School workers enraged over union president raise
Many Yonkers public school workers are speaking out against the recent promotion and pay raise for their union president.
Some members of the Civil Service Employees Association union, the organization that represents non-teaching staff, are upset that president Bobbie DiBattista accepted a promotion worth nearly $16,000 a year.
In June, the union voted to accept a pay freeze in order to save 400 jobs of their fellow workers. Many employees feel that since their pay is frozen, it is poor timing for the union head to accept a raise. Some are calling for her dismissal.
DiBattista defended her sizable pay raise in a statement to News 12: "I negotiated with the superintendent to save 368 people, I took zero as well. I passed this test four years ago and was on a waiting list. I feel I am deserving and I don't want to hurt my members."
DiBatista now makes $92,000 a year.