District’s blue-collar union offers $25M in concessions

Threatened with the layoff of its entire workforce, the union representing 2,700 blue-collar workers in the Philadelphia School District has put more than $25 million in projected savings on the table – but the district has stopped talking. George Ricchezza, head of SEIU 32BJ, Local 1201, said he offered five years of no wage increases, […]

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Threatened with the layoff of its entire workforce, the union representing 2,700 blue-collar workers in the Philadelphia School District has put more than $25 million in projected savings on the table – but the district has stopped talking.

George Ricchezza, head of SEIU 32BJ, Local 1201, said he offered five years of no wage increases, reduced benefits, work rule changes, furlough days, and other concessions.

"The School District will not even get back to us," Ricchezza said Thursday afternoon.

Schools spokesman Fernando Gallard said the district had not broken off talks.

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