NY Schools Union Upset Over Chief's 'Educational' Cuba Trip

Monday, 24 Mar 2014 12:22 PM

By Joe Battaglia

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Opponents of the president of the New York City public school union are calling foul over his recent "educational trip" to Cuba while members continue to work without a contract, according to The New York Post.

Santos Crespo Jr., who heads the NYC Board of Education Employees Local 372, traveled to Cuba in 2012. The trip is being called into question among other perceived frivolous expenditures made as the union's 23,000 parent coordinators, crossing guards, and cafeteria workers have been without a contract since 2010.

"Cuba is on the international list of human rights violators. How can he go there under Local 372’s name?" Donald Nesbitt, a June candidate for union vice president, told The Post. "What can he bring back from Cuba that will help our members with their issues? Absolutely nothing."

According to The Post, Crespo has voiced is opposition to the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba and supports the campaign to help the "Cuban 5" spies, who were convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the United States. They were known as part of the "Wasp Network" sent by Cuba's then-President Fidel Castro to spy in South Florida.

Crespo, a Puerto Rican born in East Harlem and raised in the Bronx, declined to comment on the furor over his trip. He gushed, however, about the trip in a special union newsletter, which featured a picture of the Cuban flag and the headline "We are One – Somos Uno."

"I was in awe and felt inspired," Crespo wrote. "The education system in Cuba is not a profit-driven or politically driven system." He added that there’s "zero illiteracy," and admired the fact that virtually all school workers in Cuba belong to the union.

The trip abroad is just one obstacle Crespo will have to overcome in his re-election bid against executive board member Shaun Francois.

The Post report says Crespo filed a motion in Manhattan state Supreme Court to seal records of a legal payout and settlement the union made with its former political director, Monica Davids. Crespo fired Davids over a dispute, but she filed counterclaims for more than $7,000 in back pay and $150,000 in legal expenses. The settlement is believed to have cost the union "tens of thousands of dollars."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Michelle Obama Laments, Lightly, Life at the White House

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 11:36 AM

Michelle Obama, in a visit with ill children at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, says that living in the White H . . .

Housing Starts and Building Permits Plunge

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 10:04 AM

 . . .

Stoners Get High on Love with Marijuana Dating Sites

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 09:54 AM

Dinner and a movie make for a typical date night but dinner followed by a joint could raise some eyebrows or be a turn-o . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved