Philadelphia Teachers Union Head Says No to Contract Worth $100M

The president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has no plans to take the city school district's latest contract offer to union members – characterizing it as "disrespectful" to Philly's school teachers who have been working without a deal for several years.

The contract proposal came about earlier this month, but Jerry Jordan, of the PFT, criticized the offer for not including incentives to keep teachers in the city's public school system, according to an Inquirer report.

The district's four-year offer included $32 million in bonuses for hard-to-staff schools, and brings back "step" pay bumps that reward teachers for years of experience, the Inquirer said. However, the proposal did not retroactively pay members for the past few years they were under a pay freeze and it also did not account for the years of experience accumulated during that time period.

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