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COMMISSION ORGANIZED TO ASSIST IN SETTLEMENT OF DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS NEGOTIATIONS

 COMMISSION ORGANIZED TO ASSIST IN SETTLEMENT OF
 DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS NEGOTIATIONS
 DETROIT, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released by the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce:
 The Detroit Board of Education and the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) have been engaged in contract negotiations for three months. More than 60 issues remain to be settled.
 Patterns of the past are being shed as the 21st century approaches. Both the union and the board are attempting to forge a contract with an eye on destiny and the most secure foundation for a school system ready for that future and preparing children who will lead us through this next century.
 The successful conclusion of bargaining must serve and be tested by two standards:
 1. The children's interests -- today and in the future.
 2. Common interests -- labor and management's common good and competitiveness in the local, national, global economy and marketplace -- today and in the future.
 When a contract passes the demanding and thoughtful tests of "children's interests" and "common interests," the outcome can be declared a success. An advantage for today should not be given more emphasis than an advantage for the future.
 With less than two weeks until the scheduled opening of schools, it is imperative that resolutions be sought -- swiftly, yet thoughtfully. The outcome must improve the quality of education, and provide balance and equity between the parties.
 To that end a commission -- "The First Commission" -- has been formed to serve and provide counsel to the current bargaining process. It is not intended to be a part of formal bargaining nor to be an arbitrator or mediator. The First Commission is available to assist in a common interest settlement for everyone involved in the process. It will link up with a New Detroit, Inc. committee and the various Detroit pastors.
 The First Commission's platform is "fiscal integrity and children first."
 Because community, business, labor, religious and civic leaders are directly affected by the settlement and the Board of Education desires informed, positive, community influence in the deliberations, membership on The First Commission includes prominent leaders from the above sectors.
 Their mission is twofold:
 To show the community that the board and union are not working in isolation; and to speak for the important third party of negotiations -- the citizens of Detroit.
 Forming an outside, third party, citizen panel during this negotiation serves three purposes. The commission's presence will:
 1. Assure the public that any settlement regarding fiscal status is accurate and within the bounds of fiscal integrity.
 2. Give fair review to financial demands of the union and assure the DFT that proposals are at optimum levels the board can offer without jeopardizing the education of Detroit's children.
 3. Recommend resolutions on these and other issues where the board and DFT might not find common ground.
 The members of The First Commission are:
 -- Co-chairs: Horace Sheffield, executive director, Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO), and the Hon. Geraldine Bledsoe Ford, judge, Recorder's Court;
 -- Geneva Williams, president and CEO, United Community Service;
 -- the Rev. Malcolm Carron, S.J., past president, University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy;
 -- Gerald Smith, executive director, Kellogg Foundation, Detroit Office;
 -- Marc Stepp, executive director, Institute for Community & Urban Affairs, University of Detroit - Mercy;
 -- Michael Glusac, director, Chrysler - Governmental Affairs;
 -- Marilyn Lundy, president, League of Catholic Women;
 -- Walter Douglas, president, Avis Ford;
 -- Greg Ulferts, dean, college of business, University of Detroit - Mercy;
 -- Richard Gabrys, past chairman, Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce and managing partner, Deloitte & Touche;
 -- Allen C. Young, CPA, president, Booker T. Washington Business Association;
 -- James Slappy, pastor, Calvary Church of God;
 -- Paul Hubbard, president, New Detroit, Inc.;
 -- N. Charles Anderson, president, Detroit Urban League;
 -- E. Daniel Grady, community affairs consultant, St. John Hospital;
 -- Tom Turner, secretary-treasurer, Michigan AFL-CIO; and
 -- the Rev. Sampson Matthews, president, Baptist Pastors Council.
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 /CONTACT: Horace Sheffield, 313-491-0003, or Judge Geraldine Bledsoe Ford, 313-224-2461, both of The First Commission/ CO: The First Commission ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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