July 29, 1998 |
To no one's surprise, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ivan Itkin has won the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, which represents 140,000 public school teachers and employees. The union backing came Sunday during PSEA's convention, but the Itkin campaign did not announce it until yesterday. Ken Smukler, an Itkin campaign spokesman, said the PSEA endorsement would translate into "dollars, volunteers and enthusiasm. " "They're a politically sophisticated organization," Smukler said.
June 11, 2001 |
Three suburban school districts could face expired teachers' contracts before the next academic year begins, while some office workers in a fourth district want to join the Teamsters. Gary D. Smith of the Pennsylvania State Education Association said local unions are negotiating with school boards in Bensalem, in lower Bucks County, and in the Colonial and North Penn School Districts in Montgomery County. Teachers in Bensalem and North Penn have voted to authorize strikes if contracts are not worked out. The Bensalem contract expires July 1. Smith said a state mediator had set July 2 for the next bargaining session.
June 22, 2011
AS THE LEGISLATURE focuses on creating a school-voucher law that is - depending on where you sit - either a cure or a Dr. Kevorkian for public education, there's an interesting political backdrop in the picture. Members of Philly's legislative delegation, a group historically Democratic, pro-public schools and generously underwritten by teachers unions, are taking money from both sides of the debate. A review of campaign contributions from last year and so far this year shows pro-voucher interests spending significantly on Philly lawmakers.
October 31, 1990 |
The Pennsylvania State Education Association - the state's largest teachers' union - has more than 125,000 members, negotiates contracts in 482 of the state's 501 public school districts, and is part of the National Education Association, one of the nation's most powerful unions. What more could it want? Try Neshaminy. With 9,000 students and nearly 600 teachers, the Neshaminy School District in Bucks County is the largest of the three public school systems in the suburbs in which teachers are represented by the Pennsylvania Federation of Teachers.
August 14, 1986 |
The 120,000-member Pennsylvania State Education Association is expected to announce today its endorsement of Democrat Bob Edgar for senator and Republican William W. Scranton 3d for governor in the November election. Edgar, a U.S. representative from Delaware County, and Scranton, the lieutenant governor from Scranton, were notified yesterday that they would receive the sought-after backing of the PSEA, the statewide union of teachers and other school employees. Potentially hurt by the endorsements were those who did not get them: Sen. Arlen Specter, the Republican incumbent trying for a second term, and former Auditor General Robert P. Casey, the Democrat who defeated Edward G. Rendell in the gubernatorial primary.
August 28, 1986 |
Nearly 4,000 teachers in 11 suburban Philadelphia school districts are likely to strike by the first day of school next week, according to union negotiators. Although negotiations began in January, 18 local districts - and 101 districts across the state - are still without contracts, negotiators with the Pennsylvania State Education Association said yesterday during a news conference at the Barclay Hotel. As of yesterday, 120 districts represented by the PSEA had settled statewide, including eight in the Philadelphia suburbs.
July 5, 2001 |
Almost 300 support workers in the Downingtown Area School District - school secretaries, classroom aides, and clerks - recently became part of a small but possibly telling trend: They quit the Pennsylvania State Education Association and affiliated with the Teamsters. The Downingtown workers are the third group of suburban Philadelphia school-support employees to look to the Teamsters, and the second to actually make the move, in the last six months. Nationally, Teamsters officials say, only six other school locals have switched their allegiance, all of them west of the Mississippi.
April 12, 1992 |
The question of when a school strike disrupts education is now before the state Supreme Court, by way of a suit brought six years ago by four North Penn families and appealed by the state teachers' union. Lawyers for the families, school board and teachers' union argued the case Monday. It is not known when the court will rule. The case, stemming from a six-week 1986 North Penn teachers strike, asks the state to revise Act 195, which allows strikes by public employees, including teachers.
March 11, 1995 |
One of the harshest critics of public education in Pennsylvania has a new job - spokesman for the state Department of Education. Sean Duffy, president of the Pennsylvania Leadership Council, an anti-tax, pro-business organization, has been hired by Gov. Ridge to be the department's press secretary. A longtime antagonist of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), the state's largest state teachers' union, Duffy and his organization are advocates of so-called school choice as a way to shake up public schools.
October 20, 1991 |
The leadership of Pennsylvania's two major teachers' unions could be found last Monday doing what special-interest groups here do most: huddle and strategize about how best to influence legislators and legislation. It is a regular routine for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and the Pennsylvania Federation of Teachers (PFT), two of the most powerful lobbying groups in the capital. But by midweek, when the bill passed the state Senate, 48-0, the usually united front that the two unions have presented on many educational issues before the legislature fractured over the most critical one: proposed revision of Act 195, which in 1970 gave teachers and other public employees the right to strike.