Buffalo Teachers Federation Responds To The School District Breaking Off Contract Negotiations At City Honors Negotiations, Says District Rejected BTF Offer To Bring In Impartial Mediator
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Although the Buffalo School District is apparently trying to convince the Buffalo Community that it is willing to continue negotiations at City Honors, the Buffalo Teachers Federation says that is not true.
In a letter sent to the District, the BTF said it “considers insulting and demeaning,” despite the fact the Teachers Union’s most recent counter proposal to the District called for the parties to:
- Jointly seek the assistance of a Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) or a mutually agreed upon mediator to assist the parties in resolving this issue.
- Jointly delaying the scheduled legal proceedings and arbitration hearings relating to the implementation of the City Honors School Arbitration Award.
- Delaying Teacher transfers/reduction in force at City Honors School, while both sides are in mediation “in an attempt to reach a mutually-acceptable resolution of this issue.”
- The District “did indeed end” the negotiations by calling the BTF Proposal “moot.”
In the BTF letter, BTF President Phil Rumore said the District has “broken off” negotiations, “but is making an obvious attempt to obfuscate the fact the District, despite our offer to seek an impartial mediator has rejected our proposal and broken off negotiations.”
For More On This Labor News Story, As Well As Copies Of The District’s and BTF’s Letter, Go To: http://www.btfny.org/press/district_breaks_off_city_honors.pdf
And For More, Read: City Honors Parents Rally To Save Teaching Positions, at: http://buffalonews.com/2018/02/08/city-honors-parents-rally-to-save-teaching-positions/