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Metal Detectors in Public Schools: Setting Priorities – Students’ Safety in the Real World

In a recent report issued by the NYPD over a four-month period, from July to November, School Safety Agents seized more than 400 knives, stun guns and illegal drugs in and around City public schools on 355 occasions.

These statistics fly in the face of a new initiative introduced by Mayor de Blasio called: “Roadmap To Reduced Punitive School Discipline and Make Schools Safer,” which calls for the use of non-law enforcement tools, including a decreased presence of metal detectors. The  “roadmap” was developed by the Department of Education, the NYPD and a 150-member “School Climate Leadership Team,” predicated on their finding that school violence is down over 29% during the last four years.

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School Safety Agent Settlement – A Hard Fought Victory

Left to right: Bernice Christopher, President Gregory Floyd, Patricia Williams, and Corinthians Andrews (seated).
Left to right: Bernice Christopher, President Gregory Floyd, Patricia Williams, and Corinthians Andrews (seated).

Since 2010, Teamsters Local 237 fought to end the pay inequity of School Safety Agents (SSAs). SSAs had been earning approximately $7,000 a year less than their counterparts in other City agencies. With over 70% of the SSAs being women — mostly African Americans and Latinas — and 70% of other “Peace Officer” titles comprised of men, the class action, gender-based pay discrimination lawsuit that ensued, reached an historic settlement in August of 2014.

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Acuerdo Para Agentes de Seguridad Escolar – Una Victoria Bien Reñida

Izquierda a derecha: Gregory Floyd en el podio, con las galardonadas: Bernice Christopher, Patricia Williams y Corinthians Andrews (sentada).

Izquierda a derecha: Gregory Floyd en el podio, con las galardonadas: Bernice Christopher, Patricia Williams y Corinthians Andrews (sentada).

237 había estado luchando para acabar con la inequidad de sueldo de los Agentes de Seguridad Escolar, que ganaban aproximadamente $7,000 menos anualmente que sus homólogos en otras agencias de seguridad pública. Con más del 70% de los Agentes de Seguridad Escolar siendo mujeres – y en su mayoría Afro Americanas o Latinas, – y el 70% de los títulos en las otras agencias “del orden público” siendo hombres, la demanda legal de clase, basada en discriminación de sueldo por razón de sexo, llegó a un acuerdo en Agosto de 2014.

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Dec 2014/Jan 2015

Our Future Begins with a Solemn Oath

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Hoffa, third from left, stands with newly sworn in board members. They are, from left, Edmund Kane, trustee; Ruben Torres, secretarytreasurer, President Gregory Floyd; Richard Hendershot, vice president, Jeanette Taveras and Curtis Scott, trustees; and Patricia Stryker, recording secretary.

Guests, including many elected officials, filled Local 237’s union hall on Jan. 17 for the Installation Ceremony that kicked off the next five-year term for President Gregory Floyd and six executive board members. James P. Hoffa, general president, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, officiated, and George Miranda, vice president at-large, IBT, and president, Joint Council 16, served as master of ceremonies. The Rev. Robert Royal of St. Paul Baptist Church delivered the invocation.

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Floyd Testifies at Hearing on NYCHA Lighting

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President Gregory Floyd is joined at City Council by David Jones, president and CEO of Community Service Society, center, and Victor Bach, senior housing policy analyst, CSS.

President Gregory Floyd testified at a City Council oversight hearing on the relationship between lighting and safety at New York City Housing Authority in the wake of the Akai Gurley shooting. The hearing was held on Dec. 16.

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Atascada Primera Negociación con NYCHA

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Miembros del comité de negociaciónes prestan atención.

Rompiendo con lo tradicional, Shola Olatoye, presidenta y ejecutiva principal de la Autoridad de Viviendas de la Ciudad de Nueva York, no asistió a la primera reunión de negociación que tuvo lugar Diciembre 10, 2014 en la sede del Local 237. También, la gerencia se abstuvo de presentar alguna propuesta. En su lugar, el Comisionado Laboral de la Ciudad, Bob Linn, solicitó al comité “apretar el botón de reajuste” en cuanto a relaciones obrero-patronales, y el Gerente General, George House dio un resumen de las malas condiciones económicas de NYCHA.

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President's Awards

  • Thomas Coppola

    Thomas Coppola

    Shop Foreman
    Auto Mechanic Foreman
    Town of Babylon
    Long Island Division

    Mr. Coppola has been a member of Local 237 since 1984.   A longtime shop steward, he enjoys representing members and “keeping everything fair and being certain that the members get everything they deserve.” He believes that unions provide important protections to all Americans – both unionized and not. He appreciates the benefits that come with membership.  Mr. Coppola enjoys spending time with his wife and sons; he also enjoys working around the house, gardening and hot rods.

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Oral History Project

James Spicer's Little League Football Team

James SpicerFor 16 of his 38 years as a heating plant technician and shop steward at Breukelen Houses, from 1970-86, James Spicer coached a little league football team, with help from Local 237. Following is Spicer’s story of the Falcons.

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