Pinellas faculty council recommends 'yes' vote on revised contract
Representatives from Pinellas County's teachers union have officially recommended a "yes" vote on the latest proposed contract with the School Board before teachers vote at their schools on Thursday.
The Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association faculty representative council met Tuesday night to question, debate and clarify some of the language that was restored in the contract, especially surrounding changes regarding planning period and additional duties. Out of roughly 100 council members who each represent a school, only three voted to recommend a "no" vote.
"The overall feeling was that we were happy enough to vote for it," said council chairwoman Christine York-Amstutz.
PCTA president Mike Gandolfo felt confident that the contract will be ratified on Thursday.
"I think they felt like this was a step in the right direction," he said.
Negotiators went back to the bargaining table after 77 percent of teachers overwhelmingly rejected the previous negotiated contract, which omitted language regarding physical education teachers and guidance counselors as well as first-year teachers' eligibility for extended leave.
If a majority of instructional staff were to vote in favor of the agreement on Thursday, a special School Board meeting would be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday to approve the contract. The union represents about 7,600 teachers.