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CHTU Update 9.27.16

Dear Colleagues,
On October 6 the Heights Coalition, PTA Council, and CHTU are sponsoring a Walk In at our buildings.  Come together for ten minutes before the start of the school day on October 6 to support our students and staff, to celebrate public education, and to proclaim What Matters Most to Us about our public schools.  The event will coincide with a national day of action sponsored by AROS, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools.

Negotiations Update - 8.31.16

Dear Colleagues,

As published last week our negotiations for a successor contract has stalled until after the levy.  We continue to work under the old contract until such time as we ratify something new.  Base salary, benefits, and working conditions have not changed.  So, it is kind of like being in a black hole, not knowing which direction we will end up moving.  The only thing for certain is that there is uncertainty.  Over the next few weeks I plan on sharing what I can about negotiations; where we agree, where we disagree, and where we are headed.

CHTU Update - 8.17.16

Dear Colleagues

Welcome back – two words every teachers is thrilled to hear.  Better to say something more realistic like, “aren’t you glad you got all that sleep in the summer stored up so you can make it to winter break?”


CHUH Levy - November 2016

The CHUH district will have a 5.5 mil levy on the ballot for November 2016. It is the first operating levy in 5 years - 2 years longer than the normal life expectancy of a school levy.  This means that the district has not had any increase in operating costs for 5 years even though everything costs more today than it did 5 years ago.

Negotiations Update - 7.19.16

Negotiations Update – 7.19.16

Dear Colleagues,

As of yesterday, we have completed 5.5 days of bargaining that started June 14.  Although we have had productive discussions and have several tentative agreements, we have not yet started to negotiate anything financial.  We believe that it is essential to work out contract language issues before getting into raises and benefits.  Therefore there is no package to consider voting up or down at this point.

CHTU Update - May 4, 2016

As many of you have seen in the news, Detroit teachers staged a walkout based on not being assured they would be paid through the summer.  The district was going to run out of money.  This was one of the arguments that Schmida and I made against going to year round pay.  The bargaining poll at the time let us know that members wanted year round pay so we negotiated it, but this business in Detroit brings back some of my fears around the issue.

CHTU Update - April 25, 2016

Dear Colleagues,
Lots of things happening:


The RIFs:  As you know, on April 5 the BOE eliminated 52 positions resulting in members losing their jobs.

It is important to note that there were other positions eliminated based on resignations and retirements.  The actual number of positions that 795 lost is 57.5.

On Friday, April 22 it was determined that Bellefaire Intensive Treatment Unit would continue being operated by the district for another year.  This resulted in 6 members being recalled.