Nanuet teacher protest low pay, long hours
Teachers in Nanuet took to the streets today to protest their contract situation.
Teachers gathered outside of MacArthur Barr Middle School claiming the school district is not willing to negotiate with the union over new contracts for the upcoming school year.
They are looking for better pay and benefits. "Our contract is up on June 30, and we needed to declare impasse on negotiations because our parties haven't been able to come to an agreement. We’re the second lowest paid teaching unit in the county. We’re tied with another school for the longest school year. We have the longest school days in days and minutes, so we give the most time, for very little pay,” says Stacey Lang, president of Nanuet Teaching Association.
They say they starting salary for a teacher in their district is in the low $50,000 range. Meantime for tenured teachers, their salary is in the $80,000 range.