More than 550 members of the Bayonne Teacher’s Association chanted and marched through downtown Bayonne and in front of City Hall on Friday, October 18, to protest the lack of progress in their contract negotiations. This fall, BTA members began their fourth year without a contract, after their current agreement expired on June 30, 2010.
Led by BTA President Alan D’Angelo, the marchers formed a double line that stretched for several blocks. They were supported by honking horns and shouted support from drivers and pedestrians alike. D’Angelo led the protesting BTA members, many dressed all in black, in boisterous chants as they filled the sidewalk in front of City Hall.
Speaking about the march, D’Angelo said, “My members are fed up with waiting. After four years of stalling by the board of education, it’s time for action. My members deserve a contract that reflects the great work they do in this district every day.”
The City of Bayonne recently settled contracts with several public safety unions, leading to demands from the teachers and secretaries of the BTA for a fast, fair settlement of their contract as well.