September 06, 2016

NYSUT affirms support for locked out LIU-Brooklyn faculty

Source: NYSUT Media Relations

ALBANY, N.Y. September 6, 2016 – New York State United Teachers today affirmed its support for faculty at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus and said it is “unconscionable” that administrators locked out 400 faculty members; hired scab “imposters” to teach classes and unilaterally cut health benefits.

More than 400 full- and part-time faculty members are preparing for a mass rally at 8 a.m. Wednesday, just hours after they rejected management’s latest offer, 226-10, as woefully inadequate. Faculty at LIU’s Brooklyn campus—represented by the NYSUT-affiliated Long Island University Faculty Federation – were locked out September 3 by exploitive administrators who have hired scab workers to teach the school’s 8,000 students.

NYSUT President Karen E. Magee said the union’s officers and more than 600,000 members stand with the LIUFF in their fight for academic freedom, fair wages and health benefits and working conditions that support a strong academic program for students.

“NYSUT stands with our sisters and brothers of the LIUFF and its president, Jessica Rosenberg,” said NYSUT President Karen E. Magee. “It is unconscionable to see – as the rest of the nation just honored workers on Labor Day -- the administration's use of tactics that undercut faculty rights and jeopardize the college’s educational program.”

NYSUT represents more than 600,000 teachers, school-related professionals, academic and professional faculty in higher education, professionals in education and health care and retirees. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers; National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

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