Teachers in Yonkers back to work for second year in a row without contracts
Teachers in Yonkers returned back to work Tuesday for the second year in a row without contracts.
The Yonkers Federation of Teachers rejected the latest contract offer from the city. They also decided against calling for a strike. Their last contract expired June 30, 2003. The latest contract offer called for a three-year deal, with no increase for the first two years, and a two percent increase in the third year. The contract would have offered other raises if the state Legislature provided at least $52 million in recurring revenues.
In addition, teachers hired on July first or later would pay ten percent of their health insurance costs. Teachers Union President Pat Puleo has promised that she'd hold another meeting by the end of October if the contract talks weren't resolved.