School district and union tentatively reach deal
PHILADELPHIA — A tentative deal has been reached between the Philadelphia School District and its blue-collar workers'' union, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The deal still needs to be ratified, but it appears to avert the layoff and privatization of more than 2,000 jobs of the members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ Local 1201, the article stated.
According to the article, while union officials confirmed the deal, they would not release specifics — including the number of layoffs that were averted — until members saw the terms.
"Under the four-year agreement that saves thousands of jobs, blue-collar workers will make direct contributions to keep schools open and to help the district solve budgetary problems," union officials said in a statement.
"This agreement will help keep public schools open, provide a clean and safe learning environment for our kids and save jobs for thousands of hardworking men and women," union Chief George Ricchezza said in the statement.
The union put nearly $20 million of concessions on the table in order to avoid the mass layoffs, the article noted.
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