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Head of teachers' union holds outdoor 'office hours'

By Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks on Aug 22, 2014 09:27 AM
Photo: Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Jerry Jordan, head of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, held office hours outdoors at Philly's School District headquarters. 

The head of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers held office hours al fresco yesterday at School District headquarters.

Jerry Jordan had to stay past the two-hour window he allotted to talk to members of the teachers' union outside District headquarters. He says his members are frustrated and are hoping someone will help.

"I am hearing horror stories. One of the things at the top of the list are the enormous amounts of money that teachers are spending on supplies. They are buying boxes of paper, because as one teacher told me, her principal said we do not have any money in the budget for supplies," Jordan said.

Andrew Guyon, a middle school math teacher in Philadelphia, says the financial demands on teachers are getting worse.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 22, 2014 2:08 pm

You notice that Green didn't sit at the table with Jerry. Jerry was at the table. See Gov Corbett, Jerry was at the table why wasn't anyone negotiating with him?

Submitted by Annony (not verified) on August 22, 2014 8:29 pm

Darrell Clark on raises for District Council 33:  ""Five years is far too long to go without a raise as the cost of living only rises," he said. Phila. Inquirer, 8/22/2014

What is Clark's position on raises for PFT members?  Charter school teachers?  Huh, Mr. Clark?

 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 23, 2014 10:06 pm

PFT members: Its' amazing that this December will mark 3 years with no raise!!! But District Council 33 gets a 3.5% raise on 9/1, 2.5% 7/15, and a $2,800 lump sum bonus. What do we get????? peanuts.

Submitted by Annony (not verified) on August 24, 2014 3:34 pm

Clark wants to be the next mayor.  If this is his position in salaries for public workers, then I'd like to know his position on salaries for public school teachers.  To date, Clark has not been very supportive of funding of Philly schools.  

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 24, 2014 2:16 pm

A raise, seriously? I would settle for my job back.

 

Submitted by Inthetrenches (not verified) on August 25, 2014 9:06 am

Why is the SDP hiring 10 Teach for American (TFA) teachers this year?  

 

See August SRC meeting:

 

"Categorical/Grant Fund: $27,500 Contract with Teach for America, Inc. – Highly Qualified 

Teachers in Critical Needs Subjects Alternative Route to Certification Program 
RESOLVED, that the School Reform Commission authorizes The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute, deliver, and perform a contract with Teach For America, Inc. to hire up to 10 new teachers at the School District's sole discretion for the 2014-2015 
school year, at a rate of $2,750 per teacher per year, for a total amount not to exceed $27,500, for the period commencing September 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. "
 
Submitted by Flabbergasted (not verified) on August 25, 2014 10:11 pm

Take note:  the $2,750 per teacher figure refers to the fact that TFA requires each district that hires its teachers to pay it a negotiated fee.

 

So each of these teachers is costing the district $2,750 PLUS the district's starting salary of $45,360.  

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 25, 2014 5:51 pm

OMG...There are so many teachers laid off and he brings in teacher with very less salary..

Submitted by Inthetrenches (not verified) on August 25, 2014 5:06 pm

TFA teachers have NO experience.  I assume they will be put in learning support (special ed) classrooms.  What a mess...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 25, 2014 7:45 pm

NOW you're catching on

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 25, 2014 7:19 pm

It is a cost cutting measure. He isn't interested in the children being taught, just have a body in the classroom. This is a disgrace and parents should be roaring angry that these folks should be standing in a classroom teaching their children!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 25, 2014 9:22 pm

The SRC has demonstrated time and time again that they are not honorable people. They refuse to honor any contract that was signed and negotiated with the unions. They are so terrible and should be personally held accountable for their decisions. If sued they should have to pay the damages personally not the taxpayers.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 26, 2014 1:26 pm

Jordan is such a fake , bogus union leader.Jordan pretending to care about members concerns with this way too late outside lame coffee klatch surrounded by all his plants and kiss -ups.

You call or email Jordan and he won't even reply, yet has this phony outdoor meeting.Get real Jerry.You only did it bcause the pressure put on you by members for your years of inaction and very weak leaderhip.

Of course members are frustrated , but mainly at yor poor ,ineffective leadership you demontrated for about a decade.

emal Jordan if you missed out on the outdoor pow wow with  Jerry. Ask him when he will execute grievances,legal proceedings and make sure the SDP is adereing to the CBA aNd get A DECENT CONTRACT 

jjordan@pft.org

 
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 26, 2014 1:13 pm

Jerry Jordan is better than CASA McGrogan. CASA sold out his members and CASA members are still getting laid off. PFT members are not laid and we are still not having salary cuts.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 28, 2014 8:52 pm

The pay cuts demise had nothing to do with Jerry Jordan. He just about admitted he would have accepted them until he got a lot of pressure from members.

i can just see the next union meeting pep rally ,all the plants ,kiss ups of Jerry ,(that he sticks his neck out for,unlike other members),patting Jordan on the back for no pay cuts.That is misplaced credit.

The members fought that battle .Jerry does fight anything.

Jerry what happen to all the so called grievance filed? Did they end up in the shredder?

email Jordan and ask him

jjordan@pft.org

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 26, 2014 1:47 pm

Jerry Jordan is better than CASA McGrogan. CASA sold out his members and CASA members are still getting laid off. PFT members are not laid and we are still not having salary cuts.

Submitted by Joe PFT (not verified) on August 28, 2014 9:43 pm

Principals had salary raises under Ackerman and have essentially returned to what they were making before.  

PFT members have not had a raise for years and the killer is for the people who attained educational credits for salary upgrades and were denied.  Yes: this happened to PFT members, including me, and it hurt and angered me after years of hard work.

There have, indeed, been layoffs of PFT members - hundreds of SSAs, nurses, counselors, and teachers - under Jordan.  You're lying if you say there haven't.

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