ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – On Wednesday, October 12th, members of the Oneida County BOCES Teachers’ Association (BTA), and their supporters picketed outside the BOCES Cooperative Board Meeting, expressing their frustrations with contract negotiations after teachers worked two years without one.

“This is part of the process of collective bargaining when you agree to a contract there’s a term in which the provisions and the benefits of that contract are adhered to for a certain number of years our last one was four years. At the end of that, we have to get back together and it’s the agreement between the teachers and the Board of Education and our employer of the working conditions, the benefits, the salary all of the outline of what the job looks like how you’re going to get paid how you proceed every day,” said Diana Giffune, President – Oneida BTA.

The President of the BTA explains that the staff has been going above working through the pandemic. 

“Staff are stressed students are stressed,” said Giffune.

The next meeting is this Friday, Nov. 4, and Diana tells me she hopes they will reach an agreement. If this last mediation does not have a favorable outcome, they will continue to protest.