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Mr. do it all still waiting for back pay

May 7, 2012

IRVINGTON, NJ — Salvatore Gallegos has been a bus driver, a boiler maintainer, a painter and a custodian for Irvington Public Schools, according to The Star-Ledger.

Gallegos always received stellar evaluations until 2003 when the district stopped that practice, the article stated.

According to the article, in December 2009, a new head custodian was hired at the high school and Gallegos received three letters of complaint within a month; he was fired in February 2010.

The firing was unjust, according to Gallegos, and he and his union began a slow moving battle to prove he had deserved better; an arbitrator awarded Gallegos back pay of $68,000 and the board was ordered to reinstate him, the article noted.

However, 14 months after the settlement and eight months after the board okayed the back pay, Gallegos is still waiting for payment, the article added.

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