Yonkers teachers vote against concessions

Yonkers teachers have voted against foregoing their annual raise for a year in a plan that could have saved hundreds of their fellow teachers' jobs.

Many teachers say they were worried that the city would not keep up its end of the bargain and keep the hundreds of teachers on the payroll.

"We would like a fair playing field," said Yonkers teacher Adrienne Kaye. "We would like truth; we would like to come to the bargaining table with all parties being forthcoming."

Mayor Phil Amicone (R-Yonkers) says that because of the decision, he'll be forced to withdraw the budget, which included a transitional financing authority that would have allowed the city to borrow $20 million and save jobs.

"This news is profoundly disappointing and even disgusting considering what's at stake," said Amicone.

Instead, he says, that the City Council will have to vote on the original budget he submitted that included 700 layoffs of school employees and teachers.

Yonkers teachers vote against concessions

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