RESOLUTION NO. 68 – SUPPORT PHILADELPHIA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS TO PROTECT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS

SUPPORT PHILADELPHIA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS
TO PROTECT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) and the Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC) are parties to a collective bargaining agreement that expired on August 31, 2013; and

WHEREAS, since 2001, the School Reform Commission has negotiated four successive collective bargaining agreements with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, all without the necessity of intervention by any court; and

WHEREAS, the SRC has filed a Petition with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania requesting permission to unilaterally implement changes to certain provisions of the collective bargaining agreement affecting, seniority, layoffs, recall, staffing levels  and subcontracting; and

WHEREAS, the SRC has refused to continue to bargain over these and other matters contained in the longstanding and successive collective bargaining agreements between the Parties; and

WHEREAS, the SRC is asking the Supreme Court for extraordinary relief that would undermine the process and procedure of collective bargaining and trample upon the hard won collective bargaining rights of every public employee throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS, this is but another attempt by a Philadelphia public employer to obtain leverage by judicial intervention to affect the collective bargaining process to the detriment of a Union and the workers that the Union represents;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO assembled at its Constitutional Convention, together with all of its affiliated organizations, who collectively represent over eight hundred thousand working men and women throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including public sector employees in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its school districts, hereby condemn this cynical attempt by the Philadelphia School Reform Commission and the School District of Philadelphia  to circumvent and undermine  the collective bargaining process between the District and the Federation; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Delegates in this Constitutional Convention demand that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission and the School District of Philadelphia immediately withdraw this flagrantly anti-union and anti-collective bargaining legal action in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO join with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and all those individuals, public officials and Labor Organizations who place historic and immediate value on unions being a voice of workers at the workplace in asking that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court deny the Petition of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission and not place itself in the posture of disturbing the process and practice of Collective Bargaining.

Submitted by: PHILADELPHIA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

Referred to:     Resolutions Committee

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