The suspensions would be temporary, Gallard said.
Eliminating seniority, a basic labor-union value, "would allow the district to recall certain employees based on the specific needs of students rather than the length of service of employees," Hite told The Notebook website.
The suspensions of the code, allowed under the 2001 state takeover that created the SRC, "gives the district the greatest flexibility possible when recalling staff back to work," Gallard said.
Suspending the code would also allow the financial flexibility on hiring school nurses who aren't certified for the position. Current school nurses would remain, but upcoming openings could be filled with lower-paid nurses, Hite told the website.
School-nurse advocate Eileen Duffey said she wasn't surprised by the news and suspects Hite has been working on such a plan in the background for months.
Hite, she said, will "stoop to whatever level to save money . . . He's been looking for ways to get nurses for cheaper."
Bob McGrogan, president of the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators, said he's already placed a call to the union's attorney.
"If these adjustments the SRC is making would interfere with the reduction in force and restoration rights that are explicitly dealt with in our contract, then that is certainly something we would contest," McGrogan said.
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan said in a statement the SRC was "sending many messages" with the last-second meeting, "none of them good for schools, children or families."
"By seeking to suspend work rules even as we talk every day at the bargaining table, they are negotiating in bad faith," Jordan said in the statement.
"The PFT will pursue all legal options to address the SRC's latest maneuver."
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