By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The union representing Philadelphia’s public school teachers is asking the state Supreme Court to toss out the school district’s petition to change seniority rules.READ MORE: First Confirmed Case Of COVID-19 Omicron Variant Reported In Philadelphia
The school district last week asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to affirm its right to sidestep seniority rules (see related story).
Now, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has filed a response, saying the district chose to negotiate four teacher contracts over the last 13 years rather than using its power under Act 46 — the state takeover law — to impose terms.READ MORE: 21-Year-Old Eddie Rodriguez Killed In Road Rage Shooting On Roosevelt Boulevard, Police Say
The union says the district is asking for relief from agreements that it negotiated — and that any disputes should go through the standard labor grievance process.
In a statement, union president Jerry Jordan asked the high court to dismiss the district’s petition with “deliberate speed.”MORE NEWS: David Savage Charged After Killing Girlfriend, Opening Fire On Officers At SEPTA Terminal In Upper Darby: DA