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SHAUN D. FRANCOIS I
Wonderful personality, positive outlook, a very dependable person, hard worker and a great motivator are the attributes to best describe Shaun D. Francois I, the successful president of Local 372.
After working N.Y.C. Department of Education for more than 22 years in various different titles, on August 2014, Shaun D. Francois I, was elected the new President of Local 372, the largest local in District Council 37 (D.C. 37) with a membership of over 23,000. President Francois also was elected Vice President of D.C. 37 in November 2014.
President Francois’ ascension to the Presidency began more than 23 years ago when he accepted a position with the New York City Department of Education (D.O.E.), formerly known as the New York City Board of Education, as a Substitute Senior School Lunch Helper. However, in the 1980’s as a teenager, President Francois paid a visit to D.C. 37 and was impressed by the activism and dedication of the membership. This visit ignited a desire to belong to a union and to fight for his fellow man.
President Francois held several titles within the D.O.E.: Permanent Senior School Lunch Helper; Assistant Cook; and Loader and Handler. While being an exemplary employee, he also became very active in the labor movement whereby he provided a strong voice for those who were otherwise voiceless. Never being one to shy away from a challenge, he did not accept any intolerance or injustice at the work place. Quickly his fellow employees took notice and elected him to various leadership positions within the union, such as Secretary for Monthly/Annual School Lunch Helpers and later Chairperson of that same chapter, Shop Steward for many years, Executive Board Member representing Monthly/Annual School Lunch Employees. Thereafter, President Francois’ leadership abilities earned him the opportunity to become Secretary of Local 372’s Cultural Committee. Realizing however, that the future of the labor movement is inextricably linked to labor activism, President Francois placed a laser focus on mentoring and recruiting new members. As such, he became the first Chairman of Local 372’s Next Wave Committee, which was created for the purpose of preparing the next generation of union leaders. With Francois’ recent victory, he became the first “Next Waver” to be elected to high office.
President Francois has set many ambitious goals including protecting the rights of workers and eliminating income inequality. He has launched a campaign focused on increasing the minimum wage to $15 for Local 372’s lowest paid workers, and therefore ensuring that every worker has an opportunity to enhance their lives.
In his first 2 years of presidency, Shaun D. Francois I, achieved many goals for his union. He signed a contract with the Mayor of New York City to increase the salaries of more than 2300 School Crossing Guards (lowest payed employees with in the union). He put together a state-of-the art Mobile Van which is equipped to service the members on their work site. He added, extra School Representatives to more efficiently service the members. Hi main goal is to make Local 372 great again, he wants his members to feel strong knowing that there is a union fighting on their behalves. He pledges not to rest, until all Local 372 members have a fair, comfortable and good paying job positions.
* A Member of D.C. 37 Finance Committee
* An Alternate Trustee on the New York City Board of Education Retirement System (BERS)
* An active member of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
* A Delegate on the New York City Central Labor Council
* An active member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU)
* Served as a panelist at the 2013 CBTU Conference where he spoke about the importance
of developing new leaders in the Labor Movement.
* Member of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
* Member of Next Wave Committee