CSEA Letter to Bus Monitors
By CSEA 9169 President DULANI TURNER

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This Letter Was First Issued on August 27, 2020

YONKERS, NY — August 28, 2020 — Good  afternoon  CSEA  9169  sisters  and  brothers,  last  night  the  YPS  Board of  Trustees  decided  to  furlough  over  400  Bus  Monitors  from  August  30th,  2020  to October  5th,  2020.  This  news  was  very  disappointing  and  heartbreaking  to  hear.  Our Bus  Monitors  are  close  to  minimum  wage  workers  but  are  charged  with  one  of  the most  important  jobs  of  transporting  our  children  ages  4  and  up.  They  make  sure  our children  are  safe,  in  good  spirits,  and  fed  every  morning  and  afternoon. 

This  is  very  troublesome  that  400  employees  who  travel  to  work  in  all weather  conditions  some  by  car,  others  by  public  transportation  at  5AM  in  the morning,  will  now  have  to  file  for  unemployment  and  possibly  lose  Health  and Dental  benefits  because  the  BOE  couldn’t  keep  them  on  payroll  for  3-4  weeks.  The same  Bus  Monitors  who  protected  and  fed  our  students  until  12AM  during  a  Ice Storm  two  years  ago.  It  would  only  cost  $350,000  to  remain  on  payroll,  on  a  budget that  was  approved  to  pay  our  Bus  Monitors  from  September 20-June  21.  CSEA  Officers had  offered  ways  to  keep  our  Bus  Monitors  active  and  on  payroll  by  offering trainings  for  employees  to  attend,  help  out  at  District  Office,  but  it  obviously  fell upon  deaf  ears. 

CSEA  is  very  understanding  of  the  lack  of  funding  the  BOE  receives  from the  NYS  and  the  20%  reduction  by  the  Governor  made  to  this  year’s  budget.  We understand  layoffs  and  furloughs  have  been  happening  all  over  this  country  during the  Pandemic.  It  is  still  tragic  and  pathetic  that  over  400  families  are  now  being  told to  figure  it  out  when  it  comes  to  their  rent  being  paid,  putting  food  on  their  table, and  taking  care  of  their  families.    We  will  continue  these  discussions  with  the  BOE and  the  City  of  Yonkers  for  something  to  be  done,  because  this  cannot  stand.  We must  fight  and  find  ways  to  express  our  displeasure.  This  is  not  a  new  normal  our families  should  have  to  deal  with.  Please  contact  your  City  Council,  BOE  Trustees, Superintendent,  and  Mayor,  let  them  know  they  must  find  a  better  solution  than  the one  they  made. 

I  have  attached  numerous  documents  to  help  inform  bus  monitors  and  any CSEA  employee  who  is  being  affected  by  furloughs  and  layoffs.  Please  read  them carefully.  Please  contact  the  CSEA  Office  for  any  and  all  questions.  Once  again brothers  and  sisters,  we  are  all  in  this  until  we  are  all  out  of  it.  United  we  stand, divided  we  fall.  Stay  strong  and  vigilant  as  ever. 

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eHeziCSEA Letter to Bus Monitors
By CSEA 9169 President DULANI TURNER

Comments 10

  1. Mike Khader is such a phony watching him paint the Black Lives Matter Mural and 20 minutes later he will be praising law enforcement.
    Do Yonkers a favor and don’t run for re-election

  2. The YPS should get rid of all the principals on special assignment ,all the administrators that retired and are now back double dipping furlough the night janitors and their supervisor . Hire a professional cleaning company the current janitors are never trained in proper cleaning techniques .The facilities our still filthy 6 months into pandemic a trained eye can point out the u cleaned areas in a heart beat . The superintendent is overpaid and is in the Mayor’s pocket as are the CSEA clerk s working in his office including the Mayors sister in law.

  3. Excuse me and no disrespect intended, but were you paid for the period of March through June, when students were NOT GOING TO SCHOOL? There is something I don’t understand.

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