October 2, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Buffalo, NY – They came by the thousands, with New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) President Karen Magee telling WNYLaborToday.com she believed the number to be as many as 5,000, to voice their displeasure about working without a contract for more than 12 years now – and it’s a sure bet Buffalo’s Board of Education heard their message, loud and clear.
A literal sea of signs – which read: A New Contract NOW! – filled Niagara Square outside City Hall on Wednesday (September 28th) as the city’s Public School Teachers represented by the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) repeatedly roared the answer “yesterday” when asked by BTF President Phil Rumore when they wanted a contract.
If Buffalo Teachers are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore, they certainly came out in force to make to their point as many in the Western New York Labor Community described the massive rally as one of the largest – if not the largest ever – public action taken by Buffalo Teachers, and one of the largest Union rallies held in recent memory.
“Look at this ‘Union Solidarity’ and ‘you’re’ part of it. This is the ‘largest demonstration the BTF has ever had,’” Rumore (pictured below) told the assembled Teachers. “(The Board of Education) ‘had better come up with’ a contract (offer) before October (17th) for ‘all the hard work you do’ and one that ‘reflects your dedication and support’ (for Buffalo’s schoolchildren).”
The BTF is upset with the Board of Education in light of the latest round of negotiations “not going well” after several positive and recent movements at the bargaining table. Rumore said the board has now refused to sign off on proposals that were previously accepted by both sides. To read more click on the following link