Last September, students at LIU-Brooklyn found themselves without teachers for the first week of the new semester after administration locked them out. That could happen again on May 31, with the expiration of the temporary contract extension that was reached last year.
Teacher want a new contract in place by the May 11 commencement.
“Fourteen months of bargaining have gone basically nowhere,” said Jessica Rosenberg, president of the LIU Faculty Federation (LIUFF). “We stand united and we stand strong and we need a future.”
LIUFF member believe that since Kimberly Cline was named president of the university’s Brooklyn campus in 2013, she has focused more on her fiduciary responsibilities than education.
“I am happy to stand in the rain for as long as it takes for Kim Cline to understand that the students and workers at LIU-Brooklyn see what she is doing to this university,” said faculty member Emily Drabinski. “[She’s] undermining organized labor, targeting our essential part-time faculty, and attacking the liberal arts while trying to turn our campus into a cash machine.”
LIUFF has a powerful ally in the fight, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.
“We’re fighting for a fair contract so that these workers, these educators, can do what they want to do for kids,” she said.