32BJ SEIU, the union, voted to strike if it doesn’t have a brand new contract by August 31, the date its present contract expires, the union mentioned.
The union is asking for greater wages and ample coaching applications, calling the circumstances underneath the present contract “unacceptable.”
John Bynum, assistant district chief of the union, mentioned the varsity district has not skilled its academics to de-escalate severe conditions in colleges, together with lively shooter coaching.
“The Philadelphia College District must respect us, defend us, and pay us residing wages. Bus drivers, cleaners, and those that saved our colleges open throughout the pandemic had been known as important, now it is time for that to be mirrored in a good contract for Philadelphia College District staff,” mentioned Bynum.
Larisa Shambaugh, chief expertise officer for the College District of Philadelphia, mentioned she is hopeful that they will attain a good contract that “values and helps our staff.”
“We deeply worth the work of our employees who’re represented by 32BJ SEIU District 1201,” Shambaugh mentioned in an announcement. “We proceed to actively take part in conversations and negotiations to safe a brand new contract as quickly as attainable, with out disruption to in-person studying to start the 2022-2023 faculty yr.”
The workers included underneath the contract are primarily bus drivers, bus attendants, bus mechanics, constructing cleaners, constructing engineers and trades staff.
The employees agreed to pay cuts and necessary weekly contributions from their pay to assist fund the varsity district funds, retaining youngsters at school and sparing hundreds from unemployment resulting from faculty closures, in accordance with the union’s press launch.
“SEIU 32BJ members have proven their dedication to Philadelphia’s Public Faculties by way of the monetary disaster and a worldwide pandemic. They’re merely asking for pay and coaching that honors their dedication to PSD and is consistent with different union staff throughout the Metropolis of Philadelphia,” the press launch mentioned.