Pittsburgh Teachers Union Sets Strike Date

If No Deal Is Reached By Friday, Teachers Will Walk Off The Job

February 26, 2018 - 8:05 am

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PITTSBURGH (News Radio 1020 KDKA) - The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Union says it has served notice to superintendent of city schools Anthony Hamlet that members will strike this Friday, March 2nd if there's no contract agreement before then.

The PFT represents three bargaining units, teachers, paraprofessionals, and clerical works totalling more than 3-thousand members.

In a statement, Teachers Union President President Esposito-Visgitis says, “Since the beginning of these negotiations over eighteen months ago, the PFT and the District have reached a small number of signed tentative agreements on proposed terms.  None of these items includes salary, healthcare, equity for early childhood teachers, transfers, athletic coaches, or any of the other items outlined for members in the Fact-Finder’s report which was posted for public review in October, 2017."

Esposito-Visgitis tells the “KDKA Radio Morning News” they are giving 96 hours’ notice to give parents extra time in the event that teachers go on strike.

“We feel for our parents and our students. We want to be in the classroom . . . but to be honest we have used up all of our options and we really want the district to get moving and work with us authentically,” said Esposito-Visgitis.  

State law requires 48 hours' notice.

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