Dear UC Faculty,
The letter we’ve posted below shows our opposition to the actions of the administration of Long Island University which locked out faculty, arbitrarily cutting their pay and benefits and cutting off access to their email, certainly the life blood of communication among people in academic disciplines and between faculty and their students. As the letter states, this is a dangerous precedent. While none of us wants to believe this could happen in the UC system, it is important to remember that increasing fractions of the faculty at the UCs are not protected by tenure or even ladder rank status.
The Board of the Faculty Association
September 7, 2016
Dear Dr. Cline:
The Council of University of California Faculty Associations is extremely alarmed by the “lock out” action taken by your administration against the faculty of LIU-Brooklyn.
The action has no precedent in higher education in this country and constitutes a grave assault on unions, labor negotiations, and faculty themselves.
We urge you to reconsider this tactic and return to the negotiating table to bargain in good faith.
To do otherwise is to antagonize hardworking and dedicated faculty for years to come, devastate the educational aspirations and expectations of your students, many of whom have overcome tremendous obstacles to arrive at your college gates, and produce pariah status for LIU-Brooklyn in American higher education.
This path has no future for your institution and we urge you to reconsider.
The Board of the Council of UC Faculty Associations