NYC education union boss sued for foolishly wasting members’ dues


The president of Community 372 — which represents some of the cheapest-paid city staffers — has drained the group’s coffers on wage hikes, unnecessary decorating and a $10 million Manhattan business house, two users allege in a new lawsuit.

Union associates Paul Brathwaite, who is jogging for president, and Anthony Gordon, who is working for executive vice president, leveled the explosive rates versus present president Shaun Francois in a lawsuit submitted Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court and aimed at shedding a lot more light-weight on the organization’s books.

Neighborhood 372 represents about 23,000 Section of Training workers who do not work as lecturers or in security positions, the filing states.

The pair allege that Francois’ “profligate spending” has led to a $10 million decrease in the group’s liquid property above five yrs, the go well with suggests.

In 2019, the union acquired an workplace place for $9,289,821 at 20 West 33rd Street, getting out a property finance loan of $5 million.

“[The union] is now stuck with an place of work condominium in the midst of a commercial true estate crash,” the match states.

The suit alleges revenue was squandered on redecorating the union’s office environment — and that Francois named a person of the refurbished rooms “The Charles Hughes Executive Convention Room” in homage to the longtime previous president, who was convicted in 1999 of embezzling $2 million. The accommodate doesn’t specify the office’s location.

The filing also blasts Francois for his expanding wage. In 2014, he earned $175,000, and by 2018, the newest yr for which facts is available, he raked in $221,579, according to the accommodate. He acquired an extra stipend of $21,000 for costs.

The accommodate also names union treasurer David Keye and other folks, alleging breach of fiduciary obligation and imprudent investing.

They are inquiring a decide to force the leaders to launch the union’s financial information prior to the approaching election in Oct.

They allege that Francois and Keye continue to keep the union’s finances a intently guarded solution, refusing to give the board or customers entry to the guides — in violation of Neighborhood 372’s Structure.

Francois and Keye did not promptly return a request for comment.