Produced by the Detroit Public Schools
Joint Adjustment Committee
for Laid-off Employees and their Families
Detroit Public Schools -- JAC Mission:
“Successful, speedy transition of every effected DPS employee to an appropriate, productive position in the
workforce or, as desired, transition to retirement or part-time work status.” 3rd Edition
Human Resources as well as the other members of the committee are still receiving calls from individuals asking
when they will be recalled to their position or another position. As of the writing of this newsletter, the District is
actively planning on closing additional schools at the conclusion of this school year. Unfortunately, as a result it is
anticipated there will be another round of layoffs.
As a result, the Joint Adjustment Committee strongly encourages you to apply for positions outside of DPS as well.
You can locate resources on the Joint Adjustment Committee website that will assist you in identifying employ-
ment opportunities and job fairs.
Peer to Peer Program Ends
As with many things in life, the JAC Peer to Peer Pro- Free Email Accounts
gram has come to an end and the Committee wishes to Did you know that many employers require a valid
express their gratitude and thanks to Elnatha Gary, email address when completing their online applica-
Brenda King-Freeman and Barbara Slocum for making tions. If you do not already have an email account you
the Peer to Peer Program a success. Individuals who are may wish to establish one through one of many free
currently laid off from DPS may continue to visit the services, such as: Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail.
JAC website or call Human Resources for information
DPS Rolls Out Online Applications Job fairs are used by employers to see many individuals
Effective in October, 2009 DPS started requiring all in a short timeframe that may be excellent candidates for
applicants to apply through the online application sys- their open positions. Companies that attend these events
tem which has been an option since April, 2009. do not always advertise all of their employment opportu-
nities at these events. In addition, the company represen-
This change enhances the applicants experience by tatives may be aware of upcoming opportunities that you
allowing them to complete the application at a time may be well suited for. For these reasons, it is to your
that is convenient to them and eliminates the entry of benefit to attend job fairs and speak with as many em-
redundant information and emails applicants period ployer representative as possible during the event. In
updates as their application status changes. In addition some cases, they may even recommend another opportu-
applicants can log-in to see their application history nity elsewhere or refer your resume to an associate in
and current application status for all positions they another company based on your interaction with them.
have applied for using the online application system.
Free Services and Training
Many individuals are unaware of the free training and services available through a Michigan Works! location or their
local library. Individuals can use computers to search for jobs, research potential employers, create their resume and
access web based email accounts. Assistance is available to answer questions and provide some general guidance.
Some locations offer basic computer skills classes as well.
Have You Refused an Offer of Employment?
Did you know that if you refuse an offer of comparable employment while receiving Unemployment Benefits you may jeopardize
your eligibility to receive further benefits and potentially have to pay back any disbursements you have received?
According to the law “an unemployed worker for unemployment benefits refuses an offer of suitable work, without good cause, the
unemployed worker must be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits. The unemployed worker’s unemployment benefits
will be reduced by up to thirteen weeks.” If this occurs then the worker would need to requalify for benefits according to the Unem-
ployment Agency’s qualification requirements.
The Unemployment Agency has defined suitable as an offer that pays at least 70% of what the worker was making in their last posi-
tion. Other factors the Unemployment Agency will use to determine if the offer was suitable include: length of employment, train-
ing, experience, distance from the worker’s home (compared to the location of the position they were released from) and finally if
the offered position is involved in an active labor dispute or pays less than the usual wage in the area.
For further information, please contact the Michigan Unemployment Agency.
School Denial Period
Submitted by Michigan Works!
What the law says: This issue is covered by Section 27(i) of the Michigan Employment Security Act. The law says that
if an unemployed worker for unemployment benefits had worked in any job for a school, then benefits will not be pay-
able based on work for the school during a school holiday or recess period, or a period between school years, if the
worker has reasonable assurance from a school of a similar job following the period of unemployment.
This applies to one who works for a school district, a community college district, a college or university, a school run by
the state, a charter school, and to a school that is a non-profit organization. It also applies to a person who works for an
"educational service agency" such as an intermediate school district. It applies as well to school crossing guards. It does
not apply to a person who works for a private school.
Unemployment benefits must be denied to such a worker during a school vacation period or during a period between
school years or terms if the person has reasonable assurance from a school of returning to a similar job following the de-
If a school worker (other than a teacher, researcher, or administrator) is given reasonable assurance of a similar job for the
next school year or term, and then is not actually offered the work when school resumes, the worker can receive back
benefits if the worker originally filed a claim and reported regularly to UIA during the period between terms.
A school worker may be able to receive unemployment benefits during a denial period if there is another, non-school em-
ployer in the worker's recent work history (that is, in the 52-week period before the worker files a new claim for benefits).
Examples: If a school teacher worked in the summer of 1989 as a construction worker and then returns to school, the
teacher could be entitled to unemployment benefits during the summer denial period in 1990 based on the construction
work, even though benefits would
be denied based on the school teaching job.
If a school janitor is assured of work in the fall and then the job does not materialize, he or she could receive back unem-
ployment benefits for the whole summer, if he or she filed a claim with UIA at the beginning of the summer and continued
to file for benefits, as required by the Agency.
If the start of the school year in the fall is delayed by a labor dispute, the denial period ends when the school year was
scheduled to have resumed (although benefits would probably be denied thereafter due to the labor dispute).
If the school gave reasonable assurance, but the assurance was given at a time when a worker's rehire depended on the result of a mil-
lage election, the assurance could be regarded as not reasonable, and benefits could be payable during the school recess period, depend-
ing on how likely it is that the millage will pass.
Upcoming Job Fairs and Events
ACCESS Spring 2010 Job Fair, March 17, 2010, 9 am to 1 pm, 6451 Schaefer Street, Dearborn, MI 48126,
Michigan Collegiate Job Fair, March 19, 2010, 9 am to 3 pm, Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft Road,
Livonia, MI 48150
Ability is Ageless Job and Career Fair, March 24, 2010, 9 am to 3 pm, 16400 J.L. Hudson Dr., Plaza Hotel &
Conf. Center, Southfield, MI 48075, (313) 832-0922
Samba Express Driver Training and Testing, April 10, 2010, 9 am to 2 pm, 32091 Hollingworth Ave, War-
ren, MI 48092, (586) 274-9552
SAE International Engineering Career Fair, April 13 & 14, 2010, 10 am to 6 pm, Cobo Conference Center,
One Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Helping to Put Metro Detroit Back to Work, April 14, 2010, 9 am to 3 pm, Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft
Rd, South Service Drive (between Inkster adn Middlebelt on I-96), Livonia, MI 48150
Macomb Community College Spring 2010 Job Fair, May 4, 2010, 4 pm to 7 pm, 14500 E 12 Mile Rd, Sports
& Expo Center, Warren, MI 48088, (586) 445-7321
Empowering Michigan Career Expo, May 7, 2010, 9 am to 3 pm, Doubletree Hotel (Dearborn/Detroit), 5801
Southfield Fwy, Detroit, MI 48228
Diversity/Professional Job Fair, May 13, 2010, 10 am to 3 pm, Hilton Garden Inn Detroit-Southfield, 26000
American Dr, Southfield, MI 48034
Helping to Put Metro Detroit Back to Work, June 16, 2010, 9 am to 1:30 pm, Ridler Field House, Lawrence
Tech University, 21000 West 10 Mile Rd (entrance just west of Northwestern Hwy), Southfield, MI 48075
Empowering Michigan Career Expo, July 30, 2010, 9 am to 3 pm, Doubletree Hotel (Dearborn/Detroit), 5801
Southfield Fwy, Detroit, MI 48228
Detroit's Hire Commitment 2010, August 25, 2010, 9 am to 1:30 pm, MotorCity Casino, 2901 Grand River
Ave, Grand Ballroom, Detroit, MI 48201
Diversity/Professional Job Fair, September 16, 2010, 10 am to 3 pm, Hilton Garden Inn Detroit-Southfield,
26000 American Dr, Southfield, MI 48034
Job Fairs published with the State of Michigan
Updating Contact Information
As a former employee of Detroit Public Schools, it is important that you keep DPS aware of your current contact information. This
information is used to notify individuals of potential recall and to send your W2 at the end of the year. In addition, this information
is also utilized by the Joint Adjustment Committee’s Peer to Peer Group to contact individuals periodically to assist individuals by
directing them to any support services they may require.
Please complete the following form if you have a change of address or phone number and forward to Human Resources so that DPS
may update your file. Send corrections to:
Detroit Public Schools, Human Resources -- JAC, 7430 Second Ave, 4th Floor, Detroit, MI 48202
Updated Contact Information
Printed Name: __________________________________________________________________________________
Street Address: _________________________________________________________________________________
City: _________________________________________ State: _____________ Zip Code: ____________________
Home Phone: (______) _________________ Cell Phone: (______) _________________
Email Address: __________________________________________________________________________________
Signature: _____________________________________________________ Date: ________________________
Joint Adjustment Committee Members
William J. Schroer, Neutral Chair
Lloyd Conway, Workforce Consultant, Michigan Dept of Labor and Economic Growth
Ralph Rayner, Director, Samaritan Center, One Stop Shop, Michigan Works!
Keith R. Johnson, President, Detroit Federation of Teachers
Gwendolyn Gohagen, President, OSAS
Ruby J. Newbold, President, Detroit Association of Educational Office Employees, AFT Local 4168,
Coalition of Unions President
E’Lois Moore,Vice President of Detroit Association of Educational Office Employees
Dan Ringo, IUOE Local #324
William Bogle, Jr., Recruitment and Employment Services Human Resources Administrator, DPS
Gordon Anderson, Assistant Director for Labor Relations, DPS
Ines de Jesus, Associate Superintendent – Human Resources, DPS
Articles and Layout by Bill Bogle, Jr.
Detroit Public Schools
Joint Adjustment Committee
4th Floor Albert Kahn Building
7430 2nd Ave
Detroit MI 48202