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AFSA, Local No. 28, AFL-CIO
2441 W. Grand Blvd., Room 202 A-B
Detroit, Michigan 48208

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

To join the Union click on the tab. Payment transaction sites are accessible through our website for monthly or on payday payments.  

Please call me if you have questions. 734-657-1132 or email me at debbie.ake@gmail.com


It is important to contact the Union if you are in an unsafe environment.

December 17, 2020

Last night Members voted to accept the tentative contract. We had the largest number of Members to attend the meeting. The Union wants to give a special "Thank you" to all our Members who support the Union.

December 16, 2020

Tomorrow at 5 PM we will have a general membership meeting. You will receive an invitation to a GoToMeeting. Only dues Members will receive the link. We will review the contract. You will be sent a copy of the contract with a link to vote to accept or not. Once the meeting is over you will have 30 minutes to cast your vote. This is a rushed meeting because if our Membership accepts the contract there is a Board of Education Meeting on Friday. The Contract would be sent to the Board for approval. 

Those who do not pay dues do not have voting rights. It is never too late to become a dues Member. You have until the meeting begins. 

I am missing over 30 email addresses because either the person never registered or entered in a detroitk12.org email. The Union cannot use a school email. Please check with our peers to make sure they received an email tonight. If not, please have them email me. debbie.ake@gmail.com 

December 15, 2020

We have a tentative agreement. The Membership meeting will be Thursday at 6 pm. We are rushing to make Friday’s Board of Education meeting. Remember you must be a dues paying member to vote. It is not to late to join. I will be sending dues members a link.

December 10, 2020

Dues paying Members be prepared to receive an email to a virtual meeting to vote on a new contract. We are very close. Go to the Member's Only tab under contract to gain further information.

November 9, 2020

Remember to check if you can login to Members Only tab. If you are having problems please email me. I am going to have a GotoMeeting to walk-through on how to set-up account access. Remember you must be a dues-paying Member to access the Members Only tab.

The current contract is under the Member's only tab.

October 30, 2020

Negotiations begin November 11, 2020.  Dues payers make sure you can get into Members Only.  All negotiation information will be found there. Remember only dues paying Members have voting rights. 

September 11, 2020

Thank you to the organizing committee. I will be sending out the list of staff in OSAS positions who have not become Members through paying dues. I appreciate your willingness to reach out to staff to become new Members.

It is important that everyone who is a Member to make sure to test the tab Members Only. The links for meetings and negotiation information will be placed under that tab. Those who are not Members yet do not have certain rights. Two of the rights of being a Member is to be able to attend meetings and vote on the new 3 year contract. 

The Member Only tab is so important because we will be sending out emails and newsletter through this email base once we are certain dues paying Members are able to access the tab. 

September 10, 2020

Please click on the link below to read the Letter of Agreement (LOA) that OSAS signed. The hazard bonus for Members who are face to face with students has been increased from $600 to $750 per semester. The total bonus is $3,000. OSAS has requested additional meetings to discuss Central Office Members who have returned to their worksite. 

OSAS___Reopening of Schools LOA.pdf

September 7, 2020

I emailed out the link to the meeting from September 4th. Please make sure to contact me if you have any safety issue. 

September 3, 2020

I sent out an email with the link for our meeting for tomorrow at 6 PM. We reached a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with the District. The entire meeting will be the review of the LOA. There will be a few housekeeping items at the end of the meeting. One is gaining access to the Members' Only tab. The second item is navigating Monthly and Pay on Payday to make any changes to your account. 

September 2, 2020

I have sent out a test email to all the email addresses I have. If you did not receive it you need to email me your correct email. Remember you cannot use a DPSCD email.

OSAS had a negotiation session today. We have submitted a counter proposal to the District. We will be meeting again tomorrow. We will have a Membership meeting Friday at 6 PM. I will post the agenda Thursday night. 

Thank you the members who made a donation to our Legal fund and to all staff members who signed up to become a member by paying dues. 

September 1, 2020

The District has asked to schedule 2 meetings with the Union. We will be meeting on Wednesday and Thursday. This will move the update meeting with the Membership to Friday at 6 PM. 

I discovered that some of the emails were sent to a DPSCD email addresses. The email address was entered by the Member. Check your account and make sure you did not enter a DPSCD email. If you received a link to a school email you have been taken off the list. You will need to change your email address. Please email me your personal email if you find you had entered a DPSCD email new the email replacement.

August 31, 2020

Check your emails. I have sent a link to Friday's meeting. You can watch it again or if you missed the meeting.

The one-time donation is found under the Legal tab. Any amount is appreciated. We are trying to cover monies spent on the current issues for our new 3 year contract negotiations. The tab will take donations whether you are paying dues or not. 

I will send information to those on the organization committee so you may contact non-paying staff. If you would like to be on the committee or receive information for your department please email me. We appreciate any Member who is willing to invite staff into (Organization of School Administrators and Supervisors) OSAS to become a Member. 

August 28,2020

Meeting Agenda

  1. Dean’s locations – permanent or temporary assignment
  2. Dean’s role and responsibilities
  3. Bonuses
  4. Unlimited Sick Bank
  5. PPE
  6. Governor’s Order 160 – District’s response
  7. On-Site, Blended Schedule, Remote work
  8. Security
  9. Individual working conditions and health concerns
  10. Different FMLA types – paperwork on Hub
  11. ADA accommodations
  12. Off days for Deans
  13. Next Scheduled Meeting with District – September 2nd

August 27, 2020

I set up a GotoMeeting. I will email you the link. It does not look like you have to do anything but to click on the link. Meeting is scheduled for Friday at 6PM. This is a new site for me. I will apologize in advance for an technology problems. If you do not receive an invitation it is because I do not have your personal email account. I cannot send Union business to a DPSCD email. Please remember to not use DSPCD equipment or Wi-Fi for Union business. 

August 26, 2020

The forms to file for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) can be found on the hub. The medical office refers that you fax the forms to 313-748-6119. If you chose to email instead the email address is dps.ehs@detroitk12.org.

We are going to use GotoMeeting for conference calls. Please download the software. 

We are aware of the latest news given to the Deans. We will be addressing this with the District on Thursday at our demand to bargain session.

August 24, 2020

Information that covers quarantine and childcare

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

Generally, the Act provides that employees of covered employers are eligible for:

  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or to care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor; and
  • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.

Tonight is a Zoom Meeting at 7 PM. If you did not receive an invitation link please email me (debbie.ake@gmail.com). The meeting will be focused on the return to work in person. The Zoom is free but the meeting has a 45 minute timeline. Please open chat and type in any questions. I will response to as many questions as possible during the meeting. I will email the group with answers to any questions in chat that I was unable to get to. Please note that I have not done a large meeting before. If we have any unseen technology problems I will schedule another meeting for Tuesday.  

The Union has only heard from 3 Members about their work location. I spoke with the District Negotiation Team today. They were unaware of any Dean being moved from a school. If you have been told that your position at your school is not funded you should still report there until you receive an formal notice of placement change from the District. 

August 22, 2020

Monday, August 24th is the first day for Deans. You need to reach out to your Principal to find out your report time or are you still going to work remote until school starts.

Please watch the website. I will be meeting with the District on Thursday with our Union attorney. Posting on the Web is going to be the fastest way for me to reach Members. 

Please remember to email me your safety and health concerns so they can be discussed at the bargaining session.

August 21, 2020

I am collecting information on health and safety for our demand to bargain meeting with the District. I am asking for assistance from one Member from each department to collect information for their department. The Union needs to know if any Members in your department have issues or concerns. If you are currently remote or on a mix of F2F schedule and remote or on-site everyday. If you are on any form of remote I need to know what it would take to return F2F.  

Please email me at debbie.ake@gmail.com or text/call 734-657-1132.

Watch for link on Monday for Zoom meeting after 5PM. 

August 20, 2020

Contacted by the District for bargaining session. Scheduling now with our Attorney. 

August 19, 2020

I received no communication from the District on the plan Dr. Vitti presented. OSAS filed a demand to bargain with the District over the health and safety of our members.

August 12, 2020

I am back. I apologize to anyone who was trying to reach me. I traveled to the Upper Peninsula and did not realize I was going to be out of a cell service area. I am returning calls now. If I don't reach you please call, text or email me. 

Debbie Ake

July 30, 2020

Here are the instructions for pay on payday if you want your dues taken the week of payday.

Click on the tab pay on payday. Third tab from the left.

There is a chart with pay levels. Identify the level and click on the subscribe button of your level.

It will take you to the next page. If you are paying by credit card or debit card click subscribe on the left side. If you are paying through PayPal then click it.

If you are paying by debit or credit card the next page will say PayPal guest checkout. Just fill out the form. At the bottom, they will ask if you want a PayPal account. Make sure to unclick unless you really want one.

Email me when you are done. I will refund the payment.

July 28, 2020

The pay on payday collection dates were affected by the 3 week gap between bi-weekly paydays. We can suspend your current account if you want to create a new account to have your dues collected the week of payday. We will refund your dues for the initial collection of your new account. Just email me and let me know you are creating a new account so I can suspend and refund. debbie.ake@gmail,com.

One Time for first time or restart OSAS staff who are not a Member. Sign up this week and we will refund your first payment.

July 2, 2020

If you are a Dean or a 10 month member who is on a 26 week pay schedule please click on the link below and read the information.

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July 1, 2020

2020 2021 school payday calendar.pdf

June 19, 2020

Deans are not required to test for the rest of this school year unless they are working beyond June 30th. A communication is being sent to your Principals by the District. All staff will be required to test within a 2 week period before they return in the Fall.

The Union sent out a Retirement Bonus survey. If you did not receive one and are considering retirement contact me as soon as you read this debbie.ake@gmail.com or 734-657-1132.

June 8, 2020

Dean's last day is June 26th.

Meeting tomorrow with Dr. Vitti and Union Coalition to discuss re-opening plan.

We will soon be entering into negotiations for a new 3 yr contract. The Union will be sending out a survey to see how many Members would be interested in a retirement bonus. 

June 3, 2020

I have a meeting on Friday, June 5th, afternoon with the District on a re-opening plan. Please check the website to view the outcome of the meeting. 

May 4, 2020

Please read the Letters of Agreement signed with the District

OSAS Work Continuity Plan LOA - Signed.pdf

OSAS Spring Break Good Friday Compensatory Time LOA - Signed.pdf

April 21, 2020

Message from OSAS President

All OSAS staff will be required to work remotely from home. I have been in telecom meetings with the District.  I have another telecom meeting tomorrow. We are trying to come to a Letter of Agreement that covers the school closures. We are in a discussion on what requirements are and if any on-site work will be required and personal safety.  You will continued to be paid. If you are unable to work remotely you do have the option of a FMLA. Central Office are able to apply for use of their vacation time.  Remember as of now you can only roll-over 12 days. I am in discussions with the District to increase number of roll-over days or the extending the deadline beyond June30th. More details will be shared once we have reached an agreement.  Please contact me by email debbie.ake@gmail.com or by phone 734-657-1132 if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns. 

April 5, 2020

Message from OSAS President

No contract could have anticipated the situation we are in. It is important we all stay safe. It is also important that you contact your Union if you are uncomfortable with anything the District is asking of you. I need everyone to log what was assigned or asked of you whether it was positive or negative. Your data may be needed for challenges, grievances and contract language.

The Union would like to thank all of the dues paying Members that support us financially. I need to request the support of staff in OSAS positions who have not become a Member.  Our legal funds are stressed because of the additional costs we are incurring. Our strength will disappear if our legal fund does not have deep enough pockets 

Members have the use of the Union on all matters whether it is a contract violation or not. It is a privilege that is not given to a someone who is in an OSAS position but has not become a dues paying Member.  Because you pay dues the Union pays your dues to the Metro AFL-CIO and American Federation of School Administrators. Please click on How to Join tab to find the application form for benefits. This benefit is only available to dues paying Members. Please download and fill-out. You may fax or mail to our National. The information is on the application form. This benefits are active as long as you are an active Member. There is not additional cost for this benefit. Please email the Union when you have submitted the form. We need to track and assure we are paying dues attached to your name. 

March 15, 2020

Message from OSAS President

I had an hour long conference call with our National Organization the American Federation of School Administrators. The call included Union Presidents throughout the country. We discussed Union contract language and what some Districts have dealt with and are dealing with. 

I have heard from several of our members and have been contacting the District for clarification. You must complete a work schedule and get it approved if you want to work a portion of the week or the whole week at home. 

Please if you have not become a dues paying member please jump to the dues tab and sign up. Our legal fees are becoming bigger every day. This was not planned in our budget. One of the intentions of "Right to Work" was to financial weaken labor unions.  

Contract Language at your fingertips. The entire contract is under the Member's Only tab.


When necessary for unit members to work extended hours, managers may authorize a flexible adjustment in work hours.  Managers will exercise their best efforts, subject to the requirements of efficient operations, to maintain a reasonable work schedule.


In recognition of the commitment by both the School District of the City of Detroit and OSAS to the principle of total involvement in seeking solutions to educational problems, it is acknowledged by both parties that the District retains the right to transfer unit members covered by this Agreement from one position to another.

The following procedures will be followed when administrators are transferred. 

  • In the case of individual transfers: Unit members being transferred shall be notified in writing at least five (5) calendar days before the date the contemplated transfer is to become effective.
  • The notice shall set forth the expected date of transfer and the new work location. 
  • OSAS shall be furnished with a copy of the notification at the same time. The parties recognize that emergency situations may arise in which the five (5) calendar day notice period is not feasible.
  • Transfers may not be undertaken for arbitrary reasons and employees transferred under this provision will not suffer a diminution of compensation as a direct result of the transfer.


Personal Business Leave Days: All bargaining unit members may use up to five (5) days per year from their personal illness bank to be absent with pay for the purpose of conducting personal business.    


Employees shall accrue twelve (12) sick leave day per year; five (5) of which may be used for personal business/emergency.  Accrued sick days accumulate year to year.  

  1. After five consecutive workdays of sick leave, an employee must furnish a statement from his/her physician on a form provided by the District, in order to secure his/her next paycheck.

March 16, 2020

Message from OSAS President

I met with the District this morning. This is part of the discussion:

Whether you work at home or at your work location depends on what your Supervisor is determining necessary.

If your Supervisor determines you can work from home for a portion or the entire shutdown a plan of work must be submitted.

An OSAS member should contact their Union if they feel their Supervisor's decision does not consider all factors or if their safety or health is being jeopardized.

If you decide to self-quarantine you must use your sick days.  

If you become ill or have the virus you must use your sick days.

I am waiting on a confirmation on an email summary I sent the District after the meeting that contains more detail than the above. As soon as I receive the confirmation I will send out an email blast. 

Please contact me if you are having any individual difficulties. This is one of the benefits that belong to dues-paying members. Show your support if you are not paying dues by signing up. This is something no one has dealt with before. We need financial support so we can stay in constant contact with our attorney. Things are changing every day in Lansing. He is aware of proposals and pending bills in Lansing and Washington D.C.. His knowledge keeps us one step ahead. 

March 15, 2020

Message from OSAS President: 

I will be meeting with the District tomorrow at 10 AM to negotiate Member's safety. Dues-paying members should have received a detail email with information and a request for your input. If you did not receive it make sure I have your personal email account. I cannot use a District email for Union Information. Thank you, dues members for making it possible for the Union to hire an attorney to assist us. Watch your email for an up-date after the meeting. 

March 13, 2020 Up-Date

OSAS has made a demand to bargain. We will meet with the District on Monday. Please email me with individual or department concerns. debbie.ake@gmail.com

March 13, 2020

OSAS has asked for clarity on Central Office reporting.   We will update as soon as we have an answer on exactly what this looks like. OSAS will consult with our attorney 

 Please watch for updates .

Dues paying members make sure I have your personal email account. I will be sending out email blasts. You can email me from your email account to debbie.ake@gmail.com. 



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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