BREAKING NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Yonkers Federation of Teachers Ratify 3-Year Contract By HEZI ARIS
YONKERS, NY -- January 4, 2013 -- Fiscal constraints, political pressure, a new evaluation procedure were all kept at bay as the Yonkers Federation of Teachers (YFT) President Pat Puleo and Yonkers Board of Education (YBoE) Public School Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio hammered out an agreement before, during, and after the New Year hiatus. Raspy voices could not hide the effort undertaken to reach the ratification agreed upon by the respective leadership and the rank and file. The approval margin for the 3-year contract coalesced on paper on Wednesday, underwent the process of being prepared for disbursement among the union membership this Friday (January 4, 2013) morning, and garnered a 5 – 1 approval majority. The ratification process approved that which was agreed upon, that is zero this first year, 1.5 percent increase the second and third years, the prospect of adding an additional 16 teacher support specialist staff in February, and a further 8 more in July.