Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT)

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The PFT represents more than 11,000 dedicated women and men working in Philadelphia public schools today. PFT members include teachers, librarians, school nurses, counselors, psychologists and social workers, secretaries, paraprofessionals, classroom assistants, non-teaching assistants, supportive services assistants, Head Start/Comprehensive Early Learning Center and Bright Futures teachers and staff, food service managers and professional and technical employees.

The PFT:

  • Negotiates the collective bargaining agreement that establishes working conditions, salaries and benefits.
  • Administers union-won benefits, including dental, prescription and vision care services.
  • Assists members with work-related problems.
  • Offers professional development.
  • Promotes the use of research-based programs proven to raise student achievement.
  • Keeps members informed about education issues.
  • Advocates politically on behalf of members and students.

Note:  The above descriptive information came from the organization's About the PFT page.


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