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Countdown, Day 8: Push is on for an agreement in teacher talks

by Paul Socolar on Sep 01 2013 Posted in Countdown to calamity?

Talks are continuing between District negotiators and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers on the eve of Labor Day observances and a mass union membership meeting. Both parties released similar statements saying they plan to keep talking until they reach an agreement.

The teachers' contract expired Saturday. Teachers are expected to report to work on Tuesday.

Sunday evening, a District spokesperson emailed, "The talks are ongoing. It is our intention to continue to meet until we have an agreement."

From the union came this message: "Teachers and staff will continue to work under the terms of the current contract. The plan right now is to talk until a new agreement is reached."

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Comments (92)

Submitted by Juan (not verified) on Sun, 09/01/2013 - 23:34.

Kind of a useless and uninformative paragraph...I mean, article.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 07:12.

Actually, it's very telling. We are obviously looking at a contract extension. The only question is whether the district will bite. They are under enormous pressure with the tax extension and one time grant to make reforms.

It's all up to how the district reacts now and whether they have the guys to enforce salary changes.

Submitted by Ron Whitehorne on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 08:22.

There will be no formal but contract extension but as long as the union continues to bargain the District cannot impose wage and benefit cuts and the terms of the existing contract will remain in place.   PFT members would be in a position similar to District 33 and 47.   ACT 46 does not grant the District legal authority to unilaterally impose terms in relation to these issues.

 

Submitted by Teachin' (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:06.

So, conceiveably, they could keep this up for a year? What happens if the district breaks off negotiations?

Submitted by Ron Whitehorne on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:31.

The District would have to declare an impasse.   To do so they would have to show no movement by the PFT.   The PFT offer to restructure health care  to realize savings and a one year wage freeze effectively prohibits the District from taking this step.  

While the District certainly wants concessions around seniority and a range of other "non-economic" issues, it's priority is concessions that will save money.   Given, it's precarious financial situation it is hard to imagine it this situation continuing all year.   But, it seems to me, the fact they are continuing negotiations for the moment, is because of the successful manuever by the PFT.

This gives the union the opportunity to further solidify its ranks and develop its capacity for action.   Some are calling for immediate strike action.   While I understand and identify with their anger and respect their readiness to fight back, a strike now would trigger the punitive measures in ACT 46.   Moreover, effective strike action, particularly under these circumstances, require a much higher degree of mobilization than has been presently realized.   AFT organizers are now working with the PFT staff and some rank and file leaders as well to bring that about.

Remember the Ali Foreman "rumble in the jungle"?   Rope a Dope carried the day.

 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:17.

Thanks, Ron

Of course you are right. We the PFT does not have the union solidarity right now to pull of a strike, member are more interested in blogging anonymously than actually showing up at rallies and Marches like those today and on August 22nd, and forget about them attending membership meetings at school or a the Liacouras center. Given the current situation, we should pack the Liacouras Center later today with at least 10,000 members in, red, I am betting, however that we will be lucky to even get 1/3 of that to bother showing up. We couldn't pull a strike with the overwhelming pathetic membership involvement we have now.

A strike now also plays into the District hands by showing that we are unwilling to negotiate, which would allow them to invoke Act 46 and impose a contract on us (salaries, benefits and all). That move would force us to throw it into the hands of State Court consisting of 4 anti-labor Republicans to 3 Democrats and, of course, the Republican controlled Legislature and Governor's office. A strike NOW benefits no one other than the District, Mayor Nutter and Governor Corbett.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:26.

I agree. We strike and THEY win.

Submitted by anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:45.

They have already begun to invoke Act 46. They stopped step increases as well as seniority rights. How long are we going to sit back and allow them to abuse our rights?

Submitted by Ron Whitehorne on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 14:08.

No one should be sitting back that's for sure.   The question is what course of action will be most effective.   You are right that the actions taken by the SRC earlier in relation to the school code are based on ACT 46 and it seems to me could and should be challenged in the courts as well as in the streets.   That's a good question to raise tonight.

 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:19.

Thank you...this information helps so much. How long do you realistically think the 'negotiations' will go on?

Submitted by Teachin' (not verified) on Sun, 09/01/2013 - 23:41.

Thanks for the update. I don't consider it useless to know talks are still ongoing.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 07:40.

Here come the private Achievement Networks!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 08:41.

Here come the private Achievement Networks? What the hell is that supposed to mean?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 08:53.

Read the BCG report!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/01/2013 - 23:41.

No, there's plenty of information in there if you look at it. Nobody is voting on anything tomorrow; they're being informed of terms.

Submitted by Paul Socolar on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 01:18.

Technical glitch ... story is all there now.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 05:01.

Once again Jerry, how can we continue to work under the conditions of the current contract if not every school has a counselor?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 05:18.

Good question. Also, I believe the old contract had seniority provisions written into it, which the SRC and District violated. The PFT has remained mostly silent on that issue too. Where are the lawsuits and PFT outrage. Seems to me the seniority issue alone would cause the PFT membership to call for a STRIKE.

Submitted by Teachin' (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:07.

Let's not continue to forget the step increase freeze. That's a lot of money to lose.

Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 05:21.

Good Luck today to everyone!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 07:12.

Show up

Submitted by Joan Taylor on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 07:15.

Taking pay cuts will haunt us every year from the moment we agree to such a deal. We will never regain this ground, and we're already lagging behind most teachers in Southeastern PA. Strong unions make teachers stronger, and that's good for everyone. I hope we hang tough and demand to be treated with the respect we deserve. No pay cuts. In any form.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 08:40.

Yes. Show up.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 08:59.

As much as I love my colleagues at the schools I've taught in, as much as I'm devoted to my profession, as much as I long for a fair resolution to this catastrophe I feel I had no part in making (but am being blamed for)...

Driving into the city and arranging child care for a 3 and 6 month old for an undetermined amount of time, for a contract I know nothing about, the history of these things degrading (quickly) into disorganized, chaotic, bitter shouting matches with no acceptable end doesn't seem to be an intelligent use of my time on eve of reporting back for what appears to be perhaps the longest and most arduous year of my career.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 09:12.

We all have things that need to be done but you cannot put this on the backs of those colleagues you care for so much. I also care for two children, I also must drive into the city, I also dread the disorganization and chaos but I'm showing up so that the district knows we are a united front. There's an old old saying, "If you don't show up then don't bitch" SHOW UP!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 09:30.

The PFT needs less members who feel the way you do. Simply put, together we stand or we FALL!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 09:35.

It will be the most intelligent use of your time....SHOW UP. Show up for yourself, show up for your colleagues, show up for your students, show up for your family's future.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 09:41.

Amen sister!

Submitted by Annonym (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 09:53.

Since you chose not be to be Philly School District parent this is not affecting you as directly. There are teachers / staff who are also parents. We have no choice but to show up and demand a fair contract for our children and our students. This doesn't just affect me during the work day but 24 / 7. It impacts my neighbors as well as colleagues.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:02.

I also have made child care arrangements for my toddler, am running around like a mad woman prepping for tomorrow, will drive over an hour one way to a location I am unfamiliar with on a night that I'd rather being doing nothing except counting down the minutes to who knows.... However, my children cannot afford a pay cut and my students cannot afford to have their education decimated. Please reconsider. We need you...we need everybody to stand together. I've never seen all 15,000 union members together. This needs to be the time.

Submitted by Teachin' (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:10.

Sorry, but that's a cop-out. Lots of parents are arranging for childcare tonight. If you anticipate an arduous year, consider the arduous career you will have if your rights are stripped to nothing. I hate the tactic of riling us all up and then offering us no actions to take, but I do agree we all need to be there tonight. If you don't come - and this goes to all of our sisters and brothers - then don't complain about what ultimately happens to our contract. you'll have been part of the problem.

Submitted by Jerry (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:30.

Hear Hear!

Submitted by Headstart teacher (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:20.

Call your family to babysit, carpool, etc.

No excuses. If one of your students acted this way you would never buy "the dog ate my homework" line.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:23.

Lots of us are in the same boat. My husband will be caring for my little ones while I carpool with colleagues.
YOU are the union!

Submitted by Joan Taylor on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:06.

At least don't lie. You certainly don't "love" your colleagues, and your devotion to your profession is somewhat suspect. You've had all summer to prepare for an arduous year and to get a babysitter. And of course you're anonymous. Spare me the sanctimony.

Submitted by Anonymous teacher (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:29.

Arrangements made for my husband and toddler's dinner, carpool organized, JUST got called back from layoff FRIDAY (so much to do), AND I am almost 9 months pregnant... I'll be there... we all should... no excuses!!!

Submitted by Teachin' (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:49.

BRAVO!

Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 09:46.

If a full contract is presented to us. We will have absolutely no time to read the damn document.

They will have a printed highlight sheet. If you think about it said sheet had to be printed by now even though they claim to still be negotiating.

If that happens I intend to stand up and start screaming strike.

Even if it's a contract that offers me a 50% raise and free breakfast I want to read the document.

Why if the contract is so important during the rest of the year is it forced down our throats like we are geese making pâté?

I think there will be an extremely negative reaction to any said contract. I'm not sure how the PFT gets to have such a thing ratified but will see.

Submitted by Headstart teacher (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:16.

Geese don't make pâté they ARE pâté (or at least a very important organ is)!

That's us - we are the food for this massive machine called Ed reform, otherwise known as the prison pipeline.

Show up and make yourself participate in the push back or vote or WHATEVER!!!

Just do something.

If you make excuses than do not complain when Hite/Corbette/Kihn spreads you on a cracker.

Submitted by just the facts (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 15:03.

My understanding is that doors will open at least an hour early so that members can come and read the proposed contract before the meeting starts.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 15:13.

Doors open at 4. Meeting starts at 6, of course this being Philly, it really means 6:20ish.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:08.

The "show up" posters are PFT staff pushing for a decent turnout. This should've been resolved a long time ago. Both the PFT and SRC use the impending school year, struggle for Philly parents and students as political capital. Everyone knew that Jerry would have to give some concessions. Why spend the entire spring and summer saying no? It made PFT look foolish and has given the SRC some footing in the PR category. If those in leadership (PFT, SDP and SRC) stopped treating this like a game and gave teachers, students and parents a modicum of respect, we would not be worrying about this today. Teachers would be preparing to return to work in a good frame of mind, rather than worrying about this nonsense. Do you really think teachers will be talking about data, curricular items and planning tomorrow? No way! The conversations will be about no counselors, safety concerns and a non-existent contract. So much for kids.

Submitted by Teachin' (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:15.

I'm not only not PFT staff, I'm disenchanted to the max with Jerry Jordan's willingness to give up anything at all, but I'm going to be there tonight, to fight for my future. If you don't, you'll be just like the huge majority of Philadelphias who didn't go out to vote on the night Tom Corbett was elected governor. He won because the turnout in Philly was next-to-nothing and we will all be paying for that for a long time.

Submitted by Headstart teacher (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:22.

Ain't that a nugget of truth that's hard to swallow!!

don't make the same mistake again.

Submitted by Teachin' (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:41.

By the way, the rain kept a lot of people away on that night - apparently everyone feared they would melt. It's raining now. Who plans on using that on excuse on not participating tonight? Don't trade away your fights out of reluctance to carry an umbrella.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 11:21.

Show up or shut up!

Submitted by David Hensel (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 11:29.

I'm not a PFT staffer. I'm telling you that you are gutless if you are sitting behind your computer making anonymous comments and then you don't bother to show up tonight to have a voice in what goes on. Show up or shut up.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 11:44.

SHOW UP OR SHUT UP! and yes, I'm yelling!

Submitted by Natalie Minkovsky (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 11:45.

The PFT membership has doubled its presence at the Labor Day parade. It went up from 1% to 2%.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 11:52.

I don't care who comes to the parade. I care who comes to our meeting tonight!!!

Submitted by scott (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 11:54.

Don't sit home and whine come to the meeting and SCREAM!

Submitted by Natalie Minkovsky (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:04.

I am not sitting and whining. I just came home to change my clothes. It was raining out there on the Delaware av. I also feel that the poor showing at the parade is an indication of what to expect of tonight.

Submitted by Headstart teacher (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:22.

Look - its just bad luck that the parade and our meeting are on the same day. I had to chose one or the other and I chose the meeting to attend. The rain was just one more factor that affected people.

Tonight's meeting is THE most important thing to attend.

Submitted by HS teach (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:23.

I believe it when I see it.

Submitted by Teachin' (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:50.

There's no parallel. You'll never get me to march in a parade; I'll be there to vote for sure.

You may keep in mind that most people had to decide between the parade and the meeting - they had other responsibilities today. Look at how many people are getting babysitters for tonight.

Submitted by anon (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:24.

philly.com reports today that 1% permanent sales tax increase that state okayed philadelphia to dedicate to school funding (bless their generous little hearts) requires annual state approval (just like the bull droppings we're going through to release $45 million forgiven federal money).
concessions today open the floodgates to more and more concessions tomorrow. you can't trust the opposition to be reasonable. hold firm now. do battle now. don't put off, we'll never be as strong as we are today. fight the fight we should've fought last contract.

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20130902_Strings_attached_to_Phil...

Submitted by HS teach (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:34.

They will not rest until PFT is done, and we all are working for $7.25/hour. Get your food stamp applications now.

Submitted by scott (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:56.

Sorry guys I say "no contract no school."......all for one and one for all. Every school must have a counselor.......lets fight for a state mandate while we are in the ring.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:09.

Agreed! We cannot operate schools safely without everyone back. No contract... No school.

Submitted by Headstart teacher (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:05.

WTF!?!?!
Nothing like changing rules mid game.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 15:05.

Just got word that the so called cuts in salary are off the table. But, there is the issue of contributing to healthcare and 1 year pay freeze.
THIS EQUALS A PAYCUT!!!!!

Submitted by anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 15:32.

From who?? And who are you??

Submitted by JK (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 16:12.

Please let us know where you are getting this info.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 16:54.

From Building Rep.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:10.

did not go to parade WILL be at meeting....no parallel is absolutely CORRECT!

Submitted by Bane (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 13:58.

You say we are anonymous like this is a problem. It doesn't matter who we are, what matters is our plan.

We must take the Philadelphia School District from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you... the people. The Philadelphia School District is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please. Start by storming 440, and freeing the oppressed! Step forward those who would serve. For an army will be raised. The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests, and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened. Spoils will be enjoyed. Blood will be shed. This great city... it will endure. The school district will survive!

Submitted by Teachin' (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 15:25.

Dude, you do remember how it all worked out for the "real" Bane?

Nice laugh, though. Wonder who else will recognize the dialogue.

Submitted by Bane (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 18:40.

I AM the real Bane. The people of Philadelphia shall rise.

I'm the SRC's reckoning. Here to end the borrowed time they've all been living on!

Submitted by Education Grad ... on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 15:19.

To quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy."

PFT stand up!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 15:19.

Money buys the $oul$ of so many anymore.Look at Nutter, Corbett, Hite,SRC members- Ramos,Pritchett, Houstoun,and Simms (come on who else would give Simms a high- paid job at Comcast but Cohen to give more power to the SRC.Bluntly, she's not quailified for the SRC or Comcast job).We cannot forget Gleason,Rhea and all those other selfish, greedy, misguided people too tearing the workers down in general.
All of American workers and citizens in general (voting rights also being trampled on) needs to stand up to the rich ,who think they are entitled,trying to control everything and everyone and put them back in their mansions telling them to stay put and spend your millions/billions and leave us alone.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 15:52.

Just curious, what is Sylvia Simms job title at Comcast? What does she do? How much do you think she gets paid? Roughly.

Submitted by Annonym (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 16:01.

She was hired to promote the Comcast program to get reduced price on internet access ($10/month) if the student received free lunch. I don't know what she does other than attend SRC meetings. I'm sure there was a deal with Nutter / David Cohen since she is a Nutter appointment. She had been a school bus aid but was on disability. I guess her qualifications are "connections."

Submitted by teach_in_sdp (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 15:34.

I had no interest in the parade this am. I will be at the PFT meeting tonight. Hope we get information tonight regarding our contract positions. Not a PFT staffer either.

Submitted by Headstart teacher (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 18:21.

Ok I'm here where r YOU!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 18:36.

I am not a PFT staffer. They are on stage not texting show up now before it is too late. It matters there are seats waiting for you. Get down hereu won' t be sorry

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 20:44.

Much ado about nothing!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 20:55.

What push? That sounds like a push into my bowels without any lube!

Submitted by HS teach (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 21:33.

Can anyone explain, why we voted to give power to the executive committee to negotiate? Weren't they already negotiating?

Submitted by Mayday (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 21:43.

The meeting was much ado about nothing. Posturing and staging. Jerry wants everyone (who still has a job, that is) to return to work tomorrow and work under the "status quo" of the expired contract. Well, the phrase "status quo" means the same conditions as before. A building with no counselor, no dean, and no support staff is not "status quo," Jerry. I call BS on this.

I feel sold out. Members with important things to say were not allowed to speak because a planted staffer got to the mike first and made a motion re: the power of the PFT executive board -- and then no one was permitted to speak on anything but this motion. Once the motion was passed, with MANY members waiting at the mikes, the meeting was adjourned. Of course by that time half the membership had walked out.

Submitted by Education Grad ... on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 22:55.

Was that guy really planted there? He said he worked at Hopkinson School.

And the "status quo" says that there has to be 1 counselor per school.

Submitted by Teachin' (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 23:09.

He agreed to say what he was asked to say. I don't understand the point of that charade. The assumption was negotiations would continue. Why not let people speak, unscripted, instead of taking away their time with this phony motion?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 22:19.

We voted to give them the power to _continue_ negotiating. But why would we contine to "negotiate in good faith" with an entity that has not shown good faith? The SRC holds all the cards and has shown they can rewrite our contract at will. What kind od negotiating is that? I agree its not in our best interest to strike this week. But next week....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 22:49.

All I want to know is for how long the district will let us work under the old contract. Is the ball in their court? It is very confusing.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 22:23.

Sounds like the way school closing meetings were run. Jerry is making a huge salary from his district position (reimbursed by the union) and gets additional union salary. He's sitting pretty. It's clear that the union leadership has more in common with the people they're negotiating with, than those they're negotiating for. Problem.

Submitted by just the facts (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 22:32.

Actually, people who stood at the mikes at community were able to speak. Many were actually answered by Hite.

Submitted by Education Grad ... on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 22:54.

What is Jerry's District position?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 23:29.

The bamboozeler---caused that's what he did yet again--bamboozled the teachers just like 4 years ago with this crazy meeting lol.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 23:06.

Those top 9 Administrators of SDP (such as Dr. Hite, Mr. kahn, Ms. Oates) only cut 10% of their pay. For those PFT members make more than $55.000 need to cut 13%. It is very very unfair. The extra 3% cut of those 9 top administrators (each of them make more than 200,000 a year) can rehire some staff back. Do Anyone know whether the top administrators need to pay the fair share of the health care?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 23:16.

If there is a huge conspiracy here as many of you suspect, to FURTHER SELL OUT hardworking teachers, and Randi Weingarten is complicit? Philadelphia really is the GROUND ZERO in education as she said herself tonight and I do not want to be here. Will use time to get cert recognized in neighboring states.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 23:52.

She sold out the Newark teachers.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 01:09.

Jordan pretended to have more balls tonight, but at the negotiation table I am sure he's a weasel. Same for Weingarten.
The meeting to me went as expected.Nothing learn-nothing gained. Same old BS just a bit more acting like he was standing firm.
It will be the same lame stuff the PFT leaders do after any contract. They still don't hear, listen,have enough transparency or communicate with their members appropriately.
Why the hell do we got to go to schools and see if their are counselors in every school, etc. Why aren't they keeping track? It's not that hard.That's way it was easy to suspend seniority, impose work rules that violate the CBA.
The District has already skewed seniority by laying off and hiring new people according to their checkerboard (realignment, dual certified list).Their list is more like a tic -tac -toe list.
There was many teachers laid off with more seniority than some with dual certifications that the school created a roster for. Just a couple years ago most teachers in PFT only utilized one cert.and that worked fine .Now they want it to be more confusing as they layoff, recall and transfer teachers, staff Moreover, they are forcing teachers, especially the ones with least seniority to get multiple certifications or you will get laid off and probably not called back and their excuse, which is against PA. statute and CBA, is your not qualified for the roster created for that teaching slot.

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