Union Board Sends Ultimatum to Suspended President

Last January, the executive board of the Syracuse Teachers Association suspended president Karen Fruscello for reasons too stupid to repeat here.

The board didn’t have the authority to do so, but here we are. Now the board is threatening to do something for which it does have the power: call on the STA representative assembly to remove Fruscello from office.

In the meantime, the board gave Fruscello the opportunity to resign.

The board charged Fruscello with, among other things, “union busting.” Naturally, she refused to resign.

The STA representative assembly meets tomorrow, though an impeachment trial is not listed on the agenda. It would take a two-thirds vote to declare the presidency vacant.

That might be a difficult threshold to meet, if the members quoted in the Syracuse.com story are any indication. Meanwhile, the specter of NYSUT or AFT intervention hangs over the process.