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The Buffalo Teachers Federation has informed its members that the union won another procedural court battle against the Board of Education in its continuing fight over the teachers' contract.

Callers to the BTF tape line heard that the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court late Friday rejected the latest appeal by the board.

"I have not heard anything, but if that is the decision, I'm not surprised," said Donald VanEvery, the North District representative to the board. Board President Mozella Richardson also said she was unaware of the ruling.

Appellate judges in March unanimously ordered the Board of Education to sign a four-year contract rejected by board members 5 to 4 in September 1990.

The court upheld an earlier decision by the Public Employment Relations Board directing the board to sign after finding a school district negotiator had improperly coached a board member to reject the pact. Although the appellate court ordered the contract signed, the two sides have differing opinions on whether it also ordered the board to fund the pact.

The contract provided raises totaling 24 percent in the first three years and another 7 percent for 1993-1994. The median teachers' pay would rise from $40,000 to $54,000 and school officials estimate the cost of the contract at $125 million.

"Continued appeals just exacerbate the situation and threaten the fiscal stability of the city," said Philip Rumore, president of the 3,900-member teachers union.

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