Yonkers teachers backed by AFL-CIO in rally to demand new contract

Hundreds of teachers in Yonkers rallied downtown Wednesday with the backing of a major union behind them to demand a new contract.

The Yonkers Federation of Teachers was joined by the AFL-CIO in the demonstration. The teachers say they are tired of working without a contract for the past three years. The president of the Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO says the Yonkers teachers are part of the labor force and they wanted to join the fight for a good contract. He adds, the union hoped the vocal protest would spur residents to call on city officials to give teaches a better contract.

Yonkers Teachers Union President Pat Puleo says the message of the rally is that education needs to be funded. While the city has made some progress in negotiations, nothing has made the teachers satisfied enough to sign on the dotted line.

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