PROSPECT HEIGHTS (WPIX)—Union members gathered outside M.S. 571 in Prospect Heights on Tuesday to rally against potential school layoffs.
Members of Local 372 said they believe Department of Education officials are preparing pink slips and layoff notices for nearly 800 school aides and parent coordinators.
They said, based on what they were told, most of the job losses would be felt in Central Brooklyn, Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx -- communities already in need of better social services and suffering from higher unemployment rates.
Union members said over the past three years, over 2,200 valuable service members have been laid off from local schools.