Paterson teachers rally at City Hall for contracts, improved conditions in schools

Teachers in Paterson are fed up after more than three years without a contract and unhealthy conditions in their schools. Union president Pete Tirri says

Teachers in Paterson are fed up after more than three years without a contract and unhealthy conditions in their schools.

Teachers in Paterson are fed up after more than three years without a contract and unhealthy conditions in their schools. (11/4/13)

PATERSON - Teachers in Paterson are fed up after more than three years without a contract and unhealthy conditions in their schools.

Union president Pete Tirri says he asked teachers to take pictures of their classrooms on the first day of school and the results were alarming.

"The schools are crumbling because there is not enough money for the district to make the repairs that are needed," Tirri says.

Teachers and staff found open electrical boxes, peeling paint, leaking roofs, and even mouse droppings.

The state has overseen the Paterson School District since 1991, and Tirri says the district and state blame each other for the deteriorating conditions.

Tirri says 3,200 teachers, aides and other union members have been working without a contract or salary bump since 2010.

"We don't have any long-term job security because things are up in the air," says teacher Chris Small. "It would help you sleep better at night knowing things are secure and locked in."
 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Supporters of President Donald Trump held a rally 1 Rally in support of President Trump held in Middletown
2 VIDEO: Pro-President Donald Trump rally held in Middletown
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 3 New Jersey Weather Forecast
Fight at Willowbrook Mall prompts false reports of 4 Fight at Willowbrook Mall prompts false reports of shooting scare
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather in Wayne 5 2 pro-President Trump rallies held in New Jersey

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE