By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — New leadership, or “stay the course?” The votes are in for the leadership of one of Philadelphia’s most influential unions.

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With more than two-thirds of the vote, longtime Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan was reelected to a new four-year term.

“Our first goal is to get a contract for the members of the PFT. We’ve been working without a contract for much too long,” said Jordan.

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More than two years, to be exact. Jordan’s team defeated a slate of upstart candidates from the Caucus of Working Educators, who claimed the union had lost touch with its membership. Larissa Pahomov is caucus co-chair.

“We are a full-time caucus. We aren’t going away after this election. And so, we’re looking to help the rank and file build union strength at the union level,” said Pahomov.

Pahomov says the PFT has been a one-horse town for too long, and their challenge has made the union stronger.

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