Teachers stage walkout at Greenburgh school

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Parents picking up their children at the Lois Bronz Children's Center in Greenburgh Wednesday saw their kids' teachers on the curb instead of in the classroom.

That's because nearly two dozen teachers at the White Plains school walked out, demanding a pay increase and better working conditions.

They say that they have been working without a raise since 2010, and they are also demanding that the school's air conditioner be repaired.

"The children are hot, the staff are hot. Some staff have asthma and other health conditions, so they're jeopardizing themselves because they have bills to pay. It's just not safe," says teacher Onja Overby.

Marcia Lawrence, the center's executive director, told News 12 on the phone that the Town of Greenburgh leases the building to them. It said a new compressor for the air conditioner has been ordered and is expected to arrive next week.

Lawrence also adds that they've been negotiating with the union in good faith and calls the teachers' "sick out" illegal. She says they were forced to turn some of the students away.
           

The center will be closed Friday and is expected to reopen Monday.

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