Teachers in Buffalo to hold informational pickets next week

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo teachers, who have been without a new contract for more than 10 years, will be holding two informational pickets next week.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, teachers will picket for a half hour before their scheduled time to report to class. The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) says the picket will not interfere with students coming to school or block anyone from entering a school.

“There needs to be a new contract now – one that reflects Buffalo teachers’ dedication to our students. That should not be too much to ask for,” BTF President Phil Rumore said.

After these pickets, the BTF says teacher will hold additional informational pickets every Wednesday, which is the day the Board of Education meets.

“We hope that there is a contract but there’s a lot of talk whether we go on strike or not, that’s the ultimate last resort. If we’re pushed to the wall, something might have to happen, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think that hopefully everybody will realize Buffalo teachers work in very difficult circumstances. We’re $20,000 behind everybody in other cities,” Rumore said.

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