Buffalo school board choice to end cosmetic surgery provision placed on hold

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo School District has been issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that continues to allow a policy where cosmetic surgeries are allowed for teachers and their families.

The order enjoins and restrains the district from “terminating the cosmetic surgery provision of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement, pending disposition of the grievance and arbitration.”

Because of this, the school board’s choice to remove the cosmetic surgery provision from the teachers federation’s agreement has to be placed on hold until one of two decisions are made. These are the two things that could end the restraining order:

  • A final decision on the BTF’s grievance can be made by an arbitrator.
  • The school board can rescind their action.

Those defending the cosmetic surgery provision provided at least ten cases where irreparable harm could have been done to teachers or families if the provision was not in place.

Examples of people included a teacher’s one-year-old daughter who was severely burned, teachers with family histories of skin cancer, and those who need treatment for venous insufficiency.

One defender said “While many think the cosmetic surgery provision is just for facelifts, it is also for the prevention of severe scarring, pre and post cancer treatments, the prevention of blood clots, etc.”

It is not clear when a decision will be made.

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