An Open Letter in Support of WE, from PFT Retirees

The below letter was written by the Caucus of Working Educators' Retiree Organizing Committee in support of WE in the upcoming PFT Election. Want to add you name? Email us at contact@workingeducators.org.

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Dear Fellow PFT Retirees,

No doubt our experiences teaching in the Philadelphia School District have varied greatly. Our role and involvement in our union were likely just as varied. Yet we can all agree that the protections given us by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers were essential and allowed us to have a career in teaching, leading to a comfortable retirement.

The attacks on our schools by the forces of austerity are placing that security in jeopardy for our colleagues in the classroom now. The PFT is half the size it once was. Staff and student rights, support services, protections and supplies are all disappearing- or already gone.

Who would have thought that historic institutions like Olney, Germantown, William Penn and Bok High Schools would be closed? So many jobs have been lost, we cannot sit by and let the critical work of educating our children become a "little while beginner job" in charters, instead of the lifetime vocation for certified professionals that we chose for ourselves.

How did this happen? The PFT has forgotten that our power comes from our own organized members and the communities we serve, rather than relying on politicians for political favors. We cannot help but notice that a union of 11,000 has not mobilized more than a few hundreds of members into action. Our union needs to be energized. The PFT needs to have a real discussion. There needs to be a real election campaign. We need a new leadership.

Chicago is not the only place fresh winds are blowing in urban public education. Over the last few years some of us in retirement have met the leading professionals in the Working Educators Caucus. We are impressed by them. We might even be a little envious that more energetic union folks like this weren't around in our day, and would like to get behind them. They know the PFT can and will lead the fight for public education. They deserve our support in this critical election.

The Caucus of Working Educators needs the support of retired educators in many ways, from donating funds to speaking to our former colleagues who are still in the field:

Now is the time for a newly revitalized PFT that can fight for our schools, students, and profession. We look forward to joining you in supporting the Caucus of Working Educators.

In Solidarity,

 

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How WE will lead: Meet the Candidates

Part of the #WEarePFT video series from the Caucus of Working Educators

All 9 officer candidates with the Caucus of Working Educators introduce themselves, explain why they are running for office in the 2016 PFT elections, and describe their vision for the future of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.

A new video released every day in Jan 2016 leading up to the PFT elections in Feb!

Ballots are mailed home on Feb.4. 
Mail your completed ballot to AAA by Feb.19 to make sure your vote is counted!
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Dispelling Rumors, Correcting Misinformation

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Because it's been so long since the last PFT election, many rank and file members are unfamiliar with the process of choosing their union leadership. As a result, we've encountered a lot of questions and points of confusion that deserve a response. Read on to find out what people are saying, and whether it's true or not.

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I VOTE for WE!

Part of the #WEarePFT video series from the Caucus of Working Educators

A new video released every day in Jan 2016 leading up to the PFT elections in Feb!

Ballots are mailed home on Feb.4. 
Mail your completed ballot to AAA by Feb.19 to make sure your vote is counted!
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I am voting for WE because...(Part 2)

Part of the #WEarePFT video series from the Caucus of Working Educators

A new video released every day in Jan 2016 leading up to the PFT elections in Feb!

Ballots are mailed home on Feb.4. 
Mail your completed ballot to AAA by Feb.19 to make sure your vote is counted!
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WE Are Making National Headlines!

Did you catch the coverage of Working Educators in national publications Salon and Labor Notes this week? Make sure every one of your colleagues and fellow PFT members have seen these articles!

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Salon.com: “11,000 smart, committed teachers can change the world”: A group of working Philadelphia teachers is looking to upset the status quo of the teachers union

 

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Labor Notes: Philly Teachers Go For It

 

Working Educators members were also all over the city for radio interviews last week:

-Listen to WE Presidential Candidate Amy Roat on The Rick Smith Show

-Listen to WE Slate Members on GTown Radio's Morning Feed

Want to hear from both candidates for PFT President in the same setting? Then check out Jerry Jordan on the Rick Smith Show too-- and then check out the full analysis here.

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I am voting for WE because...(Part 1)

Part of the #WEarePFT video series from the Caucus of Working Educators

A new video released every day in Jan 2016 leading up to the PFT elections in Feb!

Ballots are mailed home on Feb.4. 
Mail your completed ballot to AAA by Feb.19 to make sure your vote is counted!
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Pledge Your Vote for WE

The Caucus of Working Educators believes in the power of the rank and file members of the PFT. The most important way you can exercise that power in 2016 is to vote in the upcoming leadership election. Pledge your vote for WE today by filling out the electronic pledge card below! 

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WE can make a difference (Part 2)

Part of the #WEarePFT video series from the Caucus of Working Educators

A new video released every day in Jan 2016 leading up to the PFT elections in Feb!

Ballots are mailed home on Feb.4. 
Mail your completed ballot to AAA by Feb.19 to make sure your vote is counted!
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WE can make a difference (Part 1)

Part of the #WEarePFT video series from the Caucus of Working Educators

A new video released every day in Jan 2016 leading up to the PFT elections in Feb!

Ballots are mailed home on Feb.4. 
Mail your completed ballot to AAA by Feb.19 to make sure your vote is counted!
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