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October 14, 2019

Detroit Paras Growing

The membership campaign at the Detroit Federation of Paraprofessionals – Local 2350 is off to a great start.

The new organizing fellow, Rose Kirtz, in her first week has signed up ten new members.  In addition, six former members have recommitted to local 2350 by updating their account.  Hiring organizers from within our locals is working, membership is responding favorably to the ask, coming from their peers.
Great work.

MCCFO Supports UAW Strikers

Continuing the long list of AFT Michigan locals supporting UAW strikers, the Macomb Community College Faculty Organization (MCCFO) reached out an area UAW local and asked what was needed.   Now MCCFO is asking its members to donate everyday items like food, paper products, etc. MCCFO will collect these items and deliver them to the picket line.  Great Solidarity.

Michigan Represented at AFT Higher Ed Conference

Our state was well-represented at the national AFT Higher Education Conference this past weekend – leaders from Wayne County Community College, Macomb Community College, University of Michigan, and Henry Ford Community College were among the attendees.

Macomb Federation of Educators New Sign

The Macomb Federation of Educators has a new sign, located at 15300 E. 10 Mile Rd., Eastpointe. The Macomb Federation of Educators office houses the Eastpointe Federation of Educators, Roseville Federation of Teachers, Macomb ISD Paras, Van Dyke Ed Assistants, Van Dyke Teachers, and Hamtramck Fed of Teachers.

Register for AFT Michigan’s Union Building Institute


Join us at the University of Michigan in Dearborn as we kick-off our 2019-2020 Union Building Institute (UBI). AFT Michigan’s UBI program is intended for all AFT Michigan members, with a focus on local leaders who want to:

·         Attend a 101-level workshop in one of the four Power Wheel categories (Foundations, Organizing, Negotiating, and Politics), or

·         Participate in a more advanced workshop on Financial Management or Meeting Facilitation.

Please click here to register and for additional information about the conference, hotel accommodations, and mileage reimbursement.

Upcoming Professional Development

How to Build on Students’ Cultural Strength

November 2, 2019

8:30-4:00 p.m.

Dearborn Federation of Teachers Office

15250 Mercantile Dr. – Dearborn, MI

This workshop will help educators understand some of the most powerful cultural differences that can lead to classroom conflict for many students and how to capitalize on these differences to make the classroom a harmonious and productive learning environment.

AFT Michigan members will receive 6 SCECHs after completion of this course.

Click here to register.

In Solidarity,

David Hecker


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