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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 are currently 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. We will close out your account information on Billhighway. 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


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/.

November 29, 2018

12 month members: Remember to plan that in the new contract you have from December 24th through January 4th off as paid vacation days.

November 23, 2018

The Financial Review Committee (FRC) approved the OSAS contract. I will be working with the District to determine the dates of payment of the bonuses and raise. I should know by the November 30th when you should expect bonuses and if they will be in one payment or multiple. Watch members only tab for release dates. Former AEAs will be included and receive last year's agreed upon bonus. 

November 11, 2018

The vote is in. Membership passes the contract with all members voting yes. 

Visit Members' Only tab to view the Tentative Contract. Once you login you should see 3 lines to the right of the Members' Only Tab. Click on each line to view the pages in the tab. 

Thank you for all the new and old members who have become dues paying members. 

November 5, 2018

After extensive and lengthy contract negotiations with DPSCD, your union has reached a Tentative Agreement (T.A.) with the District that will be presented to you for review, discussion and a ratification vote on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the following emergency membership meeting and information sessions (for those whose commitments preclude their attendance at the evening meeting):

      Emergency OSAS Membership Meeting: 5:00 p.m. at Laborers' Local 1191, 2161 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit 48208

      Contract Review Sessions: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., Noon, 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. in OSAS Office, 435 New Center One, Detroit 48202

We urge you to attend the membership meeting or one of the review sessions, but please be reminded that only dues-paying members will be permitted to attend these meetings to receive, discuss and vote on whether to ratify the tentative contract.  Anyone not currently paying union dues who wishes to participate in this process must sign up to pay union dues at or before the November 8 membership meeting Just click on the Join the Union tab above and follow the instructions given to sign up for secure dues payments. 

September 13, 2018

Thank you to the 41 members who have signed up as new dues paying members or moved over from Billhighway in the last 30 days. 

Remember you have more access to information through the website if you sign up on the Join the Union Tab. OSAS will remove you from Billhighway once we received an email from our website that you have enrolled to have your dues collected through the website. 

September 12, 2018

Union is working on our last open issue on contract language. We are submitting a counter this week. We hope to have an agreement quickly. We will have a tentative on all contract language if we can come to an agreement over seniority. The District is presenting their counter to our wage proposal. We expect to receive it by Friday. We are closer than we have ever been. 

As soon as we have a tentative agreement dues paying members will receive notification of a membership meeting to ratify the contract. If you have not signed up for dues yet it is not too late. If you are have difficulties signing up please call Debbie Ake, Union President, at 734-657-1132. We will have Executive Board Members at the next membership meeting to assist members to switch from Billhighway. They will also be available to help any member who is not paying dues to sign up. New members you are welcome to come and sign-up at the meeting if you have not done it already.

We do not charge members back dues. The Union wants all members to have the privileges of a dues paying member to attend meetings, vote on contracts and in elections and receive communications. Everyone will benefit from this new contract. New members will also share in the power of the Union in the new contract. 

All those who attend will receive a dues paying button and a Union membership card.  The Union is in the process of securing a site for a membership meeting. Plan to attend the week of the 24th.  Please watch the website for the day, time and location. You will also receive notification through the U.S. mail. If you are signed up for dues on the website you will receive an email blast. 

September 10, 2018

I have found you are able to change your dues collection date when you sign up to a month after the date you joined. If you do not change your date it will change to the 15th of the month. Your next payment will happen on the following month. Some members who are trying to adjust to monthly payments are paying with a credit card and than setting up bill pay to their credit card every payday to reflect the amount of dues charged monthly to their account. 

 September 9, 2018

If you are in need of SCECHs Michigan Virtual has a great course for FREE for 11 SCECHs. The name of the course is Changing Minds to Address Property in the Classroom .  Paste the link into your browser.


Visit Members Only Home tab. Read President's Corner for another site that offers 100s of SCECHs for free

September 3, 2018

District tried to ignore seniority of 10 members on lay-off and 11 AEAs. The Union was able to make sure all 21 members were placed. Originally they were going to place 14 of them in classrooms. The power of Unions and why they exist. They were given permanent assignments last Thursday and Friday.

New members signing up everyday and old members who now recognize the power of the Union and the need to support OSAS. Thank you to all who support us. Your money is at work paying our attorney to fight for a contract. Contesting position taken from the Union is the next battle. 

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

August 30, 2018 

District was going to ignore the seniority rights of the AEAs that were not picked up as an Assistant Principals and members in temporary positions. It was the intent of the District to place them in a classroom verses a Dean position. The Union had a discussion with the Chief Operational Officer and the Superintendent. Seniority was discussed and an agreement was reached that the displaced administrators would be placed in a Dean's position and they would be paid back to the first day the Deans were to report.

Please switch from Billhighway to the Website to pay dues. Those not in Billhighway can sign up directly through the join the union tab. Once you are paying dues through the website it will give you access to the Members Only section. Once you login you will see 3 bars next to the Members Only tab. Each bar is a tab to a different page. It will soon contain information (the contract when reached and changes to the constitution) that will need to be read and voted on. Remember only dues paying members having voting rights and will receive written communication from the Union.

August 27, 2018

The Union has heard you loud and clear. Do not give up seniority. This is the major delay in contract negotiations. We need you support. Without seniority you are at-will. Our first proposal to the District was March 27, 2017. This has been a long drawn out process. We are at the end but have come to a complete stop over seniority. Encourage your peers and new members to sign up for dues. We need to make sure we have enough money in our account to take this to the end and/or to different avenues. It is more important than ever that we show our strength in numbers. Watch the Web.  

Visit Members Only Home tab. Read President's Corner for update on positions that have been written out of the Union. 

August 18, 2018

Negotiations are scheduled for this coming Wednesday and Friday. Keep checking the website. We are getting close. We will posted as soon as we have reached a tentative contract. Dues paying members who have transferred from Billhighway to the website will be able to view the tentative contract immediately under the member's only tab. If you have not made the transfer you will receive a copy at the membership meeting. All membership meeting will only be open to dues paying members. If you are having difficulty making the transfer or need help signing up for dues please contact the OSAS office or President Debbie Ake. 

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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