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Philadelphia School Administrators Approve Teamsters Contract

New Partnership with School District Reflects Many Improvements  
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(PHILADELPHIA) – Members of Teamsters Local 502/Commonwealth Association of School Administrators (CASA) have overwhelmingly ratified a four-year agreement with the School District of Philadelphia.

The contract covers 550 school administrators with Local 502/CASA and includes long overdue wage increases and bonuses. In 2014, administrators had agreed to reductions in pay to help the district through a budget crisis.

The agreement includes a return to a 12-month schedule for principals. It also establishes critical committees to address working conditions, due process, principal evaluations, wage compression issues and viable health care options.

“It was a hard-fought battle, but we are pleased to be moving forward. We are extremely happy with what we were able to negotiate, including key language around working conditions,” said Dr. Robin Cooper, President of Local 502/CASA. “This contract will ensure our schools are adequately staffed and CASA members are safe. The school district has agreed to put in adequate resources to make sure that happens.”

"The significance of this agreement must be recognized as a large step forward for many. After many years of austerity, the parties negotiated a contract that balances the needs of students, as well as the principals and other key administrators who manage one of the largest school systems in the United States,” said Michael Filler, Director of the Teamsters Public Services Division.

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