Memo To:   All Buffalo Teachers

From:         Philip Rumore, President, BTF

Date:          October 5, 2022


Subject:    Negotiations Updates 10.5.22

The Fact-Finder has agreed to meet as a mediator on Friday, October 7, 2022 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. We will be meeting virtually since he is out of the country.


We have suggested beginning with some important issues that have been discussed and of which there was some indication of possible agreement or the need for more information. This will enable us to then concentrate on critical issues such as salaries and benefits.


We have indicated we are also willing to discuss the District’s last “offer”.


As a result of the Fact-Finder scheduling October 7, 2022 (the original date for fact-finding submissions) for negotiations, the date for fact-finding submissions has been changed to October 14, 2022.
We will update you after we meet.


Healthcare for Retirees

A response to some questions:

  • Healthcare for retirees became effective July 1, 1989.
  • The District has tried to remove it from the contract since 1989.
  • Buffalo teachers have refused to remove healthcare since 1989.
  • Retirees pay what they were required to pay at their time of retirement.
  • Even if healthcare for retirees were to end, any savings would not occur for fifteen (15), twenty (20) or thirty (30) years, when any newly hired teachers would retire. This would not have an impact during the duration of the contract we are currently negotiating.


If healthcare for retirees had been removed from the contract previously, many teachers covered today would not have healthcare when they retire.


Vote of No Confidence
Based upon negotiations on Friday, October 7, 2022, teachers will be notified if a vote of no confidence in the Superintendent and Board will take place on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.