Shaun D. Francois I
President, Local 372
In the past 25 years he worked in several capacities at the Dept. of Education. He’s worked as a substitute School Lunch Helper, Senior School Lunch Helper, Assistant Cook, Cook and worked for 15 years as a Loader and Handler. He became a shop steward to advocate on behalf of his coworkers when he saw how poorly management treated them. “I saw people fired after 15 and 20 years on the job; that’s not right,” he said.
In 2014, he tossed his hat into the ring and ran for local president. Elected that August, he quickly set out to make changes. The local filed a pay parity lawsuit on behalf of School Crossing Guards against the Dept. of Education. SCGs perform similar duties as Traffic Enforcement Agents but get paid less. A resident of Rosedale, Queens, Francois chairs Local 372’s Next Wave Ad Hoc Committee and is secretary of its Cultural Committee.