New York, NY —
The city's largest municipal workers union is hitting the airwaves in a campaign to prevent school employees from being laid off. Between 850 and 900 school aides, health aides, and lunch workers are losing their jobs by October. The layoffs were announced in the spring.
The union, District Council 37, claims the city could find other ways to save money, and that the workers keep students safe and ready to learn.
A Department of Education spokeswoman says the layoffs are unavoidable because of budget cuts, and that significant savings have already been made in central administration.
No teachers are being laid off.