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The Buffalo Teachers Federation has filed an improper practice charge against the Buffalo School District, claiming that the district has been bargaining in bad faith during its current contract negotiations.

This is the first time the union has filed such a charge since 1976, said Philip Rumore, the BTF president. The charge was sent to the New York Public Employment Relations Board Wednesday.

School Superintendent James Harris declined to comment, saying it is district policy not to discuss contract negotiations.

The union specifically alleges that the district has failed to make a salary offer, and that the district's chief negotiator, James Schmit, entered negotiations without authority to present an economic package proposing salary and benefits.

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