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PFT President Jerry Jordan on the Continued Escalation of Violence in Philadelphia

November 29, 2021

PHILADELPHIA—"I am outraged and heartsick that during the last several days, we have seen a further intensification of deadly violence in our beloved city. This afternoon, in broad daylight, while waiting for the bus, a young boy of only 14 years old was gunned down. Just yesterday, a 16 year old boy, Kanye Davis, was slain after being shot at least 8 times. Also yesterday, 21 year old Temple student Samuel Sean Collington was gunned down in an attempted robbery. All were students with their whole lives ahead of them, whose families, friends, and communities of loved ones are now left enduring the trauma of their loss.

PFT President Jerry Jordan on the Ongoing Scourge of Violence in Philadelphia

November 23, 2021

On the ongoing crisis of violence, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement:

PHILADELPHIA—"The level of loss, heartbreak, and of lives stolen and cut short due to the ongoing scourge of violence in Philadelphia is simply horrific. A multi-pronged approach to this emergency is desperately needed, and we need additional supports in our schools to provide needed resources for our young people.

PFT President Jerry Jordan on the House Passage of Build Back Better

November 19, 2021

PHILADELPHIA—"The Build Back Better act is a really big deal for Philadelphians, for Pennsylvanians, and for the entire nation. Quite frankly, it is a transformative bill that should serve as a very clear indicator that President Biden's agenda is strong, forward thinking, and driven by a deep commitment to bettering the lives of millions of people. 

"It is hard to overstate the impact this bill will have on Pennsylvanians. In many ways, it is a culmination of years of advocacy efforts. We have, year after year, fought tirelessly for the programs and services that BBB delivers. And yet, we should also see this as a new beginning-- an opportunity and obligation to do better, to do more, and to press forward. 

"I thank the members of the Philadelphia delegation who voted in favor of the bill. Despite Kevin McCarthy's most unhinged efforts to stymie free Pre-K and the entire bill, the will of the people prevailed today. I urge the Senate to immediately consider BBB and swiftly move it to the President's desk. The time is now.

PFT Testimony at Council Hearing on Facilities, Presentation of Letters Concerning Crisis

November 5, 2021

PHILADELPHIA—Today, PFT President Jerry Jordan and PFT Health & Welfare's Director of Environmental Science Jerry Roseman delivered testimony before City Council's License and Inspection Committee. They spoke in favor of Councilmember Derek Green's Bill 210865, which would create a series of oversight mechanisms geared towards addressing the School District's ongoing mismanagement of the facilities crisis.

PFT President Jerry Jordan Urges House Vote on Build Back Better, Infrastructure Bills

November 3, 2021

PHILADELPHIA—"The President's agenda has been clear since day one: historic, transformative investments in programs and services that make a difference in people's lives. The framework for President Biden's Build Back Better plan, paired with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, is a down payment on that plan.

"The time to vote on the Build Back Better plan is now.

"In Pennsylvania, passage of the BBB plan means real, tangible investments in programs for children and families that we have been fighting for for years: 

*Childcare for over 730,000 children up to age five 
*Free, quality preschool for an additional 204,000 children
*Extension and expansion of Child Tax Credit for hundreds of thousands of children

"The program does not stop there. It is a massive expansion of affordable healthcare, an investment in affordable housing, and a potentially transformative investment in tackling the urgent issue of climate change. Further, we urge the House to add back in the much needed paid leave provisions.

New PFT Report: COVID Safety Protocols and Necessary Course Corrections

September 21, 2021

PHILADELPHIA—In response to numerous concerns reported by school nurses, teachers, and other school staff, the PFT issued two surveys to analyze the issues and offer recommendations based on feedback from school nurses and our entire membership.

One survey, which took place from September 14-20, 2021, was a member-wide survey completed by 4,250 members. The second survey, for school nurses only, took place from September 15-20, 2021 and was completed by 97 school nurses.

The responses are a glaring indication that a series of course corrections, including those for which we have previously advocated, must be immediately implemented.

PFT President Jerry Jordan on Nursing Shortage, Urgent Course Corrections

September 9, 2021

PHILADELPHIA—"Amidst a surge of the even more transmissible 'Delta' strain of COVID-19 and amidst surges in childhood infections--against the backdrop of the majority of our students not even yet eligible for vaccination--the District's nursing shortage and related failures are especially dangerous.

"This nation has, rightfully, lauded the incredible efforts of our healthcare professionals throughout this pandemic. And yet, in the School District of Philadelphia, nurse vacancies abound, leaving our young people and school communities vulnerable.

PFT President Jerry Jordan on Settlement of a Tentative Agreement

September 1, 2021

PHILADELPHIA—"I was absolutely thrilled this evening to present our members with one of the strongest agreements in recent memory. It was the first on time agreement reached since before the SRC-era. This three-year tentative agreement was hard fought and brought us to the brink of a strike. This agreement is an incredibly strong step towards a more promising tomorrow for public education in Philadelphia. I am incredibly proud of the work this union has done in setting the agenda for an equitable public education system in our great city.