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Richard Gordon IV

Paul Robeson High School for Human Services principal Richard Gordon IV was recently named Black Enterprise Magazine’s 2019 Modern Day Man of Distinction Award. Gordon has been the principal of Robeson since 2013.

“The greatest honor I can have professionally is to represent our outstanding staff members, students, families, community partners, and advocates of Paul Robeson High School for Human Services,” Gordon said in a statement. “Their collegiality, leadership, and significant contributions to our school is advancing educational opportunities so that our kids can truly be the “next generation” of leaders in Philadelphia. I honored to serve with all of you.”

Black Enterprise Magazine is the premier resource for Black entrepreneurs, Black-owned businesses, career, tech, and money content for African Americans.

The goal of the BE Modern Man of Distinction Award is to recognize men who epitomize the magazine’s tagline “Extraordinary is our normal” in their day-to-day lives, presenting authentic examples of the Black man rarely seen in mainstream media.

District reaches contract with food service workers, student climate staff

The School District of Philadelphia ratified a new four-year union agreement with Unite Here Local 634, which represents the District’s food service workers and student climate staff. The new agreement will run from Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2023.

“The members of Unite Here Local 634 play a critical role in providing all of our students safe, healthy and supportive school environments,” said Dr. William R. Hite, superintendent. “We are grateful for their dedication to this important work each and every day, and we are pleased that we have reached an agreement that benefits these hard-working employees, as well as our students and our schools.”

The agreement contains a number of important improvements for employees, including increasing the wage scale; paying employees who participate in the District’s Good Food Committee; enrolling student climate staff in health care coverage, provided they reach the eligible hours effective during the 2020-2021 school year; increasing the perfect attendance bonus; language protecting the Health and Welfare Fund of Local 634; and providing greater flexibility for staff.

The organization represents approximately 850 food service workers, 100 early childhood food service workers and 1,000 student climate staff members.

“We are very proud of the improvements we attained during our negotiations with the School District and appreciate the support we received from people in the community,” said Nicole Hunt, president of Unite Here Local 634. “Our members play an important role in making sure the children are safe and well-fed while in our schools. We thank the School Board and District for recognizing our contribution to the continuing success of the District.”

chill@phillytrib.com (215) 893-5716

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