Devastating consequences impact the teachers and their families as a result of the existing expired contract that is currently in place. Some teachers are unable to meet their basic financial obligations like mortgage, rent, and car payments. Others are taking on added debt like short-term loans and increased use of credit cards. While the overall economy is improving, the teachers educating your youngsters are financially faring worse. Getting together to settle this contract is the best thing that can be done for all stakeholders involved. Negotiating in good faith is the best path to improving conditions regarding morale among all members of the Fort Lee Community.