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New arguments in legal battle over teacher work rules; PDE and SRC press urgency

By Dale Mezzacappa on Apr 7, 2014 06:15 PM

The legal battle over whether Philadelphia's School Reform Commission has the power to unilaterally impose new work rules on the District's teachers is getting more intense with the filing of new arguments urging quick action by the Supreme Court.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) maintains that "the collective bargaining agreement ... has proven a particularly high barrier to the District effecting reforms essential to providing services in a fiscally responsible and manageable manner." 

PDE says that the SRC needs the "extraordinary powers" it is seeking so that it can put the School District on sound financial footing and, ultimately, return it to local control.

A Monday response from the SRC to the arguments the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers made against its original motion also takes that position. The brief says that resolution "cannot wait" regarding the issue about its powers to impose new work rules and reduce the role of seniority in teacher transfers, layoffs and recalls. It points out that budgets for the District and for individual schools are being prepared now and that the process of transferring and assigning teachers for next year has started. 

"The new rules governing staffing requirements of teachers and other bargaining unit members are being implemented now, with the annual staffing process for the upcoming school year already underway," the brief says.  

An accompanying statement says that without quick resolution of the legal issue about the SRC's powers to change the rules for transfer and teacher placement, staffing decisions affecting tens of thousands of students "will be driven by adult interests and not the interests of students."

The PFT had argued that the court had no jurisdiction and that the so-called "non-mandatory" work rules under dispute must be resolved through collective bargaining.

At the beginning of this school year, the District recalled laid-off counselors not according to seniority, but in a way that returned most of them to the school they had left. This resulted in the recall of some less-experienced teachers over those with more experience who had been the second or third counselor at some larger schools.

If the legal issue remains unsettled and the PFT prevails in grievances to restore laid-off teachers and counselors based on seniority instead of the District's process, the next school year will be chaotic, the District argues.

That could result in "mid-year reassignments of as many as a thousand teachers, counselors and other staff." 

This brief also says flatly that the SRC did not forfeit its power to impose terms on the union just because it negotiated several contracts with the PFT and bargained several times on so-called "non-mandatory" work rule issues, including teacher assignment and the use of preparation time.

"It is true that the SRC and the School District have shown restraint over the last 13 years by refraining from invoking their ... powers, and preferring consensual outcomes to litigation," the brief reads. But "agreeing to contractual provisions involving non-mandatory subjects of bargaining in the past does not give those provisions perpetual life once the contract expires." 

The District statement announcing the filing of the new brief says that "at its core, this case is about the ability of the School District to operate its schools in a way that improves student achievement."

"People understand that the issues at stake here are urgent," said Superintendent William Hite in a statement. "I have heard from parents, principals, and numerous teachers who support the changes we are making. They know how important it is for every student to have the right teacher with the right skill set, right now."

As for the state, the PDE brief notes that the District's "crisis ... effectively compelled the [General Assembly] to appropriate ... a substantial amount of one-time funding ... to enable the District to pay for basic services."

Although not speaking to the state's school funding responsibilites, the PDE brief says that the reforms at issue are critical to the District's educational mission.

"The District can ill afford to pay any awards the PFT might obtain and should not continue to be threatened" if the PFT grievances over teacher layoffs and recall should prevail, PDE says, adding that "collective bargaining must be circumscribed by statute when necessary to provide for a thorough and efficient public education in every part of the Commonwealth."

PFT president Jerry Jordan issued a statement in response to the PDE brief, calling it "outrageous" because, he says, the state is the cause of the District's continued fiscal crisis.

"One of the most ridiculous assertions made by the PDE's brief is that the SRC needs the freedom to impose working conditions in schools because of the district's financial distress -- a crisis that was created by the very administration the SRC represents!" his statement said. 

The SRC took control of the District nearly 13 years ago, after the state declared the District academically and fiscally distressed. The SRC "must be permitted to execute the extraordinary powers ... to enact reforms to achieve the financial stability that someday will enable the Secretary of Education ... to declare an end to the District's financial distress and return governance of the District to the Philadelphia Board of Education," the PDE brief says. 

The PFT contract expired last August, and negotiations began more than a year ago, reaching no result.

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Comments (39)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 7, 2014 9:33 pm

If the PDE & the SRC really believe that they can force the hand of the State Supreme Court you can only imagine what they intend to do to us. This is a fundamental worker's rights issue. What they are attempting is union busting. If this is allowed watch the droves of educators leave the district.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 7, 2014 10:50 pm

PHILADELPHIA - July 3, 2013 (WPVI) -- Governor Tom Corbett's son-in-law is facing criminal charges following his dismissal from the Philadelphia police force.Gibson is married to Katerine Corbett Gibson.

Gerald Gibson had been a narcotics officer with the department.

He was allegedly caught in an FBI sting, stealing money from crime scenes.

He was arraigned Wednesday night on misdemeanor charges of theft, obstruction, tampering, and failure to make required disposition of funds.

Gov. Corbett is just as much a criminal as his daughter's husband, Gerald Gibson by not making required disposition of funds (to schools/education), is trying to obstruct good faith collective bargaining,being a thief by intentionally not funding education fairly and adequately.

That would make Gov. Corbett just as much a criminal.

Submitted by Morrie Peters (not verified) on April 8, 2014 8:39 am

Corbett's real criminal behavior was the deliberate suppression of Sandusky, Paterno and his own negligence with regard to the sexual molestation of children.

All three men were aware of this predator's behavior but allowed politics(Corbett), monumental ego(Paterno) and personal extreme perversion (Sandusky) to avoid the crimes all three have committed.

We hear so much about the political machine in Philadelphia. It is corrupt. They have only learned 10% of the tricks created by the the most corrupt state legislature in the United States of America. City Council is like the bloated 11-year old compared to the 400-lb. beast that "leads in Harrisburg.

No Public Education, No Democracy. No Democracy, No America.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 7:44 pm

What about the disappearance of State D.A. Ray Gricar? NOBODY ever talks about him?

In 1999 when the first accusations came to light and Sandusky was supposedly let go from PSU when Gricar wanted to prosecute Jerry Sandusky, Sandusky applied to Temple University for the position of Football Coach. They declined him.

Gricar was the ONLY Prosecutor who wanted to prosecute Sandusky and those at Penn State whom he felt were covering up the scandal while the Governor was State Attorney General.

Ray Gricar was known as a straight shooter and did not worship the Penn State Football Dynasty.

Eventually after much briefing he finally "declined" to pursue the case and decided to take retirement three months later.

His body was never found. Only his pristine, custom Red Mini-Cooper reeking of tobacco and his work computer in the Susquehanna River with its Hard Drive destroyed.

Seven years later, (July 2011), he was "Declared Dead," ;ironically the summer the Sandusky Case broke nationwide.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 9:23 pm

Everyone seems to forget that he was the only one on to Sandusky early on and that he was found in the bottom of a lake.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 9:28 pm

Everyone seems to forget that he was the only one on to Sandusky early on and that he was found in the bottom of a lake.

Submitted by Ron Whitehorne on April 7, 2014 9:26 pm

Tom Corbett’s Pennsylvania Department of Education has filed a brief in support of Tom Corbett’s School Reform Commission’s effort to get the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to sign off giving it the power to impose so called work rules on Philadelphia’s teachers.   No surprise here.  But their action is a remarkable exercise in hypocrisy.

 

The PDE amicus brief argues these powers “play a crucial role in alleviating the financial distress of the District.”    That would be the financial distress brought about by the massive cuts in state funding by the Corbett administration.    The brief goes on to enumerate its responsibility to “monitor the fiscal health” of the District.   So the Corbett administration, created the budget that left the District it controls with a gaping deficit.   But, as it has done for four years, it points the finger elsewhere.

 

The only consistency in the actions of the Corbett, his PDE and his SRC, is rather than accept their constitutional responsibility to fund education they choose to attack school employees and their unions.    They demand that they foot the bill out of their pockets.   They call for the PFT to give up long standing rights and other contract provisions that have served students as well as teachers. 

 

Instead of demonizing teachers and bashing unions, Corbett, Green, and company should be providing the funding we need to restore our counselors, nurses and teachers, open our libraries, make our schools safe, and provide art, music and enrichment opportunities to all students.

Submitted by Lisa Haver on April 8, 2014 1:32 pm

This is right out of the Scott Walker playbook. Use a financial crisis--real or imagined--to wipe out collective bargaining rights.

Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on April 7, 2014 9:28 pm

Ray Charles on the worst day of his life could see this folly. They set up the mess and want to blame the PFT for it. It's similar to the argument that it's the fault of the poor for being poor even though there are no jobs for them. Or as Barbara Bush once screamed, "The poor don't need cars because they have nowhere to go anyway." The Bizarro World 101. Ethically and factually, Hite's argument doesn't even pass the "Giggle Test" to paraphrase Alan Dershovitz. On the other hand, the current political climate is being financed by the corporate elite so nothing would surprise me.
If the court rules for Hite, then "The People" must react inhospitably to it to say the least. Our Democracy will then be at stake because of a contrived, man made crisis designed to start a dictatorship in Philly for the huge money shot callers.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 7, 2014 9:13 pm

Well, the one thing I agree with SDE on is getting this solve sooner rather than later.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 7, 2014 11:04 pm

What is it with Philly.com, the web offshoot of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News? Last summer, management at company headquarters pulled Marnie Hall’s salacious video about Mayor Nutter and an “attractive blonde” with whom he was seen dining at Rangoon in Chinatown. Not surprisingly, the mayor’s office had called to complain. Then in February, newspaper spokesman Mark Block yanked a story from Philly.com’s Clout blog, which reported the names of potential bidders for Philadelphia Media Network, the corporation that owns the papers and the website. And now this week, they’ve done it again.

The story in question is another one of Hall’s gossipy video reports. On Friday, Hall posted a story about Governor Corbett’s daughter, Katherine Gibson, who was recently appointed to the position of deputy attorney general in the Pennsylvania attorney general’s Philadelphia office. The person who did the appointing was Attorney General Linda Kelly, who was herself appointed by Gibson’s dad, Gov. Corbett.

As Hall pointed out, some conspiracy theorists out there have been questioning Gibson’s sudden switch from her maiden name to her married one. (God forbid anyone think that nepotism had anything to do with her appointment.) Gibson had always been known as Katie Corbett in the Philadelphia district attorney’s office, where she worked for several years before making the move to the AG assignment. She kept her maiden name even after her wedding two years ago.

Yesterday, Gibson placed a call to Philly.com management asking that the video be removed. They complied. But Gibson told me this morning that her complaint wasn’t about the whiff of nepotism in the air. Gibson’s beef was with a wedding photo that Hall found online and used in her report.

“I own the copyright on the photo,” said Gibson when I reached her at her Philadelphia office, adding that the website neither asked for nor had permission to use the shot. As for the hubbub over her last name, Gibson was happy to clear the air. “Everyone knew me as Corbett at the DA’s office,” Gibson explained. “But I have a baby now, and I started in a new office, so it was time to transition. Plus, changing your name … it’s sort of a pain in the butt.”

True enough.

Link below of a photo of one big happy family, Gerald Gibson, his wife, Katherine Corbett Gibson and Gov. Corbett

http://wtxf.images.worldnow.com/images/20916221_SA.jpg

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 7, 2014 11:43 pm

Mark Gleason (PSP,Director) is not a fair person and shows his discrimination in the reading below. Same as his "losers" remark about students, and schools over the weekend again illustrating his discrimination and inequality.

Comments from people at the tenure hearing when board president Mark Gleason (S.Orange/Maplewood Schl. District,.NJ ,2007-2011) endorsed the failure of a gay teacher to get tenure.Most believe it had to do with this teacher's sexual orientation versus her satisfactory evaluations for 3 years and commendations.

I was trying to figure out whether there actually is something in writing from the BoE (S.Orange Maplewood SD in NJ) about Robyn's "lifestyle" or the vocal community response, etc. It is my understanding from speaking with Robyn for a minute before the meeting was that the "lifestyle" concerns were at least mentioned in discussions with her in the presence of her union rep - and maybe it's in writing - I'm still not clear.

This is where it gets tricky for me, because if there is a non-discrimination policy, and there is, and anyone in any type of management capacity has mentioned her "lifestyle" as an issue, whether in writing or in a discussion in the presence of the union rep - that muddies this thing all up, and puts the whole decision into question, in my opinion.

Among the list of reasons for not granting tenure included several things regarding teaching style. Robyn's union rep (I think) tried to submit Robyn's evaluations, which all appeared to be positive - she read commendations Robyn had received which were granted for the very qualities they, in the end, stated she had lacked(I didn't see any Board member look at them). They mentioned complaint(s) from parent(s) - Robyn read the letter, which addressed her statement of her sexual orientation in class. Robyn made clear the context of that decision. That parent letter stated that there were other parents who felt the same, but no letters from the other parents, from what I could tell.

There is policy and procedure here about when a teacher should be alerted that they are not being granted tenure, or their contract isn't being renewed - whatever you want to call it. It appears that Robyn did not find out until shortly before this meeting. It was her right to have this meeting - she requested that it be public, because it is her right to do so.

I don't know the people on the Board - (by the way, I'll be sure to be more involved from now on) - but I can say that they explained that there would be a public "deliberation", which consisted of ... nothing. The Board said nothing - Mr.Mark Gleason said, "is there a motion?" No one said anything... and it was over. The only comments that were said were at the end that this was about teaching...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 12:55 pm

Just received an email from staffing indicating that all voluntary transfers for next year have been stopped. The only way to get a job with the SDP is if you site-select. So if your school is closing then you must apply for site-selection....good bye traditional and forced transfers. They don't need to have a 'sense of urgency' because they have already done it? Am I wrong?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 12:49 pm

Good question. Under the new system if somebody is out of their position what happens if nobody site-selects them? Will they still get priority over somebody off the street with zero seniority? Or, are they laid off until some school picks them? Will they still get to pick a school in late August?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 12:44 pm

when does site select start?
So if the PFT wins the Supreme Court ruling the process has to start over for seniority to play a factor?

Submitted by LS Teach (not verified) on April 8, 2014 1:06 pm

Looks like the SDP is moving forward without the court's or the PFT's approval. I guess Jerry will come out with another statement tonight. FYI the vacancy list no longer has traditional vacancies, just site select.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 5:06 pm

Here's my question...I was a forced transfer last school year. I selected a new school last August which made me an individual on Special Assignment. Last month or late Feb., my principal received retention papers to keep me for the upcoming school year. The paperwork was completed and returned to the District the same day. Now that all schools with vacancies are now site select, what happens to me? Also, with the possibility of two more schools being given over to charters, will there be enough jobs for people who still want to work for the SD? I am thinking that everyone who currently works for the SD may not have a job. I am just so depressed and saddened that there may be a possibility that I may not have a job. Getting a job at 57 is frightening!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 7:07 pm

I'm resigning--someone can have my job. I put in my papers this week and I did a little celebration happy dance after I faxed and got my confirmation.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 7:33 pm

Happy for you. I wish I could, but I can't. I need a job!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 9:08 pm

I am resigning, too. I am taking a pay cut. The half decent salary they are paying is not worth it anymore, considering the exponentially increasing abuse. I would have stayed if there was a prospect of fighting back. I am sick of the red shirts on Friday.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 3:29 pm

When you go into site selection all of your certs are listed. You can pick which position you are applying for. It doesn't matter what position you are currently in.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 6:29 pm

I wouldn't be too sure about that. I'm certified elementary, middle, and high school. This year the district refused to allow me to accept any elementary or high school positions because they wanted to force me into a middle school.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 7:07 pm

A teacher's "area of appointment" determines what position he/she can have. You can't be "middle year" appointed and be placed in a "grade" position. At least that is the way it used to be. I would like staffing to clarify that. A teacher can't flip flop from area of appointments either. At least that was past practice. However, it is true that a grade appointed teacher with MY add-ons can be placed in a middle year position.

Last June's layoffs didn't affect double certified teachers. Many elementary "grade" appointed teachers with little to no seniority didn't get laid off if they had dual certification, as in special ed, as long as they switched their area of appointment to spec ed, to fill a spec ed vacancy. Question is do those teachers get to switch back to "grade" appointed now? Without seniority rules, guess that sort of thing can happen?? Again, I would like more information on how significant -- or not -- one's area of appointment is. Did or will the rules change?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 6:19 pm

"People understand that the issues at stake here are urgent," said Superintendent William Hite in a statement. "I have heard from parents, principals, and numerous teachers who support the changes we are making. They know how important it is for every student to have the right teacher with the right skill set, right now."

REALLY? How do you guarantee that the "public" school students in charters have the right teacher with the right skill set, right now? OH RIGHT. You don't. You cede that control to the unaccountable charters. Frontier Cyber, anyone? I don't know, that sounds like a "barrier...to providing services in a fiscally responsible manner."

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 7:34 pm

I don't think they care about the teachers they are displacing. They are not guaranteeing them jobs. This is just unbelievable. Jerry Jordan needs to communicate with his members now!

Submitted by Jimila (not verified) on April 8, 2014 7:43 pm

I just received his e-mail. Once again, he informed us that the district is being disrespectful to us and this is outrageous.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 8:18 pm

Jordan tell us something we don't know. We know the evil doers at SDP disrespect us and have for a long while now.
The question is are you firing, fighting back since they are rogue and out of control?
Let's do something to push them back.
Talk is cheap.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 11:11 pm

This is how the leaders at the PFT responds , as usual.
The PFT DID NOT AGREE to any of these changes, and has filed grievances on these and all other contract violations committed by the district.
More toilet paper stacked who knows where.
Time to execute, expedite all the grievances you have tucked away out of sight.
File the grievances that you never follow up with anyway.

Time to get off your a-holes and start more drastic measure.The SDP has no problems doing that.

Jordan, Kirsch, Weingarten, what is the plan?
Let the district just keep crapping on us and trampling a CONTRACT ?
(status quo contract means just that-no changes).

If that is the case void Hite's contract (without any severance pay) and send him back to the hole he came from.Green can join him.Green acts bad yet is a total wuss.

We need to get rid of him just like the city council did.They were so happy he left.No one can stand the guy.Why we letting a political hack like Green,who only got anywhere just because of name recognition -(daddy and grand pappy ).
He's a total failure in every endeavor he took on.All part of patronage.
He never helped the city out one bit in any job he did.

PFT officials you letting a shady politician like Green to run the show-as you passively stand by ??

Email Weingarten , Kirsch and Jordan and ask (aside from the useless grievances they file -since they do not execute them) what are you doing, strategy, tactic, plan , anything?

jjordan@pft.org
tkirsch@aftpa.org
rweingarten@aft.org

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 10:22 pm

They are purposefully trying to push us out so that they can hire novice teachers and save money. Who in their right mind will site select or attend job fairs for crappy schools lacking the most basic of resources & supplies??? Btw if you don't attend or get a job through site select the district then placed you without any input from you. This is all such crappola. We have no choice but to strike. This is what the SDP does as a dictatorship. All such bs.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 11:46 pm

This was sent today to all teachers:

Brothers and Sisters:

Many PFT members today received an email from the school district.

In direct violation of the PFT contract, the district plans to fill all vacancies for teachers, secretaries, school operations officers, school improvement support liaisons, conflict resolution specialists and community relations liaisons through site selection. ;

In addition, the district says it is no longer honoring Rights to Return or Voluntary Transfers.

The PFT DID NOT AGREE to any of these changes, and has filed grievances on these and all other contract violations committed by the district.

As you know, the district is seeking permission from the PA Supreme Court to implement these and other staffing policy changes. Not only are they moving forward with their plans without waiting for a ruling from the Court, they are in clear and blatant violation of the current PFT contract.

This is just the latest example of the outrageously disrespectful attitude the district has shown toward teachers and school employees. Their refusal to honor the terms of our current agreement is unacceptable.

We are doing everything we can to ensure that they are held accountable for their reckless disregard of educators' voices in our schools.

We will keep you informed of all future developments in this matter.

In Solidarity,

Jerry T. Jordan, President

Submitted by Jimila (not verified) on April 8, 2014 8:43 pm

Talk is generally cheap, but as a result of all his talk and inaction, I didn't get my salary increase from attaining a master's degree and I pay union dues each paycheck.

I've gone to the rallies and meetings and other union functions. Action hasn't paid off for me so far.

My new action is seeking a job elsewhere where maybe I won't be constantly threatened by the superintendent and politician-appointed commissioners...like bus matrons and other non-educators...and told to share the sacrifice while the superintendent and his cronies, who have been working in the district for less time than I, make six-figure salaries. Reminiscent of ANIMAL FARM for sure. THAT is what is outrageous to me - while the public watches, tsk tsks, and goes about their business.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 9:09 pm

I recommend you check out advertised central office positions. They are at it again: "Observation and Feedback Coach" What the heck is that? Sounds like a position for someone's cousin.
Like you, I am sick of the union inaction, tired of scripted meetings, toothless rallies, pointless pickets, red on Friday, black on Monday.
I am resigning. Consider it my personal strike.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 8:48 pm

Wouldn't the violation of contract be considered a form of lockout allowing a work stoppage on our part?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 9:39 pm

A lockout means they lock the doors and you can't go in. There line is the contract expired August 31. They say Act 46 gives them the right to impose working conditions. It doesn't but that doesn't mean the court would rule that way if they think no one is fighting against it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 9:39 pm

Thanks for the clarification.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 9:44 pm

This was sent today to all teachers:

Brothers and Sisters:

Many PFT members today received an email from the school district.

In direct violation of the PFT contract, the district plans to fill all vacancies for teachers, secretaries, school operations officers, school improvement support liaisons, conflict resolution specialists and community relations liaisons through site selection. ;

In addition, the district says it is no longer honoring Rights to Return or Voluntary Transfers.

The PFT DID NOT AGREE to any of these changes, and has filed grievances on these and all other contract violations committed by the district.

As you know, the district is seeking permission from the PA Supreme Court to implement these and other staffing policy changes. Not only are they moving forward with their plans without waiting for a ruling from the Court, they are in clear and blatant violation of the current PFT contract.

This is just the latest example of the outrageously disrespectful attitude the district has shown toward teachers and school employees. Their refusal to honor the terms of our current agreement is unacceptable.

We are doing everything we can to ensure that they are held accountable for their reckless disregard of educators' voices in our schools.

We will keep you informed of all future developments in this matter.

In Solidarity,

Jerry T. Jordan, President

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 8, 2014 11:15 pm

In other words, more simply stated,

"blah, blah, blah"

Again, they ACT, we run and hide

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 9, 2014 6:25 am

I know for a fact the SDP and PDE have communicated in terms of possible steps should Act 46 need to be enforced by all levels. In other words, getting PDE ready should PFT strike even though there has been no talks or reference towards that by PFT officials. Believe what you want but be warned there has been talks.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 9, 2014 10:16 am

Is this the best you can do PFT officials? the reply below (first paragraph by Jordan)
The PFT DID NOT AGREE to any of these changes, and has filed grievances on these and all other contract violations committed by the district.

More toilet paper (grievances) stacked who knows where.
Time to execute, expedite all the grievances you have tucked away out of sight,out of mind.

PFT just fills out paperwork by filing the grievances then they never follow up with them.Making them useless with the SDP getting no consequences
Time to get off your a-holes and start more drastic measures today-not next month or year.Thats too late.The SDP has no problems implementing rogue tactics.

Jordan, Kirsch, Weingarten, what is the plan?
Let the district just keep crapping on us and trampling a CONTRACT ?
(status quo contract means just that-no changes).

You may need more than one lawsuit ongoing. You let so many things pass by,over the years, that the District did in violation of the CBA -it's hard to catch up unless extremely strong measures are implemented NOW.We do not see anything but t lame talk that goes no where. You have to fight fire with fire.

Find a way to void Hite's contract (without any severance pay) and send him back to the hole he came from.Green can join him.Green acts bad yet is a total wuss.

Green works as a "lawyer, that daddy got him the job, yet he is totally reckless in tearing - up a legal document like the PFT contract.Shows what kind of lawyer he is to encourage this kind of conduct.

We need to get rid of Green just like the city council did.They were so happy he was handed another patronage job , as SRC chair by his master, Corbett. No one can stand the guy.Why we letting a political hack like Green,who only got anywhere just because of name recognition-(daddy and grand pappy).
He's a total failure in every endeavor he took on.All patronage connections to get any job Green he held.
He never helped the city out one bit in anything he did,especially as a city council member.They gave him a good riddance farewell.Booted him out the door.Like we should.

PFT officials you letting a shady politician like Green to run the show-as you passively stand by ??

Email Weingarten , Kirsch and Jordan and ask (aside from the useless grievances they file -since they do not execute grievances when filed) what are you doing, strategy, tactic, plan , anything?

jjordan@pft.org
tkirsch@aftpa.org
rweingarten@aft.org

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