The parties in the matter of Detroit Federation of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers Local 231, Detroit Association of Educational Office Employees, American Federation of Teachers Local 4168, Detroit Federation of Paraprofessionals, American Federation of Teachers, Local 2350, Phyllis Light, Zakiya A. Jackson and Dorothea W. Ramsey, v Roy Roberts, and Andy Dillon appeared in US District Court Eastern Division before Judge George Caram Steeh today (Wednesday, February 29, 2011) at 10:30 a.m. for approval of the settlement of the pending lawsuit.
The Plaintiffs, who are employees and union representatives of DPS employees, sued Emergency Manager Roy Roberts and State Treasurer Andy Dillon asserting various constitutional claims arising out of Emergency Manager Orders which amongst other things, reduced the compensation of all DPS employees, increased the employee cost for health care benefits and eliminated any payout of sick days at retirement.
The settlement represents good faith efforts and compromise by the parties in order to amicably resolve the matter in its entirety. The key settlement terms include in part partial payment of accumulated sick days for employees who submit an irrevocable notice of retirement by March 19, 2012, a one-time lump sum payment of 2.5% of the employee’s 2011/2012 earnings and limited reinstatement of step increases.
“We reached a solution that was in the best interest of both sides but most importantly, it is the best for educating 66,902 students and recognizing the critical importance of our teachers and staff. This is a great example of diligent work by both sides to resolve a thorny issue,” Roberts said.