PFT members to vote on contract extension tomorrow

Update: PFT officials aren't mum with just the press apparently. A PFT member tweeted me minutes ago that members have no idea what they're being asked to vote on at their meeting tomorrow night.

PFT spokeswoman Barbara Goodman said: "They will be informed at the meeting. Jerry will do a presentation about what the proposal is," she said.

Goodman said officials have kept details of the proposal under wraps that even she is without many details.

"They really don't want it out," she said.

But she assures that members will have ample time to discuss the matter. After discussion, members will take a voice vote, although that method is not entirely reliable, she said. Members will also vote by ballot, which will be administered by the American Arbitrators Association.

PFT members will vote tomorrw night on the contract extension agreed upon between union and district officials last week. The meeting, scheduled for 8:30p.m., at the Liacouras Center, is open to PFT members only.

PFT President Jerry T. Jordan will be available to the media immediately following the meeting in the Fox-Gittis Room.

Neither the union nor school district confirmed last week whether the deal includes concessions. The district has been seeking $75 million in concessions from its five unions to help close a $629 million budget gap. Jordan had adamantly refused to renegotiate.

He said in August that he refused to discuss concessions while controversial Supt. Arlene Ackerman was in charge. No telling if he's changed his mind now that Acting Supt. Leroy Nunery is in charge temporarily.