The top priority for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is getting a new contract for Philly’s educators. There currently is no tentative agreement, but we have been actively negotiating with the District.
Getting a new contract requires a full understanding of the procedures that are put in place to ensure a smooth ratification. In that spirit, I hope this information clears any confusion or misconceptions about the process:
Member Access to Contract Changes: The PFT has always given members the opportunity to read new contract language and changes before taking a vote.
- After we reach a tentative agreement with the District, we will provide members access to documents with all the agreed upon contract changes.
- Prior to our next Special Membership Meeting, the PFT will provide opportunities for members to receive a full explanation and ask questions about contract changes.
- A full explanation of contract changes will be given again at the Special Membership Meeting before a vote is taken.
- Unchanged contract provisions from the current contract will remain in effect. We encourage members to access the full contract document at PFT.org.
- “Editorial” changes (i.e., changing “Human Resources” to “Talent Office”) will not be highlighted with the contract changes.
Voting on a New Contract:
- Per the PFT Constitution, the American Arbitration Association must be at the Special Membership Meeting to officially ratify the vote on a contract.
- While a voice vote is taken at the meeting, the results are not official until the vote is certified by AAA. Members are welcome to stay after the Special Membership Meeting to witness the vote count.
- Special Admit cards will be mailed to members’ homes prior to the Special Membership Meeting. Members MUST have the card to enter the meeting.
We look forward to having a tentative contract agreement to present to members as soon as possible.