Common Council member James Streeto spoke during the public session of the Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening and asked BOE members to help facilitate the donation of sick time hours by union members to a newly employed school cafeteria worker.
The union, Local 466 has asked the school district to allow members to donate their own sick time hours to the new employee, but so far the school administration has resisted, causing a controversy with the union and additional tension between the city and the school administration.
"The rhetoric on this topic needs to be dialed down," Streeto said. "As it needs to be dialed down on a number of issues in this city."
Streeto urged the board to appoint a representative to work with the city's Personnel Review Committee to find a compromise.
"It's been the subject of too much heat and not enough light," Streeto said. "And it's about helping someone who truly needs help, and I suspect that's the reason we all got into politics in the first place."
Later in the meeting BOE chairman Ted Raczka suggested that the issue was in the hands of the PRC, and he was optimistic about a positive outcome.