Congratulations to PFT President Jerry Jordan who, along with AFT Pennsylvania Pres Arthur Steinberg and Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Pres Nina Esposito-Visgitis, was named to City and State PA's 2022 Labor Power 100 list. Union strong!
PFT was well-represented at President Joe Biden’s historic speech at Independence Hall on Thursday evening! Pictured are Gemayel Keyes, Jacqueline Pinkston, Anndra Wilson, Kate Sundeen, Sarah Apt, PFT Staff Representative Ray Guzman, State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, and Councilmember Helen Gym.
August 31, 2022
PHILADELPHIA—"Again, Philadelphians woke up to news of more devastation wrought by the ongoing scourge of gun violence. A shooting outside of Willard Elementary School rocked the tight-knit community, leaving three hospitalized, including a 17 year old.
"When PFT staff representative Ray Guzman arrived at Willard before the school day began this morning, to provide support for staff and families, he reported seeing a bullet hole through the school window and a bullet impact on the school door. Individuals he spoke with reported feeling scared and overwhelmed.
Like so many of you, I still wake up on the first day back to school with excitement and anticipation--and today was no different! I was delighted to join two fantastic celebrations of the return to school; Councilmember Helen Gym and I joined staff, students, parents, and community partners to kick the day off at Dobbins CTE and Duckrey Elementary. The enthusiasm was contagious.