- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo school board has voted to do away with a cosmetic surgery benefit for teachers.

As part of next year’s budget, board members voted Wednesday night to eliminate a health insurance rider that covers procedures such as chemical peels. The board instead earmarked the $5 million budget item for teacher salaries.

It’s expected the teachers union will challenge the move in court. Union President Phil Rumore (roo-MOR’) wasn’t immediately available for comment Thursday.

The cosmetic surgery rider has been in place for decades. It remains part of a teachers’ contract that expired in 2004 but is still in effect because the district and teachers haven’t been able to agree on a new contract.

The union has said it’s willing to give up the rider as part of a new agreement.

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