News and Alerts

News and Alerts


 
2020-2021 School Year
 
 
November 29, 2021
Negotiations – School Health Safety – Technology – School Violence/Disruptive Behavior
We, as you, have just been informed that the District, without explanation, has ceased COVID testing in schools. We have emailed the Superintendent and Board for an explanation, one that should have been provided already... << Read More >>
 
November 16, 2021
Correspondence to Dr. Cash and Buffalo Boards of Education
Please click on the link to view a correspondence sent to Dr. Cash, Buffalo Boards of Education and Gale R. Burstein Regarding the Alarming Number of BPS COVID-19 Cases. << Read More >>
 
November 15, 2021
COVID-19 Survey Results - Concurrent/Simultaneous Negotiations
Thus far, 1647 teachers have responded to our BTF COVID-19 survey. The results are... << Read More >>
 
November 10, 2021
BTF Survey
Thank you to the 1,430 teachers who have already responded to our survey. If you haven’t already responded, please take time to complete it. << Read More >>
 
November 8, 2021
Some “Recent” Isolation and Quarantine Information from Erie County Health Department, New York State Health Department and CDC
Attached, please find copies of recent COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine documents. As you know, some of these change daily as conditions change. << Read More >>
 
November 8, 2021
Updates – 11/08/2021
Thus far, 1242 teachers have already responded to our BTF COVID-19 Position Survey... << Read More >>
 
November 4, 2021
Important COVID-19 Survey of Teachers
To ensure that we have the most up-to-date assessment of your position on COVID-19 related issues, we ask you to complete the following BTF COVID-19 Survey. << For Survey Link, Please Refer to Email Sent on 11.4.21 >>
 
November 1, 2021
District Testing and COVID-19 Waiver
In response to our request for a legal opinion from our State Affiliate, NYSUT, relating to the District’s “COVID-19 Testing Form” we have received the attached response... << Read More >>
 
October 28, 2021
District Testing/Vaccine Mandate/Other Updates
Yes, there are differences relating to mandating vaccinations, masks, etc. There always will be differences. What Buffalo teachers and many other teachers have always done, is to attempt to, while disagreeing with one another, be open to discuss our differences without... << Read More >>
 
October 25, 2021
District’s Correspondence Mandating COVID-19 Testing – Demand to Negotiate Impact
Attached, please find a copy of our demand to negotiate the impact of the District’s Friday, October 22, 2021, “Requirement for COVID-19 Testing - With Opt-Out for Vaccinated” correspondence... << Read More >>
 
October 22, 2021
BTF -  PAC Endorsements Letter       << Click Here >>
 
October 21, 2021
2021 EARLY VOTING INFORMATION   << Click Here >>
 
October 18, 2021
COVID Booster/Updates
Although teachers have advised us that they are being denied four (4) hours of “paid leave” to obtain “booster shots”, we have advised the District that this is a violation... << Read More >>
 
October 14, 2021
Supplemental Benefit Fund
Thank you to the teachers who took the time to join us and the over 3,000 strikers and supporters... << Read More >>
 
October 8, 2021
Healthcare Workers – Webinar Series for Teachers
Thank you to the teachers who took the time to join us and the over 3,000 strikers and supporters... << Read More >>
 
October 6, 2021
Updates
Thankfully, all but the person who tested positive at BTF have tested negative. We are back at full strength. Thank you for understanding... << Read More >>
 
October 1, 2021
Support Our Healthcare Workers
THEY ARE AND HAVE BEEN HERE FOR US. WE ARE AND WILL BE HERE FOR THE... << Read More >>
 
September 29, 2021
Updates
On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, we and the District met with PERB mediator Gregory Poland. It was determined that it was important that... << Read More >>
 
September 21, 2021
Services for Edith LeWin (Edie) – Updates
Services for Edie will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021. Visitation will be from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Carlton A. Ullrich Funeral Home, Inc., 8630 Transit Road... << Read More >>
 
September 17, 2021
BTF Health and Safety Assessment / Simultaneous Update
Once again, thank you for taking time out of what has been a crazy opening. We know things have been changing daily... << Read More >>
 
September 13, 2021
Negotiations/Updates 
We have confirmed that the next scheduled negotiations session will be on September 28, 2021. We will be reviewing the District’s “analysis” of salary... << Read More >>
 
September 10, 2021
Health Assessment/Updates 
Thank you to those who have already completed the BTF Health and Safety Assessment and to those who are in the process of completing the information as school proceeds and the opening problems begin to... << Read More >>
 
September 3, 2021
New (September 2, 2021) NYSDOH PreK-12 Guidance
Attached, please find a copy of the NYSDOH Pre-K–12 guidance. I have quickly underlined some parts. There are some parts that might have been missed so that a copy could be sent to you.... << Read More >>
 
September 3, 2021
Updates/Survey 
We are still awaiting the District’s analysis of the cost of salary step removal (compression) so that we can have it analyzed and also for a date to continue negotiations.... << Read More >>
 
August 10, 2021
Updates
ttached, please find the results of the survey relating to vaccinations in the Buffalo Public Schools. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey... << Read More >>
 
August 3, 2021
Updates
At our July 22, 2021 meeting with the mediator and District, we worked to clarify the tentative agreements we had made, asked... << Read More >>
 
July 15, 2021
Special Education Issues / Summer School
We are hearing concerns relating to illegal caseloads, autistic students inappropriately placed in regular classrooms, students without IEP’s, etc... << Read More >>
 
July 15, 2021
Summer School - Hourly Rate
There seems to be some confusion relating to the District’s attempt to raise some hourly rates this summer... << Read More >>
 
July 14, 2021
Summer 2021 Increase for Some Teachers
In order to increase teacher participation in summer school programs, the District wanted to have some teachers, who are receiving the hourly rate, receive 1/400 of their salary... << Read More >>
 
July 8, 2021
NYSUT Member Organizing Institute
NYSUT founded the Member Organizing Institute (MOI) in the summer of 2017, and they have been building our statewide network of member organizers to take a leading role in the campaign to promote our members’... << Read More >>
 
July 7, 2021
Transfers - District Refusal to Grant
Once again, the District is choosing the teachers who will or will not receive transfers to the schools of the teachers’ choice... << Read More >>
 
July 2, 2021
Updates
We are going into arbitration regarding teachers being required to meet with principals prior to being transferred to a school.... << Read More >>
 
June 25, 2021
Updates
We met with the mediator on Thursday, June 24, 2021 to clarify our respective positions and procedures. The next date he has available... << Read More >>
 
June 2021 President's Report
During the most difficult times many have ever faced and hope never to face again, you have shown a dedication to our students, one another and also an inner strength that, while profound, is not at all surprising … You are Buffalo teachers.... << Read More >>
 
June 21, 2021
 
June 15, 2021
 
June 14, 2021
Updates
The PERB Mediator has suggested June 24, 2021 as a date to resume negotiations. We have advised him that we have cleared our calendars and agree to that... << Read More >>
 
June 11, 2021
 
June 7, 2021
Mass Confusion – Never a Dull Moment / SBF Update
By now, you have heard that masks are still required in schools as per the most recent guidelines. Many have asked what caused the confusion... << Read More >>
 
June 1, 2021
Updates
We have been contacted by the PERB mediator who is working to clarify the positions of the BTF and District... << Read More >>
 
May 24, 2021
BTF Election Results – Sick and Personal Day Accuracy – School/Site Safety – Virtual Graduation – APPR – Ransomware Attack – Negotiations – Student Support
As most know, the BTF Election Results have been posted on the BTF website. We must now come together to overcome the many challenges ahead and as always, overcome every one of them. Let there be no doubt... << Read More >>
 
May 22, 2021
2021 BTF Officer and Executive Committee Election Results   << Click Here >>
 
May 20, 2021
Update – District Breach Resources, APPR Legislation
Here is a list of some resources that are available for you to check. They were supplied by NYSUT and will be added to as more are identified... << Read More >>
 
May 18, 2021
Updates
The latest correspondence from the District indicates that there is no change, at this time, in relation to the wearing of masks in the B.P.S... << Read More >>
 
May 17, 2021
Cyber Attack
As you know, the BTF sent correspondence to the District in relation to the lack of information relating to the cyber attack... << Read More >>
 
May 14, 2021
Scam?
We are awaiting confirmation that the correspondence most teachers received relating to a company, Kroll, providing free services relating to the hack... << Read More >>
 
May 12, 2021
Transfers/”Conversations”, APPR/Evaluations
The arbitrator in a 1993 arbitration, Ronald Kowalski, stated (Note: He refers to a previous arbitration); “The District has argued that it was unable to honor the request... << Read More >>
 
May 11, 2021
Updates – School Safety, Negotiations, Class Size/Caseloads, Grievances, Transfers
While teachers have advised us that health and safety conditions and procedures have improved, we are still hearing of serious issues... << Read More >>
 
May 5, 2021
Updates – Lack of Paper Towels, Summer School, Safety/Health Conditions
Administrators have been advising teachers that there is a District-wide shortage of paper towels and that there is no District plan for... << Read More >>
 
May 3, 2021
Update – Positive News, Negotiations, BC/BS
At the NYSUT State Representative Assembly this weekend, the BTF received two (2) awards. Thank you to all those who participated in the projects... << Read More >>
 
April 29, 2021
BTF Action to Secure Cyberattack Information
The District has refused to provide answers to teachers and parents who have asked whether their personal information has been compromised/breached... << Read More >>
 
April 28, 2021
Negotiations Update
As per our last email, we met with the Public Employment Relations Board appointed mediator and three members of the District’s negotiating team on Monday, April 26, 2021... << Read More >>
 
April 23, 2021
Update, Negotiations, Reopening Plans/Site Based, Etc.
Our agreement with the PERB Mediator and District to put negotiations/mediation on hold expired on April 14, 2021. We then immediately contacted the mediator... << Read More >>
 
April 19, 2021
Updates, COVID-19, Negotiations, Etc.
Thank you for keeping us informed of the COVID-19 issues in your school/site. We are forwarding them to the Superintendent, Board, parent organizations and when necessary... << Read More >>
 
April 14, 2021
Administrator/District Non-Compliance with New York State Department of Health Guidance
We continue to hear of instances where the recent NYS Department of Health Guidance relating to the COVID-19 virus is not being followed... << Read More >>
 
April 12, 2021
New State Guidance/School Conditions
Attached, please find a copy of the new State “Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19... << Read More >>
 
April 1, 2021
Extremely Dangerous Report
Attached is the March 30, 2021 District Log of COVID-19 cases. On one day, seventeen (17) students and three (3) adults, were identified as testing positive for COVID... << Read More >>
 
March 30, 2021
COVID-19/Summer School?/Welcome Back Posters
We continue to check and be concerned with the Reports relating to COVID-19 cases reported in schools. You may view them at... << Read More >>
 
March 26, 2021
Retirement Seminar Reminder
The Buffalo Teachers Federation is offering its annual retirement seminar for all persons considering retirement... << Read More >>
 
March 23, 2021
Correspondence to Anne Botticelli and Dr. Kriner Cash
Please find recent correspondence sent to by the BTF: Correspondence to Anne Botticelli, Dr. Kriner Cash and the Buffalo Board of Education... << Read More >>
 
March 22, 2021
Important BTF School Health and Safety Assessment
Attached, please find a copy of the BTF School Health and Safety Assessment referred to in the recent correspondence to all teachers... << Read More >>
 
March 22, 2021
Reopening/Transfer Deadline Extension
We have and we will continue to work together to ensure that our schools are and remain safe. Yes, teachers want to be back with students... << Read More >>
 
March 18, 2021
Corr. to Superintendent and Board - Serious and Detrimental Harm to Students’ Education and Additional Safety and Health Issues
In response to teachers’ and some parents’ concerns, we provided a quick survey of teachers to determine the effectiveness of Concurrent Instruction and other similar... << Read More >>
 
March 16, 2021
Ransomware Attack/Travel/Vaccinations/School Calendar/Sanitization
Once again, please make sure that you do not open any unknown or suspicious emails. Also, if you use the same password(s) for non-District and District accounts... << Read More >>
 
March 15, 2021
Ransomware Attack/Other Updates
As you now know, our Friday email to you was correct. There was not just an interruption, but an attack on the District’s system... << Read More >>
 
March 12, 2021
Serious and Detrimental Harm to Students’ Education/Additional Safety and Health Issues
Teachers are very concerned with the serious and detrimental harm that the District directive requiring concurrent teaching is having on... << Read More >>
 
March 12, 2021
Danger
Some believe that the District’s system has been hacked causing the problems you have been encountering. Just in case, if you receive correspondence... << Read More >>
 
March 9, 2021
Court/Vaccine Update
We met with Judge Colaiacovo, who, as you know, ruled against our motion to close the schools until an arbitrator could decide if our contract... << Read More >>
 
March 9, 2021
March 9, 2021 Updates
We do not anticipate that Judge Emilio Colaiacovo will reverse his decision to deny our motion to keep schools closed until our safe and healthful grievance... << Read More >>
 
March 3, 2021
Updates March 3, 2021
Thank you to the thirteen (13) schools that have, in a short time, returned the post February Recess, BTF Health and Safety Assessment. They will be forwarded (without names) to the District... << Read More >>
 
March 1, 2021
BTF Calls For Halt of Grades 3-8 Standardized Testing During Pandemic
The Buffalo Teachers Federation’s Council of Delegates (building representatives from all schools),unanimously adopted a resolution that would have the BTF work with parents and other organizations... << Read More >>
 
February 23, 2021
Unconscionable Denial of Accommodations
Your “Human” Resources Department has refused accommodations, not only for teachers, who in good conscience should be allowed to receive them, but also those... << Read More >>
 
February 22, 2021
Post Recess Updates
Our actions including, but not limited to, the BTF Health and Safety Assessment, correspondence to the Superintendent and Board, court action, and grievances have but one purpose... << Read More >>
 
February 12, 2021
Pre-Recess Updates
Some teachers have been advised that they can not take a personal day after the mid-winter recess. They have to take an unpaid leave... << Read More >>
 
February 11, 2021
Court Update/Other Issues
We have just received notice that Judge Emilio Colaiacovo has denied our motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent the District from requiring... << Read More >>
 
February 10, 2021
Variety Club Telethon and Read Across America
For information on the Variety Club Telethon and Read Across America, please Click Here.
 
February 9, 2021
Updates
As of today, February 9, 2021 at 4:30, we have received no notification of a decision.We remain concerned with the number of COVID-19 cases reported in our schools, the delay in notifying parents and staff of cases and the accuracy of some reports (websites).. << Read More >>
 
February 5, 2021
Court Update
The hearing today went from 9:30 am to 5:15 pm. Our attorneys did a great job. We are now awaiting the judge's decision. Stay Tuned.
 
February 4, 2021
Reminder - Important Short BTF All Teacher Survey
Please complete and encourage your colleagues to complete, the attached all teacher survey.... << Read More >>
 
February 3, 2021
Press Release
Please click on the link to view a Press Release sent out by Phil Rumore.... << Read More >>
 
February 2, 2021
Updates
We are preparing for the hearing on Friday to determine whether Judge Colaiacovo will approve our motion to keep schools closed... << Read More >>
 
February 1, 2021
Court Hearing
While Judge Emilio Colaiacovo denied or request for an immediate Temporary Restraining Order, he did issue a decision that there will be a full hearing on Friday, February 5, 2021 to determine... << Read More >>
 
January 31, 2021
Reopening Unhealthy/Unsafe Conditions
Since we do not have a judge assigned or a court date, and teachers will be reporting, please advise us of any unhealthy and unsafe conditions in your building/site... << Read More >>
 
January 30, 2021
BTF Court Case/Reopening Caution
Please find copies of the court documents filed and developed by NYSUT attorneys in Albany and New York City... << Read More >>
 
January 29, 2021
Important Short BTF All Teacher Survey
Please complete and encourage your colleagues to complete, the attached all teacher survey... << Read More >>
 
January 28, 2021
Re-Opening Updates
Legal action will be taken to prevent the unsafe opening of schools on Monday, February 1, 2021. NYSUT has assigned two attorneys and has been working with our staff... << Read More >>
 
January 27, 2021
Updates
The form that we have seen asking teachers if they are willing to be tested indicated that it is voluntary and can be rescinded. If you are advised... << Read More >>
 
January 22, 2021
Updated BTF Health and Safety Assessment Resolution Passed By Council of Delegates
In an effort to inform you of health and safety concerns raised by teachers, so that they can be corrected to ensure the safe return of students and staff to the schools/sites, enclosed... << Click Here >>
 
January 21, 2021
FYI - District Q&A
Please click on the links inclosed to view copies of the FAQ's and Q&A's from the District regarding the February 1, 2021 Re-Opening.... << Click Here >>
 
January 19, 2021
School Reopening Update
The following schools/sites have submitted a BTF School/Site Health and Safety Assessment. The completed assessment for each school was included in our last email to all teachers... << Click Here >>
 
January 15, 2021
Latest Correspondence to Dr. Kriner Cash and Board of Education
Attached, please find a copy of a correspondence sent to the Superintendent and members of the Board regarding the Disturbing Safety and Health Issues at Schools/Sites.... << Click Here >>
 
January 14, 2021
Latest Correspondence to Dr. Kriner Cash and Board of Education
Under our contract, law and regulations, teachers who have been required to reapply for an accommodation may have a union representative attend any District meeting at which their.... << Read More >>
 
January 13, 2021
Latest Correspondence to Dr. Kriner Cash and Board of Education
Attached, please find a copy of a correspondence sent to the Superintendent and members of the Board.... << Click Here >>
 
January 11, 2021
Vaccinations, Etc
In response to inquires relating to the document from the Erie County Department of Health, the BTF is not a healthcare provider, nor do we have the medical... << Read More >>
 
January 7, 2021
Press Release
Please see the most recent Press Release sent out by Phil Rumore. << Clicking Here >>.
 
January 4, 2021
Updates
As we embark together on a new and challenging year, I wanted to thank you for all that you are and have been doing for our students, staff and community... << Read More >>
 
December 22, 2020
Press Release
Please see the attached Press Release sent out by Phil Rumore. << Read More >>
 
December 18, 2020
Superintendent Letter Dated (Incorrectly) December 22, 2020
We are in receipt of the December 22, 2020 correspondence from Superintendent Cash that was sent out today. << Read More >>
 
December 17, 2020
Submission to The Buffalo News
Attached, please find a copy of a submission to The Buffalo News. << Read More >>
 
December 9, 2020
Christopher Scanlon - December 3, 2020 Correspondence to Dr. Cash
Attached, please find a copy of a response to Buffalo Common Council Member, Christopher Scanlon regarding his December 3, 2020 correspondence to Dr. Kriner Cash.. << Read More >>
 
December 7, 2020
BTF/Teacher Building Representatives / APPR
The most important teacher representative are your Delegates, Alternates and Building Committee members.
We can’t thank them enough for all they must shoulder, in volunteering to represent and support you... << Read More >>
 
December 1, 2020
Changing Marks, Legal and Other Updates
We have been informed that principals are again changing students’/teachers’ grades. If this is being done at your school, please advise your LRS and advise the principal, in writing (email), that you... << Read More >>
 
November 24, 2020
Updates
First, on behalf of the BTF Officers and staff, may your Thanksgiving be one that will, despite all obstacles, provide you with th e opportunity to remember that for which you are thankful.. << Read More >>
 
November 23, 2020
Superintendent and Board of Education Grading Correspondence
Attached, please find a copy of grading correspondence sent to the Superintendent and members of the Board. << Read More >>
 
November 18, 2020
Update COVID-19
An answer to the question we have been raising – We just heard from Albany that it has been decided that the 20% testing in schools in the yellow zones applies to adults in the school/site even if there are no students. << Read More >>
 
November 16, 2020
BTF Calls For District To Provide More COVID-19 Information
The BTF today reiterated its call for the school district to provide teachers and staff with information relating to staff identified as testing positive for or being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.“Teachers and staff continue to raise serious concerns relating to not being informed that a member of its staff has or has been exposed to... << Read More >>
 
November 12, 2020
A Trust for Teachers Who Have Lost All Income
There is an external trust fund available to Buffalo teachers who exhaust their sick days and who have exhausted all paid District benefits. It is called The Richmond Fund... << Read More >>
 
November 10, 2020
School Reopening Plans
Here is the New York State Department of Health Information referred to on yesterday’s email... << Read More >>
 
November 9, 2020
Yellow Designation – BPS
Governor Cuomo today, designated Buffalo, along with other locations, as a “yellow cluster”. Attached, please find New York State documents relating to Cluster Restrictions... << Read More >>
 
November 6, 2020
Teacher Reported COVID-19 Positive
Once again, teachers and staff are very upset and concerned, since they were not advised that a member of the staff has tested positive for the COVOD-19 virus.... << Click Here >>
 
November 5, 2020
Cancellation of January Regents
As you may have heard, the New York State Board of Regents, today, cancelled the January Regents Examinations... << Click Here >>
 
November 4, 2020
Updates
Will it ever be over? For the sake of all Americans, let us all not only hope so, but also work to make it so. Yes, we have relatives, friends and colleagues with... << Click Here >>
 
October 27, 2020
Updates
Teachers, while looking forward to being with their students in person, have expressed concerns relating to the District’s “Reopening” Plan – Phase I”, due Wednesday, October 28, 2020... << Click Here >>
 
October 23, 2020
PAC 2020
On or before November 3, 2020, every registered voter will have the opportunity to vote for the next President and Vice President of the United States as well as many state and local offices... << Click Here >>
 
October 22, 2020
Updates
Teachers aren’t under enough stress, yet the District is intent on evaluating teachers virtually. We have not agreed to any modification of our APPR... << Click Here >>
 
October 16, 2020
District Teacher Survey
The District is apparently surveying teachers asking: “As we prepare for a possible reopening scenario, if it is determined that we bring back our special education students first... << Click Here >>
 
October 15, 2020
Updates
We have still not received a proposed delineated re-opening plan from the District, e.g. when, where, what, how, who, etc... << Click Here >>
 
October 8, 2020
Learning Academy: October 2020 Course Schedule
As your Statewide union, NYSUT has placed a strong emphasis on professional learning. We know you are continually looking for training opportunities relevant to your professional needs. << Click Here >>
 
October 6, 2020
BTF SUPPORTS BUFFALO PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION'S (BPTO) CALL FOR RAPID COVID-19 TESTING
The BTF, in previous correspondence to the Superintendent and School Board, has stated there should be “written and posted admission and departure procedures that, all would agree, provide for safe and healthful admission... << Read More >>
 
October 1, 2020
BTF School/Site Health and Safety Assessment
As you know, we recently sent the link to our BTF School/Site Health and Safety Assessment to all teachers. Unfortunately, some of the teachers from the same school... << Click Here >>
 
September 29, 2020
Updates
You have no doubt read and heard via the media that, according to the District, the schools/sites are all being sanitized and that all the school safety issues have been corrected. << Click Here >>
 
September 24, 2020
Judge's Decision
As, unfortunately anticipated, Judge Sedita ruled against our motion to prevent the District from forcing teachers now and students in the future from... << Click Here >>
 
September 23, 2020
Updates
As per the BTF Constitution and By-Laws, the following change was approved by the Executive Committee. It will be forwarded to the BTF Council of Delegates and by this email is being posted... << Click Here >>
 
September 21, 2020
Updates
You aren’t now and never do receive the acknowledgement and thanks you deserve and earn. The stress of:.. << Click Here >>
 
September 8, 2020
BTF School /Site Health and Safety Assessment / Update
To ensure that our schools/sites are safe for you now and our students when they return, we have developed a “BTF School/Site Health and Safety Assessment” that we will be asking your << Click Here >>
 
 
2019-2020 School Year
 
September 3, 2020
Denial of TRO / District Statement
We are obviously disappointed that Judge Sedita denied our request for a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent teachers from having to report, despite what we consider the lack of “safe and healthful conditions” << Click Here >>
 
September 2, 2020
Requests for Accommodations
The District has finally provided information on the procedures for teachers/employees to apply for (request) an accommodation/leave, “Accommodating and leaves requests related to the COVID-19 pandemic” << Click Here >>
 
August 31, 2020
State & Federal COVID-19 Related Leave Entitlements
Attached please find a copy of a document we just received from NYSUT, our State affiliate, outlining some of the COVID-19 related leave entitlements available. << Click Here >>
 
August 12, 2020
Urgent Teacher Concerns
You are amazing – not surprising but you are. Three thousand, one hundred and fifty-five (3,155) Buffalo teachers responded to our survey! << Click Here >>
 
July 22, 2020
COVID 19 - Legal and Other Protections
As you will note from our recent correspondence to the Superintendent and Board, we are very concerned with the lack of specific directions and procedures contained in their ... << Click Here >>
 
July 20, 2020
Reopening Manual? / Reopening Plan   Teacher Concersn
We are in receipt of your "Buffalo Public Schools Reopening Manual Following Period of Extended Closure" / "Reopening Plan"... << Click Here >>
 
July 17, 2020
NYSED Reopening Guidance
Below, please find the link to the NYSED “Reopening Guidance” released yesterday afternoon... << Click Here >>
 
July 15, 2020
"Reopening" Teacher Input
As we have advised you, we have teachers on District Committees who the District has agreed are part of its "reopening" committees. Thus far, there have been only two... << Click Here >>
 
July 14, 2020
FYI - Just Released NYS Reopening Guidance
Please see the attached information, along with the following link to additional information.. << Click Here >>
 
July 13, 2020
More Sad News
We have just been informed of the passing of Joseph T. Murray, longtime Associate Superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools... << Click Here >>
 
July 10, 2020
Safety
Please see the most recent information from the BTF. << Click Here >>
 
July 2, 2020
Updates
Please see the most recent information from the BTF. << Click Here >>
 
June 30, 2020
President's Report
Please see the most recent information from the BTF. << Click Here >>
 
June 23, 2020
Updates
Please see the most recent information from the BTF. << Click Here >>
 
June 18, 2020
Urgent Fraud Alert
There is a fraudulent communication being sent to teachers and possibly others asking for their banking information.. << Click Here >>
 
June 18, 2020
Updates
Please see the most recent information from the BTF... << Click Here >>
 
June 11, 2020
2020-2021 School Calendar
Please find two (2) proposed school calendars for the 2020-2021 school year. We just received clarifying information from the District... << Click Here >>
 
June 10, 2020
Updates
Please see the attached correspondence from... << Click Here >>
 
June 5, 2020
Updates
Please see the attached... << Click Here >>
 
June 4, 2020
BTF 2020 PAC Letter
Please see the attached BTF PAC Letter... << Click Here >>
 
May 11, 2020
Virtual Graduation
The BTF Executive Committee has authorized our being a sponsor of the Virtual Graduations that will be aired on WUTV/WNYO starting in June/July... << Read More >>
 
May 8, 2020
Destruction of Teacher Morale
You and most City Hall Administrators, obviously, don’t know or care about the tremendous stress that teachers (and parents) are under... << Read More >>
 
May 1, 2020
Updates
When there is talk about Buffalo School closings, what is obviously meant is school buildings being closed for students and staff... << Read More >>
 
April 30, 2020
Retirement
Please be advised that for those teachers who plan to retire in June, there are a few changes to the procedure that we normally suggest. The booklet entitled "Retirement and Your BTF Master Contract"... << Read More >>
 
April 24, 2020
District False Statements
Attached, please find another (See April 23, 2020, Attached) report of a school where masks were not provided for the distribution of materials... << Read More >>
 
April 23, 2020
District False Statements Regarding Masks
On April 14, 2020, we sent two (2) correspondences expressing our concern that devices/materials were being distributed; however, gloves but not masks, were provided by... << Read More >>
 
April 20, 2020
No Response to Teacher Inquires
Although we have requested of you written responses to very important issues and concerns raised by teachers, for most, if not all, there has been no written response... << Read More >>
 
April 15, 2020
Updates
We are awaiting a response from the District on security issues raised in correspondence to the Superintendent, e.g. Teachers are being told to post pictures of their students on the internet.  While seeming to be o.k., the pictures.... << Read More >>
 
April 10, 2020
Updates
As per our correspondence yesterday, the District, while not scheduling the full spring recess has rather just allowed Friday, April 10 and Monday April 14, 2020.... << Read More >>
 
April 8, 2020
Update
There should be a decision made at tonight’s School Board meeting. To clarify – The school calendar we approved contained the 188 days of teacher attendance.  Friday,.... << Read More >>
 
April 7, 2020
FYI - Email to Dr. Cash, Members of the Board and All BPS Administrators
These are and have been some of the most difficult, painful, dangerous, heart-wrenching and challenging times.... << Read More >>
 
April 3, 2020
Updates
As always, you have shown amazing inner strength, caring, and commitment under the most difficult circumstances, e.g. lack of materials and equipment for your... << Read More >>
 
March 30, 2020
Updates
I hope this finds you and your family well, and taking no chances. If you have concerns, you can email us as per the previous emails and website... << Read More >>
 
March 20, 2020
Update
The correspondence below was sent to Dr. Cash today, March 20, 2020. We will continue to keep you updated... << Read More >>
 
March 20, 2020
Updates
State exams will apparently be canceled. Teachers are reminded that March 23, 2020 is the final date (as of now) to apply for a transfer. To apply via email... << Read More >>
 
March 19, 2020
Update
The correspondence below was sent to Dr. Cash today, March 19, 2020. We will continue to keep you updated... << Read More >>
 
March 19, 2020
Update
The attached correspondence (see link below) was sent to the Superintendent yesterday, March 18, 2020. Another will be sent later today based upon the concerns/suggestions you have forwarded to us... << Read More >>
 
March 18, 2020
So Much For Working Together
Enclosed (click here) please find a copy of correspondence from the District asking for our approval of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and our response.  Note the time and date we received it... << Read More >>
 
March 17, 2020
Updates
Some teachers have asked if they must report from March 19, 2020 until April 20, 2020. As of today, schools are closed until April 20, 2020 and teachers do not need to report. We have advised the District to reiterate this.... << Read More >>
 
March 17, 2020
Updates
Teachers will not be reporting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Teachers are advised that if you are assigned to perform a duty/assignment that you believe will endanger your health or safety... << Read More >>
 
March 16, 2020
Updates
First, thank you to all the teachers who expressed their commitment to work together to prevent this virus from spreading and to also find ways to work with their students while being concerned about your and your families... << Read More >>
 
March 13, 2020
Coronavirus
We must and will continue to work together to ensure the health of our students, families and community. Whether all or some schools will be closed is uncertain at this time... << Read More >>
 
March 12, 2020
Coronavirus Updates
Attached, please find copies of correspondence sent to the district today. Apparently, one of the deep cleaning days is Saturday. The Superintendent and I have been in contact regarding the issues... << Read More >>
 
March 12, 2020
Cancellation of Executive Committee and Council of Delegates Meetings
Out of concern for you, your family’s and your students’ well-being, we are canceling tonight’s (March 12, 2020) Executive Committee and Council of Delegates... << Read More >>
 
March 11, 2020
Coronavirus Concerns
Enclosed, as per our commitment to keep you informed, is a copy of the most recent correspondence to the District. If, after a reasonable time, the issues are not corrected, please advise us via e-mail... << Read More >>
 
March 10, 2020
Coronavirus Update
In addition to the copies of correspondence to the Superintendent you received yesterday, the following has also been sent. Hopefully, you and we, will receive responses...  << Read More >>
 
March 10, 2020
Meetings
In light of the concerns relating to the coronavirus, we will not be having an Executive Committee meeting, just the Council of Delegates meeting. We will have hand sanitizers available.  << Read More >>
 
March 9, 2020
Updates
As you have seen from our recent emails, we will continue to leave no stone unturned to ensure that our students, staff and community do not...  << Read More >>
 
March 5, 2020
Coronavirus
Together we must, and will, be proactive to ensure that Coronavirus does not infect and spread to our students, staff and community...  << Read More >>
 
March 2, 2020
Celebrating S/Heroes in Education
Helping Families and Children in America, along with the Buffalo Teachers Federation, will be hosting "A Hollywood Style Black-Tie Gala"...  << Read More >>
 
March 2, 2020
Reminder - Prescription Co-Pay Reimbursement
The deadline for submitting your 2019 prescription co-pay reimbursement is Friday, March 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Information relating to the SBF co-pay reimbursement may be found  << Read More >>
 
February 24, 2020
Upcoming BTF Retirement Seminar
Attached, please find information regarding the upcoming BTF Retirement Seminar. Please complete the bottom section of the form and return it to the BTF office by March 20, 2020. << Read More >>
 
February 13, 2020
Updates
As you may have heard, the mediator assigned to our negotiations was in the hospital for a prolonged period of time and also had his mother pass. << Read More >>
 
February 5, 2020
Absurd Caseloads/Extraneous Tasks
On October 10, 2019, the BTF sent the following email: "In negotiations, the District doesn’t seem to believe the number of students you, as with most teachers, must service, i.e. your caseload, but also ... << 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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