RCSD School Board approves 221 layoffs of non-teaching employees, BENTE responds

Updated: September 25, 2020 11:57 AM
Created: September 24, 2020 11:10 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — BENTE Local 2419 has responded to the Rochester City School District School Board's decision approving 221 layoffs of non-teaching employees.

The vote happened over a Zoom meeting on Thursday night. 

The majority of the laid-off employees were school security officers and food service workers. The head of the BENTE union told News10NBC they began receiving notices last week.

On Friday, the union released a statement responding to the decision. 

“The unpaid furlough proposed by the district would cause the people who can least afford it, to pay percentages of their own healthcare for an unspecified length of time, with lower unemployment benefits – leaving them in a financial freefall,” BENTE President Dan DiClemente said. “Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small, her exorbitant cabinet, and the Board of Education should practice what they preach and institute a furlough on themselves to fully appreciate the impact of what has been suggested as an option.”

This follows the RCSD’s decision to go all-remote for the first 10 weeks of this school year.

Thursday night's decision was unanimous.

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