Long Island University Lockout Ended
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 LIU administration will make the faculty whole for health care costs incurred during the lockout period. The union’s unfair labor practice complaints relating to the lockout and our arbitration on pay parity remain active and will be vigorously pursued.
You should plan to meet with your classes starting tomorrow. There may be some remaining issues relating to classes that were cancelled or combined during the lockout; we expect them to be resolved by department chairs and deans and in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement. It is important that you alert your chair and the LIUFF to any such issues so that they can be resolved right away.
We are holding a general membership meeting tomorrow at noon; room is to be announced. The negotiating team will be joined by our counsel, Louie Nikolaidis, AFT counsel, Mark Richard, and our NYSUT representative, Kevin Pollitt to answer questions about implications of the lockout and next steps to continue our struggle. Please make every effort to attend.
Jessica Rosenberg, President
Mohammed Ghriga, Treasurer
Ed Keane, Executive Committee Member
Michael Pelias, Executive Committee MemberMelissa Antinori, Grievance Chair
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 12:01am this morning. Their pay is being stopped. And yesterday afternoon, they received notice that their health insurance will also be cut off this mo—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.