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Union members: North Colonie district officials tight-lipped about personnel matter

Outside an Employee Relations Committee meeting, Tuesday night, June 24, several angry CSEA labor union members voiced concern to Spotlight Newspapers about the district's unanimous decision to reinstate Director of Facilities Tim Bonk after complaints of his alleged harassment toward several North Colonie employees.

The union members, who claimed that they could only speak on the condition of anonymity out of what they described as fear that they might lose their jobs, said that they were told the meeting, in which Shaker High School Hall Monitor Linda Mancuso had planned to speak up about the reinstatement, began at 8 p.m.

According to Assistant Superintendent for Business Thomas Rybaltowski, meetings have never taken place at 8 p.m. and only begin at either 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. This meeting, district officials said, was originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. But Rybaltowski said that after hearing that Mancuso had planned to speak up at the meeting before the Board of Education went into executive session, the board had planned to move the meeting to a new location which supported a larger capacity, and earlier in time to 7:00 p.m. so that the board could attend to its regular business, leaving Mancuso enough time to speak.

But the union members were unaware of the time change, according to Mancuso. \We thought the meeting was at eight o'clock, she said, "I was given permission to speak and they changed the time without telling us. I'm done. I've said what I had to say."

According to Rybaltowski, the member of personnel who typically posts Web site updates on meeting times and locations happened to be away on vacation this week, though officials had thought the Web site was being updated by another member of personnel. Rybaltowski said the change in time was decided over a week ago.

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