PSEA is a community of education professionals who make a difference in the lives of students every day.
Phoenixville EA member John Odell is in his second successful career after 24 years with the Army.
PA’s minimum teacher salary ($18,500) hasn’t increased since 1988. PA's minimum wage ($7.25), hasn’t been raised since 2009, and is lower than all neighboring states.
PSEA is committed to making changes aimed at protecting everyone who works and learns in our schools.
In January, the Senate Education Committee passed Senate Bill 229 - legislation that eliminates minimum sick and bereavement leave standards for Pennsylvania's educators, nurses, and support professionals.
PSEA strongly opposes this plan.
The bill interferes with school employees' collective bargaining agreements, and disproportionately affects women, who are more likely to take parental leave.
"This bill is a major step backwards, particularly for women, and lacks compassion or common sense," said PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak. "With all the problems the Legislature has to solve, it's a mystery why the Senate Education Committee made this issue a priority."
Currently, there is no additional action scheduled on SB 229. The state Legislature will return to session until mid-March.