Shaun D. Francois I
President, Local 372
His rise began when he accepted a position with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) as a Substitute Senior School Lunch Helper. However, as a teenager in the 1980s , President Francois paid a visit to DC 37 headquarters 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 placed a laser focus on mentoring and recruiting new members. As such, he became the first Chairman of Local 372’s Next Wave Committee, 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.
As President, Shaun D. Francois I, achieved many goals for his union. He signed a contract with the Mayor Bill de Blasio to increase the salaries of more than 2,300 School Crossing Guards –the lowest payed employees in the union. He restored the depleted Severance Related Fund, which provides health benefits to the local’s retirees and their families.
He made history by creating a Level II, full time supervisory position for School Crossing Guards, first time ever in the entire country.
Every year he is able to get, by strong legislation, additional funding for SAPIS Counselors, working towards his goal of having SAPIS Counselors in every single public school in the city. He has a state-of-the-art mobile van, equipped to service the members at work sites. He added additional School Representatives to efficiently serve the members.
His main goal is to make Local 372 great again, and the 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.
- Member of D.C. 37 Finance Committee
- Alternate Trustee on the New York City Board of Retirement System (BERS)
- Vice-President of American Association of Classified School Employees (AACSE)
- An active member of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
- New York City Central Labor Council Delegate
- An active member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU)
- Officer-at-Large of International CBTU Executive Council
- Member of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Chair of the DC 37 Disability Advisory Committee
- Member of AFSCME Federal Policy Committee