About Us

The Organization of School Administrators and Supervisors (OSAS) of the Detroit Public School Community District is the sole collective bargaining agent for administrators and supervisors.  

OSAS purpose is to improve education by strengthening the leadership  role and raising the status of school administrators and supervisors. OSAS reviews present policies and procedures with the superintendent of schools and has a strong and clear voice in the establishment of new policies and procedures affecting administrators and supervisors. We represent administrators and supervisors in matters pertaining to salary and working conditions.

OSAS fosters improved communications and working relationships between individuals represented by OSAS and the Board of Education, the Superintendent, other boards of education employee groups, representative citizens' groups and the public at large.

OSAS: Then and Now

The founding of the Detroit chapter of OSAS dates back over a half century to 1966. Our union was originally organized because administrators were not being involved in the planning of programs which they were being asked to implement and expedite. 

When administrators realized that they were faced with common problems, it became clear that the best way to improve their lot was to band together. OSAS has been an active union from the beginning. 

We have taken that one step to be a proactive union, as our chronology will demonstrate.

Important Dates in History

November 15, 2002
OSAS wins major legal victory: Arbitrator orders school district to re-employ 272 demoted curriculum workers 

January 18, 2001
Historic five-year labor agreement is reached with Detroit Public Schools

January 19, 1992
Coalition of Management, Labor and Legislators is organized  

August 11, 1982
Coalition of Unions (13 DPS Unions) is organized    

May 13, 1981
Michigan State Council of AFSA Locals affiliates with Michigan State AFL-CIO  

December 18, 1979
Michigan State Council of AFSA Locals founded  

November 3, 1967
The first OSAS-Board contract is negotiated and expired June 30,1968  

January 25, 1967
The first "interim" agreement between OSAS and DPS is signed and OSAS is recognized as the sole bargaining agent for administrators and supervisors  

October 5, 1966
OSAS is founded  

September 15, 1966
Leaders of School Administrators Council (SAC) and Detroit Federation of Administrators and Supervisors (DFAS) meet at Burroughs Junior High School and lay the foundation for compromises which led to the formation of OSAS

OSAS Constitution

OSAS Bylaws

Our union is an affiliate of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the exclusive national labor union for school administrators, professionals, and supervisors speaking out for excellence and equity in all of our schools, workplaces and communities.

AFSA members are leaders in their schools and communities and are charged with the privilege and responsibility of helping to mold our nation’s students into successful, mindful individuals.

As school leaders, AFSA members are constantly advocating for better public schools and systems of education. In regard to education reform, AFSA members support reforms that put students first and include school administrators in the discussion and implementation.

As a union affiliated with the AFL-CIO, AFSA members recognize the importance of collective bargaining rights and their right to organize. AFSA members are active in the labor movement and proudly stand in solidarity with all trade unionists and school administrators.