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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

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.


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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