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September 5, 2016

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on Long Island University faculty lockout

“UUP stands shoulder to shoulder with our sisters and brothers at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, who were locked out by administration Sept. 2 in a blatant attempt to break the union there.

“This is an unprecedented, outrageous and despicable ploy by administration, an action purposely set in motion over the Labor Day weekend—a time meant to honor workers and organized labor.

"Instead, more than 8,000 LIU Brooklyn students will be taught by scab labor when classes start Sept. 7. This is an insult and an injustice to students, who expect and deserve a quality education delivered by LIU Brooklyn’s highly qualified faculty—not by so-called “strike-breakers.”

"This is not a strike. These dedicated workers have been locked out of their workplace by an exploitative employer that has cut salaries and health care coverage during the dispute, and is seeking to destroy their union.

"These unionists are fighting for fair wages and working conditions, and they are willing to bargain in good faith. We stand in solidarity with the Long Island University Faculty Federation."

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 37,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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