the COPE political action fund. COPE chair Ivy Bailey is asking members to contribute at least $10 by April 25. If every one of our 4,000 members contributes $10, we can raise more than $40,000 to fight the anti-teacher sentiment in Lansing.

A free, equal and quality education is one of the great foundations of American society. Public education, especially in Detroit and other urban areas, is rapidly being eroded. Lansing legislators have eliminated seniority, gutted tenure rights and weakened your union protections.

The DFT must make its voice heard in Lansing in November 2014. Make your $10 payment TODAY to AFT Michigan COPE, and mail it to AFT Michigan, 2661 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48207 or drop it off at the DFT, 7700 Second Ave., Suite 427, Detroit MI 48202.

Call for Volunteers for May Day Celebration

Working class poets, musicians, filmmakers, artists, cooks, organizers, activists and everyone else invited to come and participate in celebration and solidarity on Thursday, May 1 from 5:30 to 10 or so at the new Resistencia space 4926 Cesar Chavez. Lilia Rosas will MC.                            

Commit, organize, put this together, communicate with us. We need you!   Here's a list of immediate commitments needed. Please respond.

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AHEM Approves Tentative Agreement

COON RAPIDS, Minn. April 17, 2014 –Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota announced Thursday that its members have voted to approve a tentative labor agreement reached with the district earlier this month.

The agreement was accepted by teachers with 84.6 percent approval. The agreement now goes to the Anoka-Hennepin School Board for final approval at its regular meeting April 28.

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Mid Term Elections, Seniors and Everybody's Future

All politics is LOCAL politics, or so pundits are fond of saying. Yet voter turnout is notoriously low in off year elections, when more local issues and candidates are at stake. Seniors have much more at risk this year and contrary to other constituencies, seniors turn out in greater proportion than their counterparts. 

Consider this: seniors are 13% of the voting base but 4/10 likely voters will be 65 or older at the time of the 2014 midterm elections. 

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04162014 - Permanent security officer assigned to Rollins School

LAWRENCE — A permanent security officer will now be on duty at the Rollins Elementary School after a neighbor described as “armed, belligerent and threatening to kill” got into the Howard Street school on Friday.

Hector Muniz, 38, of 429 Howard St., was held without bail yesterday. Police said he went into the Rollins School, armed with a gun and made threats to commit murder. He allegedly got into the school behind a delivery person and was stopped first by school staff.

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Retiree Rally at the Capitol

Retirees and activists from AFT-WV joined with other retired public employees for a rally at the Capitol on April 15, 2014. The Coalition of Retired Public Employees (CORPE) staged a rally to garner support for a tax exemption for a portion of a retired public employee's  pension. A similar measure for retired police and firemen is already in place in the state.

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