Memo To:   All Buffalo Teachers

From:         Philip Rumore, President, BTF

Date:          January 30, 2021


Subject:     BTF Court Case/Reopening Caution

BTF Court Case
Attached please find copies of the court documents filed and developed by NYSUT attorneys in Albany and New York City (Click Here).


We await the assignment of a judge. How long that will take is up to the courts.


Although, as you can see from the documents, our case is compelling, and as you also remember, the courts are not often willing to take such a courageous stand.


We will see.


As you read through the documents, please note that the District refused our offer to have an independent hygienist, that we would fund, inspect its buildings. What does that tell you?

District Warning Correspondence
Attached, please find a copy of a correspondence from the District (Click Here).


As stated in a previous, January 27, 2021 email, any such actions would be considered a strike.


Under the Taylor Law:

  • Teachers would lose two (2) days pay for each day they are considered to be on strike.
  • The existing contract would no longer be in effect. Currently an existing contract remains in place until a new one is negotiated, unless there is a strike.
  • The union would be fined.


If you have any questions relating to your particular circumstances, please contact your LRS (Click Here).

BTF Health and Safety Assessment
The BTF Health and Safety Assessment will be sent to your Delegates and Building Committee. We would like it completed as soon as possible after February 1, 2021, when teachers report to the buildings and also as conditions in the schools/sites change for the better or worse.

Please stay well. Take no chances.