Philly teachers poised to ink new ‘on time’ deal with 3% raises

Philadelphia educators are on the verge of approving a new, three-year contract …

A voice vote among members Wednesday night suggested the contract will be formally ratified in the coming weeks, according to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT). Union President Jerry Jordan said 93% of members at the Wednesday meeting voted in favor of the deal.

“Today I come bearing good news,” said Jordan. “I’ll be honest. I’m a little relieved.”

The PFT — which represents classroom teachers, nurses, paraprofessionals, and an assortment of other school staff — reached a tentative agreement with district leaders late Tuesday night, just hours before its old contract expired.

“There were some tough negotiations,” said Jordan. “And yes, we were on the brink of a strike vote.”

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