Deal to avoid Detroit teachers ‘safety’ strike would offer COVID-19 testing, hazard pay

By: | August 28, 2020

A deal to avoid a Detroit teachers safety strike would offer COVID-19 testing for students and staff, and provide teachers working in school buildings with up to $3,000 in hazard pay.

Those details are outlined in an email that the Detroit Federation of Teachers, which represents some 4,000 district employees, sent at about 8 p.m. to its members.

“Our stance in talks with the Detroit Public Schools Community District has been: If there is choice for one, there must be choice for all — and that is what we have secured with this agreement,” Terrence Martin, the union’s president, wrote in the email, referring to members’ ability to choose whether to work in-person or remotely.

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