School District of Philadelphia workers contract: Union ratifies new agreement

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The union representing workers in the Philadelphia school district ratified a new contract Saturday, just over a week after a deal averted a strike.

SEIU 32BJ union said the four-year deal “achieves historic wage increases and essential training for union members”.

“This contract also recognizes the tremendous contributions and sacrifices that 32BJ school workers have made to the Philadelphia School District over the past decade, including risking their lives to keep children in school during the pandemic,” said John Bynum, SEIU 32BJ Assistant District Director for Philadelphia Schools.

The school board will review and vote on this at the September meeting, Superintendent Tony Watlington said.

“Thank you to each and every one of our cleaning, engineering, maintenance and transportation staff as we continue to work together to support healthy and safe in-person learning for every student this school year,” added Watlington.

A strike had been approved by the union and, if no agreement had been reached, it could have started days into the new school year.

However, the agreement reached at the end of last week prevented this result.

The contract covers around 2,000 service employees, including bus drivers, mechanics, cleaners, craftsmen and servants.

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