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School District principals accept new labor deal

The school district and the union representing public school principals and administrators reached a new deal allowing for pay cuts and changes in work rules.

School District of Philadelphia headquarters on North Broad Street. Credit: Wiki Commons. School District of Philadelphia headquarters on North Broad Street. Credit: Wiki Commons.

The school district and the union representing public school principals and administrators reached a new deal.

According to the new pact between the district and the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators, principals will see salary cuts and will also start paying toward their health benefits.

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There will also be no "across the board" raises for the life of the contract; CASA also agreed the district can use other means other than seniority when deciding on layoffs; and instead of working 12-months a year, they will now work 10.

The new pact, which will still require School Reform Commission approval, will be retroactive from Sept. 1, 2013 and will extend through Aug. 31, 2016.

The school district said the changes will save about $20 million over the course of the three-year deal.

The district asked the unions representing school employees for $130 million in savings spread out over a 5-year period.

There is still no pact between the schools and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which is still negotiating with the district.

In regards to the PFT, schools spokesman Fernando Gallard said "Negotiations are ongoing."

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