Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin Friday, February 10th advised that a joint meeting of the Budget and Education Committees was convened earlier in the week, On Tuesday, February 7th, discussion over the proposed contracts for the Yonkers Council of Administrators, negotiated by Yonkers City Hall, and approved by its membership months ago, and the Yonkers Federation of Teachers (YFT), likewise negotiated that and membership approved, defined both as “fair contracts with concessions from both sides, and further, that Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada had “indicated that the funding for these contracts is in place in the upcoming budget.”
McLaughlin stipulates that “while the Council of Administrators contract was referred to the agenda for next Tuesday evening without issue, the YFT contract was held over pending an agreement on an e-mail policy that requires teachers to respond to parents emails.” In language that attempts to disparage the YFT and its leadership, McLaughlin advises, “you might be surprised to learn that even though e-mail has been around since 1972 and has become ubiquitous throughout society since the mid-1990s, the Yonkers Public Schools still has no formal e-mail policy on the books and there is no requirement that employees respond timely to parents concerns, or even reply at all. Nearly every other district in the state has such a policy.” What McLaughlin fails to advise, is that the broadband capacity available to interact with email inquiry or discourse was lacking due to an inability or a lack of interest to bring the Yonkers Public Schools District to modernity. Yonkers Chief Operating Officer (COO) Robert Cacace can attest to that fact that the infrastructure has only recently come online.
Further disingenuous expression by McLaughlin asserts that: “We on the Council feel this should change. We know there are many Yonkers teachers that do already communicate by email and we applaud them for it.”
Continuing, McLaughlin states, “This Council wants to encourage parents to communicate easily with their children’s teacher. The proposed contract includes a provision for the creation of a board to hash out an email policy next year. I think we can do better and get this done now.”
McLaughlin gave notice to his assertion when he knew full well that the issue of reaching an accommodation was still underway. In fact, Yonkers Tribune, having gained information from sources in the know, and gaining further corroboration from other sources with knowledge can affirm that accommodation was reached in defining parameters of engaging the parents / guardians of children attending the Yonkers Public Schools District. Proof that the email issue was not previously resolved can be inferred by Yonkers City Hall’s negotiating team not including the issue as part of their negotiation requirements when agreed to and thereafter approved by the YFT membership. The reality is that broadband capacity did not exist.
McLaughlin has revealed through his preference for “alternative news” by his own writing as opposed to divulging all the facts and circumstances with gravitas.
McLaughlin’s dishonest telling telling speaks to his demeanor. He intends to undermine and harangue the YFT leadership in an effort to exact political support for his re-election bid for Yonkers City Council President from them in the upcoming November 2017 contest in which he is known among political insiders to likely face a formidable challenge from Michael Khader, Esq. who will challenge McLaughlin for City Council President.
The Yonkers City Council cannot help but bring the two contractually agreed to and membership approved agreements by approving a 2017 IMA that incorporates these contracts.
At issue now is when will Yonkers City Hall conclude an agreement with respect to the 1,500 members of CSEA Unit 9160 that has yet to be resolved. The CSEA membership’s last contract was signed over 3 years ago. When will Yonkers City Hall recognize the least paid of all union members in Yonkers?