Buffalo teachers rally for better pay and staff
BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — Buffalo teachers plan to rally outside City Hall, demanding better salaries, among other things.
A press release from the Buffalo Teachers Federation, the union representing many teachers in Queen City, claims that “Buffalo teachers’ salaries are several thousand dollars lower than those in other school districts.”
“It takes twenty-seven (27) years for Buffalo teachers to reach maximum salary; while it takes other school districts on average twenty-one (21) to twenty-two (22) years to reach the maximum salary,” the Buffalo Teachers Federation said.
Salary is not the only problem to be solved. Staffing is another complaint Buffalo public school teachers have had. In its rally announcement, the Buffalo Teachers Federation called class sizes “excessive” and said “teaching conditions are unacceptable” due to “insufficient support”.
They say the rally, which will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., was not scheduled until last Monday. The union expects to see at least one or two people from each school or site.
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