PFT President Jerry Jordan Reelected To New Term

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Jerry T. Jordan will serve another four-year term at the helm of the state’s largest school-employee union, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, after running unopposed for President.
It is only the second time in the union’s 47-year history that a standing president has run unopposed.
“I am honored to have the privilege to serve our dedicated teachers and support staff who give so much to our students every day,” Jordan said. “This is an extraordinarily challenging time for Philadelphia educators, parents and students, but I will never stop advocating for teachers and staff to have the resources they need to ensure that students have the opportunity to get a good education.
Also elected was Jordan’s slate, the CB (Collective Bargaining) Team, for PFT Executive Board as well as delegates for the 2012 American Federation of Teachers’ biennial convention and the 2013 AFT Pennsylvania state convention.
“Too often, the remedies to School District budget problems target students, public schools, teachers and staff disproportionately,” Jordan added. “You can’t provide a 21st-century education by stripping schools of every last resource.” Jordan has been president of the PFT since 2007.
His new term begins Jul. 1. Jordan joined the School District of Philadelphia as a Spanish language and English as a Second Language teacher in 1976.
He joined the union that year and served as a PFT building representative, legislative representative on the Executive Board, a PFT staff representative, a special assistant to the PFT President and general VP. He has been a member of the PFT Negotiating Team since 1992 and chief negotiator since 2000.
Jordan was elected at an Executive Board meeting when PFT Secretary Freda Sydnor-Joell cast a single ballot on behalf of Jordan and his slate, as specified in the PFT Constitution. The new PFT officers, Executive Board Members and delegates are listed on the PFT’s website, www.pft.org.
In the meantime, Jordan has gone to arbitration over the School District’s laying off 47 nurses. Most schools are now without full-time nursing care, though the District says it has a system in place to take care of students with medical histories.

...Jerry Jordan (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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