The University of Long Island administration and the union, which represents about 400 faculties on its Brooklyn campus, have a new employment contract, officials announced Thursday, ending months of controversial negotiations involving a historic 12-day faculty lockout in September. The employment contract provides for a 1.75 percent increase in the first three years and a 2.25 percent increase for the past two years for Brooklyn faculty members who end up on the Liu Post campus or above the faculty`s salary level. Gale Haynes, the university councillor, said in a statement: “The union`s commitment not to strike this academic year gives us enough track to reach a reasonable and fair agreement, while providing our students with the opportunity to continue their studies without interruption.” The faculties of the Brooklyn and Brookville campuses are represented by different rate units and are not in the same bargaining plan. The faculty of the LIU Post is awarded a five-year contract that will end in 2020. LIU President Kimberly R. Cline said in a statement: “This long-term agreement accelerates our momentum at LIU Brooklyn. We work with the faculty to follow innovation and deliver academic excellence. We appreciate our ability, which is essential to maintain our upward trend. On Monday, the university issued a statement saying it was trying to protect students. “Lius` first priority is our students,” he said in the statement. “We remain an unwavering commitment that students continue their studies without interruption and that education remains affordable. This was shown by the university, which capped annual tuition fees from 2014 to 2020 by an unprecedented 2 per cent or less. LIU is proud of its long history of successful negotiations for both sides.
The university expects it to maintain this tradition while negotiating in good faith a fair and fiscally responsible situation for both parties. Negotiations are ongoing today. LIU Post administrators and teachers joined us to cover the courses during the 12 days when the Brooklyn faculty was unable to organize classes. The stage also angered students who said that substitutes were not qualified to teach certain subjects. University of Long Island and university principals are dismayed by the tactic of locking up faculty members. They say they have real doubts about the ability of faculty members who were hired quickly to simply take classes. And they say it`s a tactic that can hardly build trust between professors and administrators. For professors on the campus of Long Island University in Brooklyn, the Labor Day weekend was far from a party. On Saturday, the faculty`s 400 union members were informed that their benefits are no longer needed and that their positions, health insurance and campus email accounts are being cut. Classes begin on Wednesday.
Emily Drabinski, treasurer of the faculty union and librarian at L.I.U.-Brooklyn, said, “We have made it very clear that you cannot run a university without faculty and without students.” Currently, there are about 8,000 students at LIU Brooklyn and nearly 9,300 at LIU Post, a university spokesman said Thursday. Union officials responded that much more disruption probably with quickly hired trainers who do not know the history of the different classes and their learning goals. Some faculty members go on social media to talk about what it`s like to lose a bourgeois salary and health insurance overnight. “If the university wanted to keep a viable semester for students, they had to end the lockout because the students would stand up and say, “This is a betrayal,”” American Teachers Federation President Randi Weingarten said Wednesday night.