Dear Commons Community,
A contract dispute between the union representing Long Island University-Brooklyn faculty and the university’s administration has led to a planned lockout just as the fall semester is set to begin.
The university plans to lock out faculty beginning at midnight tonight (Saturday), LIU’s university counsel Gail Haynes said.
Below is an appeal from Jessica Rosenberg, the LIU Faculty Federation President.
The administration of Long Island University is marking Labor Day with an unprecedented lockout of full- and part-time faculty at its Brooklyn campus who have been engaged in a hard fight for a fair contract since spring.
LIU’s administration has told the hundreds of members of the Long Island University Faculty Federation (NYSUT/AFT) that they are barred from the university’s campus as of 12:01 a.m. this morning. Their pay is being stopped. And yesterday afternoon, they received notice that their health insurance will also be cut off this morning—with less than a day’s notice.
In labor history, lockouts are also known as “employer strikes.” LIU has chosen the weekend when Americans reflect on the importance of the labor movement to strike against LIU’s faculty—and against the 8,170 students on LIU’s Brooklyn campus. LIU plans to redeploy administrators and hired strikebreakers to teach these students when classes begin this week.
Tell LIU’s administration to let its faculty return to work, restore their pay and benefits, and settle a fair contract now.[click.actionnetwork.org]