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PFT Serves District With Strike Notice
 
 
This morning, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President, Nina Esposito-Visgitis served Superintendent Anthony Hamlet with a strike notification to inform the Board that the PFT’s three bargaining units, which include over 3,000 professional, paraprofessional and technical clerical workers, will go on strike starting Friday, March 2.
 
 
Act 88 mandates that the District be provided with 48-hours’ notice of an impending strike. President Esposito-Visgitis stated, “We provided the district with a 96-hour notice in order to provide extra time for our students’ parents to secure childcare for their children, our students, and to provide the parties’ with sufficient time to reach tentative agreement on new contracts for the three bargaining units prior to the commencement of the strike.  We are hopeful that that extra time will allow the Federation and the District to work together to reach a fair agreement that both recognizes the professionalism and hard work of our members and serves the needs of our students and school system.”
 
President Esposito-Visgitis continued, “Since the beginning of these negotiations over eighteen months ago, the PFT and the District have reached a small number of signed tentative agreements on proposed terms.  None of these items includes salary, healthcare, equity for early childhood teachers, transfers, athletic coaches, or any of the other items outlined for members in the Fact-Finder’s report which was posted for public review in October, 2017.”
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