Memo To:   All Buffalo Teachers

From:         Philip Rumore, President, BTF

Date:          October 18, 2022


Subject:    Updates - October 18, 2022

We have received a copy of the District’s submission to the Fact-Finder. We and our colleagues at NYSUT are reviewing it.


Since the submission date was changed from October 7 to October 14, 2022, the date the Fact-Finder has set for the submission of rebuttals and clarifying materials has been moved from October 21 to October 28, 2022.


As per our last email:

  • Our next negotiating session with the District will be on October 25, 2022.
  • Individual small group meetings will be scheduled between now and October 28.
  • We will be picketing before the next Board meeting.

Since we are at a sensitive stage in negotiations, I will address the Board. We will ask no other teachers to speak at the meeting.

Date: October 19, 2022
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm - Board Meeting Starts at 5:30 pm
Where: Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts


We will not have all teachers leave after I speak. If some want to remain that is your choice.


Our Action Committee will be working with teachers to speak at the next meeting, November 16, 2022. If you would like to speak at that meeting, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will put you in contact with a member of the BTF Action Committee.


Bell-Time MOU
As per requests, we have lengthened the time to respond to our Transportation/Bell-Time MOU survey to Thursday, October 20 at midnight. We will report the results on Friday, October 21, 2022.



For those who asked why we are having a vote on the MOU that was submitted to us, the answer is, that is what, in answer to requests, we advised you we would do, i.e. emails dated October 14, 2022 (Click Here), October 12, 2022 (Click Here) and at our Council of Delegates meeting on September 22, 2022 (Click Here).


Bennett High School, Section VI Attack
What was done to the students and coach at Bennett is unacceptable (Buffalo News Article Click Here, BTF Press Release Click Here)


The student, but for the paperwork, is qualified to play football at Bennett.


We have been informed that all other transfers had paperwork submitted on their behalf. No one thought an eighth grade student would have played JV football. Therefore, no paperwork was submitted.


For this, the punishment is to:

  • Force the forfeiture of 6 games
  • Punish all the students – especially the student who transferred
  • Deprive the members of the team of the individual awards they would have received, since the games were forfeited
  • Punish a coach who has devoted his career to his students


This injustice can not be allowed to prevail.


We will be working with those who, like many, are willing to fight this.


If you would like to sign a petition against this injustice and harmful action Click Here.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The Buffalo Teachers Federation is proud to once again be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. (Click Here)


Please help us beat last year’s donation by collecting, fundraising and joining Team BTF! Every Penny Counts.


Sign up or donate by clicking or going to:


BTF Breast Cancer T-Shirts will be available for participants. To get yours, contact the Becky Pordum at the BTF (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).