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 CONTACT: Ray Hodges, (845) 238-6496 

Monroe-Woodbury Educators to Stage Demonstration in Support of New Agreement

CENTRAL VALLEY, N.Y.  Oct. 17, 2016 -- Members of the Monroe-Woodbury Teachers Association will stage a demonstration Tuesday, calling on the superintendent and school board to oust a law firm that is bogging down negotiations toward a new contract and to instead work collaboratively with the union towards a “win-win” agreement.

MWTA President Ray Hodges said dozens of educators will demonstrate in shifts from about 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in front of the Monroe-Woodbury Education Center, Route 32, in Central Valley. Demonstrators will carry signs reading “Lose the Lawyers” and “Pay Teachers, Not Lawyers.”

“We have a long history in Monroe-Woodbury of working as partners to achieve labor agreements that are good for students and fair to both the community and educators,” Hodges said. “We believe that, working together, we can resolve this labor impasse – swiftly and amicably. Unfortunately, however, the district is choosing to spend tens of thousands of dollars on unnecessary legal fees. The presence of these outside lawyers is thwarting efforts to reach a new ‘win-win’ agreement. Property tax dollars should be used in the classroom to help students, not to enrich lawyers.”

Hodges said the Long Island-based Ingerman Smith law firm has already submitted more than 50 pages of “billable hours” to the school district. The MWTA agreement with the district expired on June 30, 2016 and a mediator is currently working to find common ground with both sides.

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Monroe-Woodbury Teachers Association
PO Box 367
Central Valley, NY 10917