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Statement in Solidarity with Locked-out LIUFF Colleagues

Submitted by Executive Council on Wed, 09/07/2016 - 14:01


September 14, 2016 Update: The lock out is over! Follow this link to read the details:

Resolution passed by the Rutgers AAUP-AFT Executive Council
Statement in Solidarity with Our Locked-out LIUFF Colleagues
Adopted on September 7, 2016

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The Executive Council of Rutgers AAUP-AFT, representing more than 7,000 faculty, adjuncts, postdocs and graduate student employees and counselors, stands in solidarity with our colleagues at Long Island University Faculty Federation (LIUFF) at Brooklyn’s campus who have been locked out by their administration.

We are outraged by the LIU administration’s unprecedented attempts to strong-arm faculty into accepting an intolerable contract that would undermine faculty governance, reduce benefits, cut adjunct pay, pit faculty against each other and deny thousands of students the education they are paying for dearly, many going into steep debt to attain a degree.

We are deeply concerned to read about the regressive terms for part-timers that include cuts to their benefits fund and a 25% cut in earnings potential, onerous workload increases for librarians, and even the imposition of a post-tenure review process that would undermine the academic freedom that tenure was established to defend. The list of concessions is truly stunning, and the LIU administration’s lockout on the eve of Labor Day weekend prior to a faculty vote indicates that even management suspects their demands are unacceptable to any unionized faculty.

We are committed to standing with our LIU colleagues in their fight for a fair contract. Further, we believe that all higher education unions should join in solidarity to oppose this lockout and any attempts to undermine our LIU colleagues’ ability to provide the highest quality education to their students. An injury to one is an injury to all.


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