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PFT PRESIDENT JERRY JORDAN ON VICTORY OF GOVERNOR-ELECT JOSH SHAPIRO & LT. GOV-ELECT AUSTIN DAVIS

November 8, 2022

In response to this evening's election results, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement:

PHILADELPHIA—"Pennsylvanians can rest a little easier tonight knowing that the next Governor of our great Commonwealth will govern for all of us. On behalf of Philadelphia's 13,000 educators, I offer my sincere congratulations to Governor-elect Josh Shapiro and Lt. Governor-elect Austin Davis on their resounding victory today.

PFT President Jerry Jordan on Shooting Death of 13-Year-Old Child in West Oak Lane

October 10, 2022

PHILADELPHIA—"Our city is once again reeling from the murder of a child-- a thirteen year-old-boy in West Oak Lane whose life was stolen from him, robbed of his future dreams and aspirations, never to even graduate eighth grade. My heart breaks for all who knew and loved him: his family, his friends, his neighbors, the entire Wagner Middle School community; the impact of such a tragedy is measureless.

PFT President Jerry Jordan on the Shooting Outside of Roxborough High School

September 27, 2022

In response to the shooting outside Roxborough High School, leaving one student dead and five injured while playing football, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement:

PHILADELPHIA—"I am horrified, heartbroken, and enraged by the shooting of five students this afternoon outside Roxborough High School at a football scrimmage. I am gutted to learn that one child--just fourteen years old--has died. This shooting should shake us all to our core: five teenagers playing football after school--on the purported safety of school grounds, only to have their lives, and the lives of those they know and love, forever altered. 

PFT President Jerry Jordan on Murder of Tiffany Fletcher, Ongoing Crisis of Gun Violence

September 10, 2022

In the wake of the murder of Tiffany Fletcher, killed by a stray bullet while working outside of Mill Creek Recreation Center, and the ongoing scourge of gun violence, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement:

PHILADELPHIA—"We grieve for Tiffany Fletcher’s children and all of her loved ones, and for all impacted by this horrific tragedy and by the ongoing devastation of gun violence. For Ms. Fletcher’s life to be cut short because of a stray bullet while she was working at a community recreation center is just unconscionable. To Ms. Fletcher’s family, and to all that knew and loved her, I offer my deepest sympathy on behalf of the PFT.

PFT President Jerry Jordan on Shooting Outside Willard Elementary

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.

PFT President Jerry Jordan on Biden-Harris Administration's Plan for Student Debt Relief

August 24, 2022

PHILADELPHIA—Responding to the Biden-Harris Administration's student loan forgiveness announcement, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement:

"Once again, President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are delivering on their campaign promises-- this time in the form of major student debt relief that will 'provide more breathing room to America’s working families' as part of a 'comprehensive effort to address the burden of growing college costs and make the student loan system more manageable.'

PFT President Jerry Jordan Expresses Solidarity with 32BJ SEIU Members After Their Strike Vote, Urges Swift Settlement of a Fair Contract for Workers

August 22, 2022

Following 32BJ SEIU's  strike authorization vote, and amidst their ongoing contract negotiations, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement of support:

PHILADELPHIA—"The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers stands united in solidarity with our union siblings at 32BJ SEIU as they work towards the settlement of a fair contract in advance of its August 31st expiration.