Collective BargainingThe Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT) represents the following employee groups: Teachers and other Professional Employees, Paraprofessionals and Technical-Clerical employees. Five-year Collective Bargaining agreements for all three groups expired June 30, 2015. Since June 30, 2015, the District and the PFT have engaged in a collective bargaining process using the following over-arching goals to shape the process and advance the District’s work:
- To engage in a bargaining process that is respectful, professional and not disruptive to the education of children or the confidence of the community.
- To advance the goal of making the Pittsburgh School District fiscally sound, academically strong and one of first choice for students, families, teachers and other staff.
On May 18, 2016, the Board approved two-year extensions of collective bargaining agreements for the District’s 2,244 Teachers and Professional Employees, 568 Paraprofessionals and 20 Technical-Clerical employees. Members of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers voted to ratify the extensions on May 16, 2016.
The administration and PFT did not reach an agreement on negations after the interim two-year agreement expired in June 2017. Negotiations continued through June 30, 2017, still with no agreement made, which prompted an objective third-party Fact Finding process, completed by a neutral fact-finder appointed by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board in October.
On February 28, 2018, Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers reached tentative agreements on contracts for the District’s 2,400 teachers, 565 paraprofessionals, and 20 technical-clerical employees, capping months of negotiations and extending the city’s tradition of remaining strike-free for more than four decades.
The tentative 3-year agreements will be presented to the PFT Executive Board. If the Executive Board members approve these agreements, the PFT will send them to members for ratification by a secret ballot vote.
Arrangements are being made for the Board of Directors of the School District of Pittsburgh to vote on the proposed agreement.