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Jordan and his team prevail in PFT election

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The incumbent Collective Bargaining Team has prevailed in the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' internal leadership election.

With about 70 percent of the vote, CB defeated the Caucus of Working Educators, which defined itself as a "social justice" caucus aiming to expand the union's focus on the issues that affect the District's most disadvantaged students.

With CB's victory, incumbent president Jerry Jordan has won his third straight election. In 2012, he went uncontested. CB has led the union since 1983.

"It's clear that the membership has confidence in what we've been doing, and they want us to continue, which we're grateful for," said Jordan. "It's my goal now to do everything I can to get a contract."

WE's challenge brought the most robust internal leadership battle in decades. Presidential candidate Amy Roat, an ESOL teacher at Feltonville School of Arts & Sciences, said she was disappointed by the outcome, but not disheartened.

"We're ready to stand with all the members of the PFT, and we really just want to fight for a stronger and more engaged union," said Roat, who said WE members would continue their grassroots outreach and advocacy.

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