December 10, 2007

Santa joins union members at Pace University rallies

Source: NYSUT Media Relations

PLEASANTVILLE / MANHATTAN, December 10, 2007 – Santa Claus will join hundreds of Pace University adjunct faculty and other unionists to demand that the university "show some respect" at rallies Tuesday in Pleasantville and Thursday in Manhattan. Attendees will "carol" their concerns about Pace's disrespectful treatment of adjunct faculty.

The rallies will be held:

Tuesday, Dec. 11 , at 4:15 p.m. in front of Pace's Pleasantville campus in Westchester County, across from the "Pleasantville/Sleepy Hollow" exit of the northbound Taconic, and just west of the Bedford road exit of Route 100, and

Thursday, Dec. 13 , at 5 p. m. at Pace's downtown campus, 1 Pace Plaza in Manhattan, just south of the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge, near the corner of Spruce Street and Park Row.

The Pace adjuncts have been involved in protracted contract negotiations with the university for more than three years, as Pace has used delaying legal actions to prevent a fair agreement.

The Pace faculty will use the school's Employee Recognition Day as an opportunity to tell the real story about Pace's treatment of its staff.

"We deserve to be treated as professionals and compensated fairly by this university," said John Pawlowski, president of the Union of Adjunct Faculty at Pace. "Let's tell Pace that real employee recognition is union recognition.

"We are tired of the university's stalling," Pawlowski added. "The administration should stop wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting its own employees and our right to union recognition."

For more information, please contact:

Julie Berman, Organizer, NYSUT – office (212) 989-3470, cell (646)765-6250

Daniel Esakoff, Organizer, NYSUT – office (212) 989-3470, cell (917) 934-8275

UAFP represents more than 1,000 adjunct faculty at Pace's three campuses. Both are affiliated with New York State United Teachers, the 585,000-member union of professionals throughout New York state.


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