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Labor Day

It was great seeing so many AFT Michigan members for Labor Day festivities. Last Monday, we had the return of the Detroit Labor Day March, a picnic for members at our office, and a UM labor council picnic; then this weekend, the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation hosted their festivities. Wonderful kicking off the school year in solidarity with our union siblings from around the state.

Healthcare Workers on Strike at Ascension Providence Rochester

Please support OPEIU members in their ULP strike/lockout at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. The strike is scheduled to take place from Monday, September 11th to Thursday, September 14th, with a solidarity day on Tuesday, September 12th. Hundreds of nurses and radiology technologists at Providence Rochester Hospital have been engaged in negotiations for a fair contract that prioritizes patient safety, increases wages, and improves working conditions to support the recruitment and retention of skilled staff for the Rochester community. Unfortunately, the hospital administration has engaged in unfair labor practices, with a total of 16 charges currently under investigation. 


SIGN-ON Urgent Intervention! ULP Strike/Lockout of Registered Nurses & Radiology Technologists

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! 

Upcoming Webinar: Reading Reform Across America – September 19 

Join this webinar on September 19 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm with Share My Lesson and Albert Shanker Institute to learn how you can implement the latest reading reform goals to deepen literacy support from Ester Quintero, senior fellow at the Albert Shanker Institute for students this year. 

Reading Reform Across America, a report released by the Albert Shanker Institute this summer, documents how state legislatures nationwide have responded to these challenges. In this webinar, the report’s authors will describe the findings in ways that will help educators understand what to expect from state legislative action. Educators will also learn what priorities can be implemented without waiting for their state to act. 

When you register, you can order free copies of a Special American Educator on Literacy

Click here to register. 

Real Solutions for Kids and Communities

The AFT has launched a new campaign: Real Solutions for Kids and Communities. This year-long campaign seeks to reject the toxic attacks against public education in favor of working to strengthen public schools, making real solutions for kids a national priority.

Sign up for campaign updates and opportunities to get involved.

Join us in our mission to have a positive impact on children’s lives. Discover various ways to get involved, share and learn from success stories about effective programs in communities nationwide, and find more information on great things happening in public schools.

Read the one pager informational sheet here.

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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.

Registration is Now Open for Safety in the Workplace and the 2023 Fall Leadership Institute

Registration is open for both our newest six-week short course, Safety in the Workplace, and the 2023 Fall Leadership Institute. Safety in the Workplace begins on September 28th and deep-dives into Environmental, Health, & Safety laws and regulations, workers compensation, and more. The Fall Leadership Institute, running from November 16-18, is a weekend-long conference aimed at providing labor organizers and union leaders with the tools they need to thrive. 

CLCS is Hosting Global Women’s Empowerment Event with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib

The Women Officials Network (WON) Foundation and Global Ties Detroit are proud to present Women’s Empowerment: Morocco to Michigan & Beyond. This panel discussion, moderated by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, will feature female leaders from around the world. Admission is free but limited, so make sure to register now. The event will be hosted by UM-Dearborn Center for Labor and Community Studies (CLCS) at the Fairlane Center in Dearborn.

Click here for more information and to register. 

In solidarity,

Terrence Martin


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