Detroit Federation of Teachers ratifies contract with Detroit Public Schools Community District


DETROIT – The Detroit Federation of Teachers ratified a new contract agreement Thursday with the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

The three-year contract includes a 3 percent salary increase in the first year and a 4.13 percent salary increase in the second year.

A reopener clause in the third year allows both parties to negotiate wage terms. Also, wages cannot be reduced in the third year.

It is the first multi-year contract without concessions between the DFT and DPSCD in more than a decade.

The contract would also provide a $1,750 one-time bonus to teachers at the top of the salary scale.

The contract will go to the Financial Review Commission for consideration.

The DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti released a statement in response to the ratification:

"The salary increases associated with this agreement are far from what our teachers deserve. However, it will be rewarding to provide teachers a necessary increase to their salary as the first step in making teacher salaries whole again after nearly a decade of ignoring the fact that our most important employees are teachers. We must, and will, prioritize competitive salaries for Detroit teachers as we all work together to rebuild our district."

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