News and Alerts


 
2019-2020 School Year
 
January 30, 2020
Issues/Updates
We will be demonstrating our support for our football teams (and other similarly harmed students) by wearing the “Support BPS Football” stickers << Read More >>
 
January 28, 2020
Updates
As you know from the media and BTF emails, our football teams were to be excluded from the Erie County Interscholastic Conference (ECIC). << Read More >>
 
January 16, 2020
Hit the Slopes with the BTF at Kissing Bridge
Join us this mid-winter break for a fun day of skiing and snowboarding at Kissing Bridge. All BTF members, and their families, are invited. << See Flyer >>
 
December 13, 2019
Rochester Teacher Layoffs
Over one hundred fifty (150) Rochester teachers will be laid off next week as a result of a newly discovered sixty-eight million dollar ($68 million) deficit. Yes, right before the holidays. << Read More >>
 
December 12, 2019
Attention Buffalo Retired Teachers - Health Insurance Grievance Survey
In order for the Buffalo Teachers Federation to prepare for a grievance and legal action regarding the unilateral changes to retiree healthcare benefits that will be implemented on January 1, 2020, please complete... << Read More >>
 
December 2, 2019
Updates
Thanks to you, hundreds of families not only had food for Thanksgiving, but also hundreds of families will receive food in the upcoming weeks. As always, food is picked-up for distribution by The Community Action Organization, Buffalo City Mission, The Gloria Parks Community... << Read More >>
 
November 18, 2019
Attention Buffalo Retired Teachers - Unilateral Changes to Your Healthcare
We have received copies of the proposed changes to your healthcare. You are to receive the healthcare benefits to which you were entitled to when you retired. There can be no unilateral changes. We have agreed to no changes other than those for teachers who retired under our last contract. << Read More >>
 
November 13, 2019
Updates
“Snow Days” Also Note: While stating that the schools in your area are closed, in and of itself, may not be used as the sole reason for not being able to report in Buffalo, it can be used as evidence that you could not report in Buffalo. << Read More >>
 
November 8, 2019
Updates/Concerns
As per the Executive Committee and Council of Delegates briefing, the BTF has filed for impasse in our negotiations, thereby seeking the assistance of the Public Relations Employee Board. << Read More >>
 
November 7, 2019
School Safety/Learning Conditions
In order to determine the extent, areas of concern and locations of unacceptable school safety and learning conditions, we have combined two recent surveys. We need your assistance to determine the issues... << Read More >>
 
October 24, 2019
Updates
Our most recent (10/22/19) negotiations involved unacceptable and belligerent behavior by the District’s Chief Negotiator. It also involved an attempt by the District to link a previously agreed to District, yes District proposal... << Read More >>
 
October 10, 2019
Updates
In negotiations, the District doesn’t seem to believe the number of students you, as with most teachers, must service, e.g your case load, but also the extraneous duties you have been assigned that impact on the time you have to provide support services to students. << Read More >>
 
October 8, 2019
Legal Action - Art and Music in High School
The District is continuing its assault on Art and Music not only in the elementary grades but also in our High Schools. Our High School students are being deprived of the opportunity for Art, Choir, Band, Orchestra, Dance, Theater... << Read More >>
 
October 2, 2019
Updates
As you may know, we have 3 new Labor Relations Specialists (LRSs) assigned to BTF. They are filling the positions of Dennis Licherelli (retired from NYSUT – now working for our Supplemental Benefit Fund at BTF – which he helped start), Deana Fox and Anna Geronimo, who both transferred to other assignments. << Read More >>
 
September 30, 2019
Negotiations Response
In answer to some Board members’ inquiries, as we left negotiations on September 25, 2019, we advised your negotiating team that on the next day, September 26, 2019, we would be meeting with both... << Read More >>
 
September 27, 2019
Superintendent’s and Board’s Contract Proposals
The BTF Council of Delegates was so angered by an overview of the contract proposals, apparently approved by the Superintendent and Board of Education, a motion was unanimously passed to forward the overview to all Buffalo teachers. While most of the Superintendent’s and Board’s proposals were met with anger... << Read More >>
 
September 19, 2019
Updates
Below is an update of the Hispanic Heritage TV spots to be aired, in support of the Hispanic Community, on WIVB/WNLO. Great demonstration of solidarity. Thank you for sending the Superintendent and Board the message that they will never break our solidarity... << Read More >>
 
September 18, 2019
Support for Auto Workers
Buffalo teachers are asked to join the striking UAW autoworkers on their picket line. As One Union Goes, All Unions Go. As One Union Succeeds, All Unions Succeed... << Read More >>
 
September 16, 2019
Solidarity Rally
THE SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 BOARD MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED FROM CITY HALL TO WATERFRONT SCHOOL. OUR SOLIDARITY RALLY WILL TAKE PLACE IN FRONT OF WATERFRONT.. << Read More >>
 
September 13, 2019
Solidarity Rally - Signs Available
Signs demanding action on a new, excellent contract and protesting the insulting treatment of Buffalo teachers by the Superintendent and School Board are available at BTF Headquarters (8 am-5 pm—271 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201—(716) 881-5400)... << Read More >>
 
September 11, 2019
School Supplies
Teachers, as well as some parents, have registered concerns relating to the number and cost of items some students are asked to bring to school. Indeed, many teachers are, as is too often the case, paying for the supplies themselves... << Read More >>
 
September 9, 2019
School Bus Issues
Once again we are hearing serious concerns relating to late arrival (AM) (PM) (AM + PM) times of school buses. Parents, as well as teachers, have raised concerns that some students are missing class/services/breakfast in the morning... << Read More >>
 
September 6, 2019
First the Insults. Now the Long-Delayed Negotiating Dates
The District continues its distortions, threats, and insults in The Buffalo News. Our contract calls for negotiations to “begin no later than the first Tuesday in January of the final year of the contract.”... << Read More >>
 
September 4, 2019
BTF Solidarity Rally We Will Not Be Disrespected
BTF Solidarity Rally to demand negotiations on a new contract that is commensurate with our importance to our students and like some city hall administrators, recently received (2.5% - 12.9%), commensurate with our colleagues in other school districts... << Read More >>
 
September 3, 2019
Blatant Violation of Our Contract
We have been informed that principals are assigning teachers to teach six (6) periods per day instead of five (5). This is a clear violation of our contract, obviously done to impact our negotiations for a new contract... << Read More >>
 
September 3, 2019
BTF Solidarity Day - September 5th
Neither we nor our students will be ignored. While the superintendent and board have promptly provided hefty raises for the senior administrative staff, they have refused negotiations to benefit teachers and our students... << Read More >>

 

 

2018-2019 School Year
 
June 14, 2019
2019-2020 CALENDAR
Yesterday, June 13, 2019, the District sent us a proposed forty-three (43) week calendar to replace their proposed forty-four (44) week calendar… << Read More >>
 
June 12, 2019
UPDATES
We will know when the Board meets on June 19, 2019 whether the District is going to continue its “my way or else” edict or will agree to our compromise forty-three (43) week calendar proposal… << Read More >>
 
May 16, 2019
THEY HAVE THROWN DOWN THE GAUNTLET
Whether you prefer a forty-three (43) or forty-four (44) week calendar, if there was ever any doubt that the Superintendent and Board are intent on using any means of deception… << Read More >>
 
May 15, 2019
WHY IS THE DISTRICT PUSHING THE FORTY-FOUR WEEK CALENDAR?
Many have asked the question –Why is the District pushing a forty-four (44) week calendar? a)As a negotiation tactic so they can insist on a contract change to a for… << Read More >>
 
May 13, 2019
2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR
There still seems to be some confusion relating to the 2019-2020 school calendar. We have attached a copy of our proposed forty-three (43) week calendar… << Read More >>
 
May 6, 2019
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS
Tomorrow, Tuesday May 7, 2019, you, as well as your relatives, friends and neighbors who live in Buffalo, will determine who is elected to the Buffalo Board of Education… << Read More >>
 
April 30, 2019
YOUR TWO RESPONSES TO OUR CORRESPONDENCE THAT WAS SENT TO YOU
In response to the April 18, 2019 correspondence (enclosed) to Buffalo teachers; obviously, with your approval, please note that you wrongly state that we “incorrectly stated that… << Read More >>
 
April 17, 2019
SCHOOL CALENDAR UPDATE
Although, as stated in previous correspondence, our BTF Council of Delegates overwhelmingly supported the forty-three (43) week calendar… << Read More >>
 
April 15, 2019
2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR
Despite the overwhelming support for the forty-three (43) week calendar at our March 14th Council of Delegates meeting… << Read More >>

April 6, 2019
2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR
After speaking with some Board members, there seems to be some confusion relating to our proposed forty-three (43) week common… << Read More >>
 
April 3, 2019
UPDATES
Since there has been no closure as yet with the Superintendent and Board on a 2019-2020 school calendar, there is obviously no need for a vote… << Read More >>
 
April 3, 2019
BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION
You can determine whether candidates who we believe will put our students and education as their highest priority are on the ballot… << Read More >>
 
April 1, 2019
2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR
Apparently, misinformation or incomplete information relating to the proposed 2019-2020 school calendars is being circulated by some in the District… << Read More >>
 
March 27, 2019
URGENT HELP NEEDED: BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION
As you know, May 7th is the election for all NINE seats on the Buffalo School Board. In order for candidates to qualify to be on the ballot… << Read More >>
 
March 26, 2019
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION - GRIEVANCE PROCESSING
As you may know, the BTF is continuing our efforts to have the District comply with the contractual procedures relating to grievances… << Read More >>
 
March 18, 2019
2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR
The BTF Council of Delegates, teacher representatives from all schools, met last evening. One of the issues discussed was the 2019-2020 school calendar… << Read More >>
 
March 11, 2019
MARCH 8, 2019 MEMO TO TEACHERS - SNOW/WIND DAYS
While you addressed your reasons for calendars A & B, you did not address the serious concerns of teachers in… << Read More >>
 
March 11, 2019
2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR
Although the District has only proposed a forty-two (42) and forty-four (44) week calendar, we have suggested a forty-three (43) week calendar (See March 6, 2019 Memo to District… << Read More >>
 
March 7, 2019
2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR
The BTF has always worked with the District to develop a school calendar that closely matches the BOCES calendar and provides for additional snow days… << Read More >>
 
March 4, 2019
PROPOSED CALENDARS
There have been several calls to the BTF about the two proposed calendars sent to all teachers. Some of the issues are addressed below… << Read More >>
 
February 27, 2019
2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR
Attached below, please find two (2) proposed school calendars for the 2019-2020 school year… << Read More >>
 
February 26, 2019
SNOW/WIND DAYS
As you may have heard, NYSED has apparently agreed that school closings on Monday, February 25, 2019 will not be held against districts… << Read More >>
 
February 13, 2019
BTF UPDATES
Please ensure that the Art and Music teachers in your building have received the attached email/survey. We do not have all of their personal email addresses… << Read More >>
 
January 29, 2019
SNOW / HAZARDOUS DAYS
Attached please find information on the number of Snow / Hazardous days.… << Read More >>
 
January 23, 2019
JANUARY 22, 2019 “SCHOOL CLOSINGS”
Please inform us of any loss of pay, sick or personal days or other issues that arose as a result of the conflicting and unclear … << Read More >>
 
January 23, 2019
SCHOOL SAFETY –SCHOOL LEARNING CONDITIONS –FRUSTRATION AND ANGER
While we celebrate the successes of our students, we cannot and will not ignore unsafe and unacceptable learning conditions… << Read More >>
 
January 15, 2019
MCKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Attached, please find updated copies of information relating to the teaching and learning conditions at McKinley High School… << Read More >>
 
January 4, 2019
STUDENT TOILET TRAINING
As indicated in our October Survey of teachers, there appears to be an increase in the number of students
who have not been toilet trained ("Potty Trained")... << Read More >>
 

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