District is in process of determining how many employees will be laid off; lay-offs and non-renewals are necessary to match declining student enrollment
DPS today is taking a fiscally-responsible and prudent step to prepare to trim its workforce by sending lay-off notices to every member of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, as well as non-renewal notices to 248 administrators, in anticipation of a workforce reduction to match the district’s declining student enrollment.
The effective date of the layoffs for DFT members is the end of the day on Friday, July 29, 2011.
The timeliness of the process allows for ample preparation so that the district can assess staffing needs to create a smooth transition for the start of the school year and ensure all teachers and staff will be in place on the first day so that teaching and learning can begin immediately for students.
While the layoff notices to DFT members are required under the current collective bargaining agreement, the district is informing the 5,466 salaried employees in a letter that after May 17, 2011, certain provisions of the Detroit Federation of Teachers collective bargaining agreement may change pursuant to the authority granted to the Emergency Manager under Public Act 4, the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act.
“I fully intend to use the authority that was granted under Public Act 4 following the 60 day window that expires on May 17, 2011. As a result, we have been meeting and conferring with the Detroit Federation of Teachers and all unions, as required by law, and those meetings have been fruitful,” said Emergency Manager Robert C. Bobb.
Notices will be sent to other bargaining units by April 30, 2011.