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AFSA, Local No. 28, AFL-CIO
3031 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 435
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Telephone: (313) 832-4002   Fax: (313) 832-4010
E-mail Address: osasdet@aol.com


Preserve. Protect. Peace

What do these words mean to you? In a union these words mean everything. We preserve your way of life by working to create the best contracts that support all of the hard work you put in daily. Unions protect when employees are under attack. Unions provide peace. The peace of mind knowing that someone is looking out for you while you work instead of looking over your shoulder while you work. Unions provide something very important to your daily professional life and career but it cannot function without your support. 

How to Become a Member

Becoming a dues-paying member is easier than ever before.  We have switched to Affinipay which is a secure payment transaction site which is now accessible through our website.  All members should sign-up for deductible dues payments using the instructions below.  Those who are currently paying through Billhighway are asked to enter their information using the steps below so that we can close out your account information on Billhighway. 

Go to the Join the Union tab to complete the process. Scroll to the bottom to start the process.

Please call me if you have questions. 734-657-1132 

or email me at debbie.ake@gmail.com


August 3, 2018

Dean of Culture's start date is August 20th. They are not required to report to work August 30th or August 31st.

August 2, 2018

Negotiations tomorrow at 11:00 AM. Remember to sign-up for dues because only dues paying members will have access to the tentative contract membership meeting. You must be dues paying member to attend the general membership meeting, vote and receive a copy of the tentative agreement. As soon as we get a tentative contract we will schedule a membership meeting. You will received a membership card and a button that states you are a dues paying member. 

July 29,2018

OSAS submitted its first proposal for contract negotiations on March 27, 2017. We have completely rewritten the contract to bring it in line with current laws, practices and added clarity to the pass language in our last contract. Over the last few months we were down to the money.  Last week we became closer than we have ever been in wages until out of the blue the District came in asking for elimination of seniority for their financial proposal. 

We are currently waiting for the District to give us another date for negotiations. We have left our calendar open. 

You who have been affected by lay-offs and recalls know the power of the Union. The reason for joining and supporting OSAS is apparent the District wants you at-will. Without the Union you would be. We must show our force in numbers. I have asked that everyone move from Billhighway and sign up for dues on the join the Union tab on this website. I will remove your information information from Billhighway. New members can sign up directly on the Join Union tab. Dues will be monthly. The first time you sign up for dues it will be taken immediately than the 15th of the month after that. New members will be the 15th of month after they initially sign-up. If you are currently in Billhighway it will depend on when you signed up determines the next time dues will be collected. If it is the before the 15th is will be taken the next month. It is after the 15th it will skip the next month because you have already paid in Billhighway. 

The major reason we are asking you to pay dues through the website is because it controls your password for login under members only. All information about the contract will be placed under that tab. Newsletters will be produced and sent to the emails in the members only tab. The website will allow for immediate contact to our members paying dues. 

AEAs we have not forgotten about you. You are apart of our finanical proposal.

Members who are paying dues and understand the value of OSAS will receive notification of a membership meeting to help develop a plan to pressure the District for a fair contract with salary increases just like every other Union is DPSCD. The meeting will be scheduled after our next negotiation session.

 July 8, 2018

Negotiations tomorrow. Watch for updates.

We are changing over to a new finance company. We need you to go to osasdetroit.org and go to join the union and follow the directions to set-up monthly dues. 

If you are new to the Union or a first time payer it will collect your July dues and will not collect dues again until August 15th. 

If you are currently paying dues wait to sign up on the website until after the 15th to prevent double billing. Signing up after the 15th will collect your monthly dues for August. You will not be billed again until September 15th.  We will be removing your information from Billhighway once you sign up on the website. Moving over to this new company allows us to do everything through the website. Electronic newsletters and alerts.

We will be passing out buttons (one and quarter inches) that say OSAS I am a dues paying member. We are asking member to wear them everyday to show our presence.

Dues paying members will be given a dues cards which will allow them to attend meetings and vote.

The website is going to send emails, newsletters and allow dues paying members in the members only tab.

June 27, 2018

Dues paying members will receive a membership card and a button that says "I am a dues paying Member". Please wear it with pride. Ask members without one on "Where is your button". We need to show strength bring negotiations to a benefit all members of OSAS.

June 26, 2018

ALERT:  The vacant Dean of Culture positions for school year 2018-2019 are now posted on the DPSCD website.  If you are interested in filling one of these jobs, please note that the closing date for applications is August 24.   

June 21, 2018

  • Rescheduled Membership Meeting

Due to planned street closings for the "Ford Fireworks in Downtown Detroit", the June 25 OSAS Membership Meeting has been cancelledThe rescheduled meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 27 at 5:00 p.m., at 115 W. WillisFollow this link for a copy of the revised agenda.

NOTE:  Everyone working in OSAS-represented positions is welcome to attend.  Those who are not currently active union members will have the opportunity to sign up to pay union dues at this meeting.

  • Last Day of Work for 2017-2018 School Year

The last day of work for this school year is June 27 for Academic Engagement Administrators and June 29 for Deans of Instruction/Culture.

May 29, 2018

On May 24, the Union, along with Academic Engagement Administrators and Deans of Instruction, met with Superintendent Vitti and his team.  The two aforementioned job classifications will be eliminated from OSAS.  Each employee affected by this change will receive official notification from the District along with a form for invoking his/her transfer rights.   

Members currently working as Academic Engagement Administrators or Deans of Instruction will have several options which include:

  1. All affected members will be able to fill a Dean of Culture position in OSAS.  Members desiring this option should apply on-line and submit the Invocation of Rights (transfer) form to the District.  (This option gives you job security, and does not prevent you from applying for other DPSCD positions.) 
  2. Affected members can also apply for Principal, Assistant Principal, and Master Teacher positions, none of which is represented by OSAS.  
  3. If you are not interested in or are not selected for one of the positions listed in #2 above, you can fill a Dean of Culture position which is represented by OSAS.

All OSAS members, including current Academic Engagement Administrators and Deans of Instruction, will receive a signing bonus when OSAS completes negotiations with DPSCD and ratifies a contract --- no matter what position they are working in when the agreement is reached.


May 10, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

We regret having to inform you that Diann Woodard passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018.  She was the president of AFSA (American Federation of School Administrators), the past president of OSAS, Local 28 (Detroit Organization of School Administrators and Supervisors), and a long-time employee of the Detroit Public Schools.  

Follow this link to a brief recap of Ms. Woodard's life, as posted on the AFSA website. 





Membership / join now


Membership fees paid to OSAS automatically entitle you to membership in the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), our national organization.  Numerous no-cost benefits and discounted services are available to OSAS members through AFSA, which include:

  •  Professional Liability
  •  Legal Action Trust
  •  Accidental Death Insurance
  •  Scholarships for Children of Members
  •  Travel and Recreation Discounts
  •  Wireless Telephone Discount

For details about these and other members-only benefits, please follow the link below:

                                  Member Benefits Available Through AFSA


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