Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) "Some of the plans sent to the state have not been that good. Some were only two pages long. I believe that some school districts are prepared and I believe some are totally unprepared for this crisis." Andrew Pallotta, President of New York State United Teachers tells WBEN, he is hearing from his members every hour of every day about the reopening of schools.
Pallotta does not believe, from what he's seeing, that the state is ready to go back.
If Governor Cuomo gives a green light to reopening, and teachers don't agree, Pallotta was asked how far NYSUT is willing to go? "We will be relentless in advocating for our members, especially in districts where they are not satisfied with the plan. Whatever it takes, at this point," said Pallatta.
NYSUT's President says he's looking at having a seat at the negotiating table. But he also says they have legal recourses that could be brought to bear. Pallatta points to states like Florida, which is the subject of a major lawsuit by the American Federation of Teachers, because the opening of schools is deemed unsafe with Covid numbers surging. He adds, "we would not rule out anything."
NYSUT and the UFT (United Federation of Teachers) issued this statement Wednesday:
New York State United Teachers has with more than 600,000 members in schools, colleges and healthcare facilities. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.