Buffalo teachers contract negotiations continue

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After news of negotiations, and the agreement to meet up again, there may be a glimmer of hope for Buffalo teachers after 12 years without a contract.

Buffalo Teachers Federation president, Phil Rumore said he’s hopeful, but only time will tell if a contract comes out of this. Rumore said, “We started to narrow the issues, but we came to some issues that we really needed to do a lot more research on.”

After the latest meeting, the Buffalo Teachers Federation and the Buffalo Public School District agreed to meet again on Sunday at 4’oclock. BTF President Rumore could not elaborate any on of the specific issues that are still being ironed out due to a mutual agreement

In the past, we’ve reported on disagreements between the BTF and the district on issues like compensation, health and retirement benefits.

Local teacher, Nicole Donegan, told News 4 what her issues were back in September, she said, “We are not respected for what we do in the classroom, our salary is not comparable at all to any of our suburban colleagues.”

If talks go well on Sunday, ratification could come during a Monday BTF meeting. The President of the Board of Education has also called a meeting for Monday as well. They could vote on a contract – depending on how things go this weekend.

Rumore said, “We’re hopeful that that would be something that where we will have a meeting and we’ll have an agreement for them to ratify.”

While the BTF is optimistic of a good outcome, research on the outstanding issues still needs to be done, and both parties are working to ideally put the finishing touches on a contract during their next meeting.

Rumore said, “The bottom line is, it’s not over till it’s over, and even if there is one issue remaining that can prevent a contract, but we are hopeful that we’ll get something done.”

In a short statement, the district confirmed they had a meeting this Friday afternoon, the session concluded, and both parties have agreed to meet on Sunday.

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