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EMUFT Launches Community Outreach Campaign

EMUFT members and Edna the EMU began a series of community tabling events this past Saturday starting at the Ypsilanti Farmers Market in Depot Town.  Community members came out in full force to sign the petition that asks EMU to do the right thing and pay a fair wage, increase job security for part time lecturers and reduce the highest workload in the state for the full time lecturers.  Kids were delighted to find Edna the Emu in a fun scavenger game, and several past EMUFT presidents were spotted taking part in the event.  If you haven’t signed the petition yet, here is a link:

Keep an eye out for EMUFT and Edna in your neighborhood. 

David Hecker Featured on MIRS Podcast

David Hecker was a guest on this week’s MIRS Monday podcast, talking about his more than two decades of leadership at AFT Michigan.

Support AT&T Call Center Workers

Our CWA siblings are asking for help amplifying a petition calling on AT&T to stop call center closures and job eliminations. Over 45 call centers have been closed by AT&T in the United States since 2011 with thousands of employees, their families, and the communities they live in impacted by this alarming trend. The petition is live online here:

Teacher Grants

Amber’s Gift is a grant for teachers. You know, the kind of teacher with a no quit attitude for their students. The kind of teacher who sees the promise of every child that comes into their classroom and strives to help them unlock their potential and strive to their highest heights! Do you know a teacher like that you can recommend? Are you a teacher like that? If so, apply for this grant! Nominate/Apply by Sept 15, 2023

Online application:

Grants will be awarded at the 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball

Nov. 5, 2023

6pm -10pm

At the Gem Theatre Detroit,

333 Madison St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

For tickets:

AFT Calls Out Social Media for Undermining Schools, Mental Health

"Likes vs. Learning"

Together with several partners, the AFT is calling out social media platforms for undermining classroom learning, increasing costs for school systems and being a “root cause” of the nationwide youth mental health crisis. The groundbreaking report announced a series of recommendations and reforms that tech companies should implement to keep American children safe and protect learning environments. “Likes vs. Learning: The Real Cost of Social Media for Schools” has generated great interest. Its other sponsors are the American Psychological Association, Fairplay, ParentsTogether and Design It For Us.

Contribute to the AFT Michigan PAC Today

AFT Michigan fights for our members, students and communities all year round and we need your help. Can you donate $1 a week to aid us in this fight? Please visit the AFT Michigan website to contribute and make a big difference in protecting public education and building a better Michigan future! 

Professional Development

New Online Course – Differentiating Instruction 

We’re excited to announce registration is open to enroll online in Differentiating Instruction, a new, self-paced module that’s part of the AFT Professional Learning’s Strategies for Success series.

This research-based program consists of courses that address teaching and learning aspects of the preK-12 classroom experienced by new and veteran teachers alike.

The differentiation course, as with all of AFT’s training modules, is designed to foster:

  • Reflection on research;
  • Consideration of the research for application to classroom practice; and
  • Dialogue with other professionals as a way to expand professional knowledge.

This three-part Differentiating Instruction module takes about four hours to complete and is eligible for four hours of credit. If you are an AFT member and aren’t familiar with AFT eLearning, your first step is to create a free account.

In addition to this eLearning course, registered attendees will also be invited to attend three optional virtual support meetings held via Zoom, with an opportunity to earn up to 4.5 additional credit hours. Individuals who attend will participate in live training of overarching concepts, have opportunities for Q&A and receive targeted support from national AFT facilitators. Here are the dates:

  • Session 1 on Tiering:  Aug. 23, 6:30 – 8 p.m. EDT
  • Session 2 on Choice Boards: Sept. 20, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Session 3 on the 3 Intelligences: Oct. 11, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Learn more about the Differentiating Instruction module.

Enter Share My Lesson’s Back-to-School Sweepstakes

Get Your Students What They Need

Enter AFT Share My Lesson Back-to-School Sweepstakes for a chance to win funding for your class project through DonorsChoose—and clear your list!

Prizes for our eight winners Include:

  • One Grand-Prize Winner: $500 to your project on DonorsChoose
  • Two Runner-Up Winners; $250 to your project on DonorsChoose
  • Five Third-Place Winners: $100 to your project on DonorsChoose

After completing the entry form, which gives you one entry, complete a series of additional tasks to earn more entry points—and more chances to win! The sweepstakes ends on Sept. 5. View the Terms & Conditions. Learn more about DonorsChoose.

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Latina/o Workers Leadership Institute – September 21-23, 2023

The Latina/o Worker Leadership Institute invites all workers, union or non-union, and activists from allied organizations to share ideas and grow skills for responding to the challenges facing Latina/o working persons and learn about Latina/o culture. We welcome participants from all genders and all cultural or ethnic backgrounds. With nine workshops plus a new program for kids, the Latina/o Workers Leadership Institute offers something for everyone.

Click here for more information and to register.

Detroit Lions Union Day Event 

The Lions are pleased to offer local union members special savings off select Lions Game this year.

Please note that if you would like to sit together all tickets must be purchased through one transaction. You will be assigned the best available seats within the section you choose at time of purchase.

Tickets can be purchased at this link:

In solidarity,

Terrence Martin


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