Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
Philadelphia public school teachers have been working without a contract since the start of the school year.
Seniority has been a major issue in the ongoing negotiations between the school district and its teachers’ union.
Mayor Nutter is mounting a decidedly low-budget rebuttal to the teacher union’s ad campaign which slams him.
Teachers say while the contract is a concern, the bigger concern is how understaffed schools could be after thousands of teachers, counselors and other staff were laid off earlier this year.
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan says some steps have been taken in the right direction, but not enough to get a deal done.
Teachers marching in the Labor Day Parade on Monday said they’re willing to bend but not break.
The midnight deadline came and went Saturday, but there was no new contract between the Philadelphia School District and its teachers union.
Concerned that schools will open September 9th without adequate staffing, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan is ready to budge at the bargaining table.
The ads have saturated the airwaves recently. They show a Philadelphia mother saying, “Mayor Nutter has stood with Governor Corbett as he gutted funding for Philadelphia’s public schools.”
The Philadelphia teachers’ union is mulling its legal options now that the School Reform Commisson has taken the unprecedented step of overriding the union’s contractual seniority protections.
State budget secretary Charles Zogby, in a statement, said concessions from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers must be negotiated before that cash is released.
House Republicans have said “no” to a $2-per-pack cigarette tax in the city, but Nutter isn’t ready to throw in the towel on that proposal.
Despite the deficit, a spokesman for the majority leader of the GOP-controlled House — says unless the city increases its funding and the teachers’ union is willing to accept concessions, it is unlikely the House will be more interested in O’Brien’s bill this time around.
Mayor Nutter says “shared sacrifice” is required to restore the $300 million in cuts recently made in the school district’s budget. But the teachers union says its members have sacrificed enough.
State Senator Mike Stack says the bill could help free up a total of $400 million in combined delinquent property, business and wage, but even if it passes, it could take a while before the schools feel relief.