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Sisters & Brother---we demanded Long Island University end its unprecedented faculty lockout at its Brooklyn campus. Thanks to your support and the tireless work of LIU’s educators, students and community, we ended the lockout! The outpouring of support from around the country helped force the administration to end its cruel experiment and get back to the bargaining table.
Now, we need you to raise your voice again. Tomorrow, bargaining over the LIU faculty contract will resume. President Kimberly Cline and the university’s board of trustees have an important decision to make. Will they work with us in good faith to reach just terms on a long-overdue new contract? Or will they continue to stand in the way by denying faculty the agreement we need to help students realize their dreams?
Each day of the lockout, hundreds of allies rallied in front of the school gates to send a message that our futures could not be held to ransom by an administration hell-bent on cutting costs with no regard for education or LIU’s future. When thousands more joined us online, it helped make our collective voices too loud to ignore.
The LIU community cannot afford several more months of uncertainty. We can bring this thing home, and we hope you’ll stand with us again to win a fair contract.
Thank you for all that you do.
Professor of Social Work, LIU Faculty Federation president
E Drabinski writes at Long Island University Faculty Federation blog:
Dear LIUFF Colleagues,
We have won a victory. The administration will end their unprecedented lockout effective 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, September 14. We will be reunited with our students and can resume our professional lives. Our collective bargaining agreement is extended until May 31, 2017, and the administration agreed to our condition that we engage a professional mediator to facilitate a fair contract. This timeframe gives us the opportunity to negotiate in good faith while preserving LIU Brooklyn....
“The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association is extremely concerned over the unprecedented “lock-out” action taken against the faculty, including librarians, of LIU-Brooklyn by President Kimberly R. Cline and the LIU administration. This preemptive action was taken while negotiations were still ongoing and threatens the quality of education provided to LIU-Brooklyn students.
We urge the LIU-Brooklyn administration to reconsider this assault on both the union and on the open and collegial traditions of higher education. With student learning in mind, it is incumbent on both the administration and the union to pursue good-faith negotiations, without fear of reprisal.
The ALA-Allied Professional Association works within a policy framework that recognizes voluntary participation in collective bargaining; the intellectual contributions of faculty, including library faculty, to the teaching, research and service missions of their institutions; and, the value of employment security within the guidelines for acceptable performance, as well as salary administration which offers comparable rewards for positions having similar requirements. We will continue to monitor the situation at LIU-Brooklyn, and urge the immediate cessation of the lock-out so productive talks can resume and student learning can continue.”
Long Island University's Brooklyn campus, in contract fight with faculty union, tells 400 professors not to come to work and cuts them off from health insurance.
William A. Herbert, executive director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, said he could not think of an instance when a college or university had used a lockout against its faculty members....
A spokeswoman for LIU said the university was "eager" to have faculty members return to the classroom. But for now, she said, good replacements are going to teach. "In addition to a large group of administrators who currently teach, a qualified group of temporary faculty with advanced degrees and expertise have been hired to ensure a seamless start to the semester while negotiations continue in good faith," she said.
Guest blogger Deborah Mutnick is a long-time professor at Long Island University’s Brooklyn, NY campus.
As of 12:00 a.m., Saturday, September 3, my colleagues and I were locked out of our University in the midst of contract negotiations between our faculty union and management. The letter I got from the administration told me I have “to cease performing services for the University.” Sunday morning the first thing I did—and I suspect many of my colleagues did as well—was to try my LIU email account. Locked out. The union-busting tactics we all feared have now come to pass.
The idea that faculty and students are the heart and soul of a university is in jeopardy everywhere of late, it seems, in higher education. But for the past three years, Long Island University has strayed so far from this ideal that we barely have a seat at the table anymore. The faculty and few remaining longtime staff members, who once worked together collegially, if not always efficiently and effectively, are survivors of a destructive campaign waged against us since President Kimberly L. Cline’s appointment in September 2013.
In this era of corporate-driven, administratively bloated higher education, Cline made clear from day one of her administration that she believes in “disruption.” Her first year in office, she recklessly restructured the University and brutally fired dozens of low and middle level staff members. In addition to those she fired, many longtime employees left because they were no longer comfortable working at LIU, resulting in an appalling loss of institutional memory.
Locking us out is an aggressive, hostile move on the administration’s part that “may be unprecedented,” according to the American Federation of Teachers. Although management claims it is responding to the strike authorization vote taken last May by the union, they know it is a pro forma part of the process and many successful contract negotiations have not involved strikes. READ MORE.