Shaun D. Francois I

Union Leaders Press for DOE Kitchen Upgrades 

November 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS  In an ongoing effort to protect members during the COVID-19 pandemic, Board of Education Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I visited essential workers to address the outstanding issue of substandard ventilation systems in public school kitchens across New York City in October. in August, Francois met with Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza after kitchen temperatures topped 135 degrees. Essential workers in Local 372 stayed on the job. Meetings between union and city officials on ventilation problems exacerbated by COVID-19 delayed school openings for the city’s 1.1 million students. DC 37 Executive Director Henry A. Garrido joined Francois in October’s visit and met kitchen workers, Crossing Guards, School Aides, Parent Coordinators, Family Workers and SAPIS drug prevention counselors to hear their concerns around [More...]

Local 372 Presses for Ventilation and Cooling in All Public Schools 

August 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

BY DIANE S. WILLIAMS Kitchen temperatures in a Manhattan public school exceeded 135 degrees during a recent heat wave as 3,400 essential workers prepared Grab-and-Go meals to feed hungry New Yorkers, children, young adults and seniors, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The excessive heat in school kitchens creates work conditions that are unacceptable, unhealthy and inhumane. We need safe, healthy and ventilated school kitchens. We need a permanent fix now!” said Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois at a press conference Aug. 5 in Manhattan. With union leaders and elected officials, Francois called for Mayor DeBlasio and School Chancellor Richard Carranza to impanel a task force to remedy ventilation and cooling systems in all public school kitchens and sent them correspondence asking the same. Since schools shuttered in March, Mayor De Blasio tasked 3,400 Kitchen [More...]

Three Free College Degree Programs for Local 372 Members

June 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS  DC 37’s helping Local 372 members with three unique degree programs the union has negotiated with Monroe College and LaGuardia College’s Food Service Management Program. “We have an incredible education benefit that allows members to earn degrees that when paired with their work experience, prepares them to move up the career ladder in the Dept. of Education and earn better salaries,” said Local 372 and DC 37 President Shaun D. Francois, I. Francois and Henry Garrido, DC 37’s executive director, along with the union’s Education Fund and Research and Negotiations Dept. are working to retain and improve this benefit that provides three different choices for members in qualifying Local 372 titles to earn a free college education. “Currently 20 Local 372 members are enrolled in the LaGuardia program and working towards their [More...]

SSEU Local 371: Be Counted, Be Heard

February 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS SSEU Local 371’s Black Heritage program ‘Be Counted, Be Heard’ on Feb. 7, examined the breadth and depth of Black excellence. The celebration featured the Noel Pointer Foundation youth string quintet; a dramatization of historic African royalty, and dynamic guest speakers U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes and Jennifer Jones Austin, a faith and social justice activist and CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. “The Black experience is rich in contributions and pain,” said SSEU Local 371 President Anthony Wells. “Black history serves as a reminder and a path to progress. The paths we took are similar to the paths we chose to take in the union movement. Both are about dignity and respect.” The local welcomed NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, DC 37 and Local 372 President Shawn D. Francois I and DC 37 Executive [More...]

Two DC 37 leaders Honored by New York Daily News

February 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The NY Daily News recognized DC 37 leaders Shaun D. Francois I, president of DC 37 and Board of Education Employees Local 372, and SSEU Local 371 President Anthony Wells, along with four other Black labor leaders during Black History Month. Citing the positive impact unions have on the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, union members and their families, the Daily News highlighted Francois and Wells along with New York Nursing Association executive Karine Raymond; 32BJ union President Kyle Bragg; TWU Local 100 Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp and Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen. “Black New York area labor union executives are working daily for their members and helping them forge better futures,” the article reported. “All the execs are committed to maintaining and gaining benefits for their members — [More...]

Equal Pay For Equal Work! Local 372 Goes to Court for School Crossing Guards

June 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE The union is backing a legal effort to equalize pay for the more than 2,500 school crossing guards with the city’s Traffic Enforcement Agents, both of whom perform the same work. Board of Education Employees Local 372 held a rally and press conference in front of the federal Court House in Foley Square in lower Manhattan on May 16, shortly before an important hearing in a lawsuit against New York City stating it is in violation of the Equal Pay Act. The case, Miller v. New York, was filed on behalf of the union’s school crossing guards, workers who are predominantly female and paid substantially less than the city’s Traffic Enforcement Agents who perform similar job functions—and are mainly male. The goal of the lawsuit is to equalize pay between the SCAs and TEAs, given that the latter is often called upon to work as crossing guards, but at the same rate as their [More...]