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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2016

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on end of LIU-Brooklyn faculty lockout



“United University Professions is pleased that the unprecedented 12-day faculty lockout at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus is over and that students and faculty are back in their classrooms—thanks in large part to the efforts of the American Federation of Teachers and New York State United Teachers, the national and state affiliates, respectively, of the 400-plus-member Long Island University Faculty Federation.

The LIU administration had little choice but to heed the call of students, faculty, organized labor, elected officials and the academic community around the country, who mobilized in the hundreds each day to defend the right of students to receive a high-quality education. Extending the contract until May 31, 2017 while the two sides continue to bargain, and agreeing to mediation are steps in the right direction. But UUP and the larger labor movement will be watching the situation closely, and we stand ready to again throw our collective might behind the LIC Faculty Federation in its fight for a fair contract and dignity in the workplace.

Let it be known that UUP will never stand idly by while this type of blatant attack is perpetrated on our union sisters and brothers—anytime or anywhere.”

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 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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