Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Endorse Al Taubenberger


 PHILADELPHIA, PA  —  The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) has endorsed Republican Al Taubenberger for Philadelphia City Council (At-Large).  The formal endorsement vote and announcement took place at the PFT Executive Board’s evening meeting of September 29, 2015.

“Throughout our endorsement process, Al Taubenberger demonstrated a clear understanding of the serious concerns of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers,” said PFT President Jerry Jordan.  “Al understands that, in order to improve outcomes for the school children of Philadelphia, it’s incumbent upon city and state government officials to fully support the talented men and women of the PFT.  We are proud to endorse Al for City Council.”

The coveted endorsement of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is the third high-profile union endorsement of Taubenberger’s candidacy, following the earlier endorsements of Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 and Philadelphia Firefighters & Paramedics Union Local 22.

“I am deeply humbled by the endorsement of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers,” says Taubenberger.  “I am a proud product of Philadelphia’s public schools system, as are all of my children.  My wife is a retired public school teacher and a member in good standing of the PFT. Our city’s dedicated, unionized public school teachers, administrators and nurses are the first and best line of defense to ensure that the city’s children are well-educated in safe and nurturing school environments.  The members of the PFT are deserving of our respect and support.  If I am fortunate enough to be elected to City Council, I will be a strong advocate for the PFT and the school children of Philadelphia.”