Yonkers school union calls for change following death of coworker

A union in the Yonkers public schools is calling for change after a member died from the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Apr 11, 2020, 2:14 AM

Updated 1,500 days ago

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A union in the Yonkers public schools is calling for change after a member died from the coronavirus.

"A nice person ... no one had anything negative to say about her, but if she wasn't that way, did she deserve to die?" said Yonkers Public School Union CSEA 9169 President Lionel Turner.

The woman, who has not been identified, worked as an essential clerk in special education for the district.

The union is now calling for a change, saying social distancing guidelines are not enforced enough.

Turner says up to 100 people are doing essential work out of district buildings at a time.

In a statement, Yonkers Public School Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada said in part, "...we must remain operational and conduct all of the organization's business as well as follow the guidelines set forth by the governor."
This means they must continue providing meals, instruction for their 27,000 students and childcare for front line workers.

CSEA 9169 is calling on a number of other local unions, the district's superintendent and Mayor Mike Spano to discuss a possible solution. That meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.

The union represents school district workers in food services, nurses and custodians.
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