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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 by click on the tab Join the Union.  Those who were paying through Billhighway are asked to sign up through the Join the Union tab so they have full access to the Member's only tab. Billhighway is no longer collecting union dues from our members. Affinipay notifies us immediately that you have moved to them.

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


July 17, 2019

It was brought to my attention that some of the employees who are in the Union under a job code but not a dues paying Member believe they have the same privileges. Let me clear up what Right to Work means. You may hold a position in a Union without paying dues and you do receive Union representation in a discipline case or in a contract violation. This is all you get. If it is not a contract violation or you have received a Written Warning  and want Union representation there is not need for you to call the Union for anything else.

Grievances can only be filed if there is a contract violation. The contract can be found under the Member Only tab. As Union President I do so much more for Members unrelated to contract violations. I have gotten and will get new wage determinations. I have helped Members with evaluations. I have solved many problems with a Member and their Superior. I have worked with upper management for change of hours. I have assisted in FMLAs, placement changes, location changes, confirming information, assistance in payroll audits, answering all their questions or finding out who can. 

Members have access to the Member Only tab. They can attend meetings, vote and run for office.

I want to inform Members that at contract negotiations I will be asking for new wage determinations. So if you are paying dues and want a new wage determination please send me your resume and a short summary on why you believe you should receive more money. This is only open to Members. The definition of a Member is one who is paying dues.  

My hope is that everyone becomes a Member. I will be releasing the name of employees working under an OSAS job code who are not Members. The list will be located in the Member Only tab. You may have a peer sitting right next to you that is not a Member. As a Member you can assist the Union in explaining how important it is to belong. You can measure your success by watching the home page for updates with new Member's name. 

July 16, 2019

Another dues paying member.  Thank you for your support.

Megan McBain

July 8, 2019

Deans who are Members of the Union please go to the Members Only tab click on Members home to get information about getting a new wage determination during negotiations. When you login you will see 3 bars appear next to Members Only tab. If you hover over the bars we will see the different pages available to you. 

July 3, 2019

OSAS would like to thank the following New Members who logged in to the JOIN THE UNION tab since June 13th to   financial support the Union through paying dues.

Kenneth Plonka - paying since November

Jacqueline Alvarez

Crystal Baskin

Zackery Carr

Angelita Davis

Andre Ebron

Adrian Green

Malon Harris

April Hines-Jenkins

Arnette Jordan

Jorge Martin-Ezestrada

Marlon McDowell

Blake McGhee

Ramond Pilgrim

D'Ante Sharp

Elijah Warren

June 26. 2019

Correction : Last for Deans Is Friday June 28th.

June 17, 2019

Go to Members Only tab to view vacation language. Refer to page 30 of contract for vacation rollover information for this year. 

June 13, 2019

One can be in a Union and than there are Members of the Union. Members belong to the Union through their actions and financial support. Members receive the privileges to attend meetings, vote, run for office, sit on committees and through their dues they are a Member of Metro AFL-CIO and the American Federation of School Administrators.  

OSAS would like to thank the following New Members who logged in to the JOIN THE UNION tab since May 1st to financial support the Union through paying dues.

Adriana Alvarez

Christopher Boyd

Michelle Busby

Zachary Carr

Angela Chandler

Tamekia Cole

Brittany Ealey

Hope Gibson

Nakisha Guyton

Carl Hankins

Toson Knight 

Willie Jenkins

Arnette Jordan 

Jorge Martinez-Estrada

Marlon McDowell

Fatou-Seydi Sarr

Francine Steverson

Deanna Thomas

Yuwana Trice

Jennifer Whitted

If you are in the Union please become a Member so you can have your name added to the list.

May 24, 2019

Billhighway is closing our account. The members who are not paying through the website will be contacted to make the change to the monthly billing.

May 20, 2019

For the 2018-2019 school year, Deans are scheduled to work through Thursday, June 27, 2019. 

May 4, 2019

We are asking all DPSCD employees working in OSAS-represented positions to make a donation of any amount to replenish our legal fund.  Donations are one time. If you donation a second time you will be asked to enter your funding information everytime. No amount is too small. 

OSAS and DPSCD will begin meeting to negotiate a wage reopener for the 2019-2020 academic year -- one that we hope will be meaningful and lucrative. 

Make any contribution now to ensure that we have the capital available to obtain legal counsel, as needed, to achieve our goals!

April 29, 2019 

Dear Members,

Please be aware that DPSCD is trying to offer certain individuals “buy out” packages. These are people of their choosing and has nothing to do with the Union. These packages differ from one person to another. The Union has not been informed of what the severance package is or if it is the same for everyone…which is should be.  We have been made aware of the District’s behavior because members, just like you, have called and shared this information. The Union doesn’t know who the “certain” individuals are. We have requested a list but have not received any information from the District.

This is a violation of our contract. You should not assume the Union is a part of anything the district is doing without checking with us first. If you are approached by someone in the district about this or any other matter, your first question should be: “Is my Union aware of this?” And the second question:  “Did the Union approve?”

Now more than ever it is important that we show solidarity though communication with the Union representatives, and strengthen our ability to protect you through your regular dues payments. Your rights as a member are protected…let’s work to keep it that way! 

Watch the website for further updates.

December 20, 2018

TO:  All DPSCD Administrators

RE:  OSAS Legal Fund

Follow this link to read the union's December 20 appeal!


December 3, 2018

Do you have a family member heading to college for the first time in the fall of 2019?  If so, we urge you to apply today for the competitive 2019 Diann Woodard AFSA Scholarship, which provides $2,500 toward college tuition to children of AFSA members in good standing. 

Applications must be completed and mailed to the AFSA Scholarship Committee in Washington, DC no later than February 28, 2019, so visit the AFSA website soon for detailed scholarship qualifications and the application form -- http://www.afsaadmin.org/scholarship2019/.

Visit Members Only Home tab. Read President's Corner for contract updates







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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