SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Syracuse Teachers Association announced that its union president, William Scott, died unexpectedly over the weekend.
Scott was elected union president in July of 2019 after first serving as a vice president for five years. Before doing union work full-time, he worked at the Syracuse City School District as a social worker.
Scott became a vocal advocate for his teacher members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, fighting for them to return to as safe a work place as possible.
In its statement, the STA writes: “Words cannot express the emotions caused by this huge loss, of a father, husband, union Brother, and dear friend.”
Moments after the union statement, the Syracuse City School District Superintendent sent his own:
“The Board of Education, the Syracuse Teachers Association and I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of William “Bill” Scott, Jr. We are deeply saddened by his tragic and sudden death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carolyn, their children and his family during this very difficult time.”
Scott is also being remembered by New York State United Teachers, the state-level union of teachers.
President Andy Pallotta writes: “A passionate advocate for Syracuse students and education professionals, Bill always brought a positive approach to his leadership and ensured that all voices were heard. He carried himself with great integrity and always took pride in his work. As a union family, we are here for Bill’s family in this heartbreaking time and extend our full support to his loved ones.”
Details on services have not yet been finalized, according to the union.