Judge Temporarily Bars SRC From Imposing Terms on Teachers (The Inquirer)
October 20, 2014
By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Common Pleas Court judge Monday granted the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' request for a preliminary injunction to halt the School Reform Commission's plans to impose changes to teachers' health-care benefits.
After hearing nearly four hours of testimony, Judge Nina Wright Padilla issued the short order from the bench without elaborating.
Her ruling prevents the SRC - at least for now - from implementing the broad changes it approved when it voted Oct. 6 to cancel the PFT contract and require union members to contributed to the cost of their health-care premiums beginning in December.
The PFT had asked for the injunction to maintain the status quo while the courts took up the larger issue of whether the SRC had the legal authority to do what it did.
"The judge's decision - we're pleased with it," PFT President Jerry Jordan said moments after the judge issued the order. "We hope it will end here, but we're pretty sure it won't."
District spokesman Fernando Gallard said the SRC will appeal to Commonwealth Court.
"We expect this to be just one of many legal steps we will have to take. We are now moving on to the next," he said.