To all CSEA 9169 members, families, and the Yonkers community,
YONKERS, NY — March 16, 2020 — We received notification from YPS Superintendent Dr. Quezada that all 12-month CSEA employees, and food service workers are to report to school/work today. (Yonkers Tribune did not get to this letter until after midnight of March 16, but the membership received this letter yesterday afternoon). As President of CSEA 9169, a lifelong Yonkers resident, and community advocate, I feel it is incorrect asking our members to return to work Monday morning due to the confusion and mixed messages our members are receiving, with no plan of action for the moment and beyond, in this tense and sensitive time; And without the proper personal protective equipment for nurses, food service workers, custodians, maintenance workers, etc.
This is a National and Statewide State of Emergency. It is irresponsible, given the nature of the crisis we are in, to put our members’ health at risk, increasing their possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus, as well as exposing it to their family and loved ones. To all CSEA members please be careful. If you are at greater risk to being seriously ill due to past health issues or are seriously concerned about being exposed to COVID-19, please feel free to use your accrued time during this period.
I am demanding a meeting with the Superintendent as early as possible to discuss our members’ safety and our major areas of concern for all 1,500 members of CSEA 9169 and the larger community. CSEA needs to be an integral part of the decision making, not just told as a result of. It is our goal after we meet, to be able to tell all of our members that the YPS cares for our health and well-being as a priority, not as a consequence.
CSEA 9169 Headquarters, 1061 North Broadway, Suite “B”, Yonkers, NY 10701
Tel: 914-378-4084 / Tel: 914-378-4085 / Fax: 914-378-4086
Direct email to: LionelTurner.firstname.lastname@example.org