“My allegiance is to the school district,” Wilson said. “(The CBA is) an agreement between the employees and the school district. It’s not an us versus them thing. I think people look at the CBA in the wrong way.”
Last year, the district and PFT butted heads over a heavy round of teacher furloughs. The district wanted to base the furloughs on several factors including teacher effectiveness and seniority, but the PFT would not allow any factor beyond seniority to be taken into consideration and Wilson agrees.
In addition to being a retired PPS teacher and working with the PFT president, Wilson also served as a liaison to the district’s human resources department. Instead of seeing her background as a deterrent, Wilson sees it as a strength.
“Over the years, my knowledge of the people within the administration building, knowing the inner workings of the schools is valuable. I’ve been involved in the education system in Pittsburgh for such a long time and this allows me to continue working in the education arena,” Wilson said. “I’m pleased to be able to continue to do a job for a school district I believe in with the support of people who wanted me there.”
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