Press Release: LIU President Cline Locks Out LIU Brooklyn Faculty

Aug 31, 2016 by

Press Release: LIU President Cline Locks Out LIU Brooklyn Faculty

For immediate release. Contact Deborah Mutnick, 718-478-9429,; or Ralph Engelman, 718-757-9294,


—Brooklyn, NY, September 1, 2016.  Long Island University informed the LIU Faculty Federation (LIUFF) that it plans to lock out faculty at midnight on Friday, September 2, on the eve of a no confidence vote in President Kimberly L Cline. The faculty contract expired on August 31. Picketing to protest the lockout and use of replacement workers will take place on Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 7, the first day of classes. The LIU Faculty Federation/NYSUT/AFT represents fulltime and adjunct faculty.

The lockout is the culmination of a series of actions taken by the administration over the summer that include advertising for replacement workers, unilaterally canceling classes, and uploading erroneous materials to course management websites. The Brooklyn Faculty Senate has submitted two official complaints to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education alleging non-compliance with accreditation standards regarding shared governance, integrity and academic practices.

The University seeks to eliminate a parity clause despite a long history of greater resources and compensation for suburban LIU Post; continues to offer Brooklyn a lower salary increase; seeks onerous changes such as post-tenure review; and aims to impose harsh new exploitative conditions on part-time adjunct faculty, including elimination of its benefit trust fund.

LIUFF President Dr. Jessica Rosenberg said, “We will not be intimidated by a lockout that is unprecedented in LIU history, and will continue to bargain in good faith.”

President Cline received a letter earlier in the month from NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and seven elected Brooklyn officials decrying labor relations at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. Five campus unions are currently without contracts. James warned that the use of replacement faculty “will only exacerbate your administration’s troubled relationship with labor in New York City.”

For more information, visit the LIUFF website at

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  1. George

    Call Paul Thompson at NY State Department of Education and tell them your concerned that non-qualified staff will be put in charge of courses which they are not qualified to teach and have no related PhDs

  2. Karyl Krug

    I don’t think the university has thought this through. I have a friend on the faculty whose young son is dangerously depressed. This thoughtless risk to hundreds of human beings who did not know their healthcare would be cancelled by a thoughtless, hateful, and pointless act, are at risk. Since this risk is foreseeable, any deaths that occur during this period might result in civil and criminal penalties, which will certainly detract from their precious bottom line. As of this moment, corporate entities are people, too. This needless act, in my opinion, borders on sociopathy, on top of making no sense. What about the students who could withdraw? People. Money. People. Money. Know the difference. Who wants to attend a school with reckless indifference to human lives?

  3. Joseph A. Yeskewicz

    Obviously, this incident is a power play between the LIU Brooklyn president (& administration) and the faculty federation. WHO is going to suffer the most from a lack of bargaining in good faith? The LIU Brooklyn STUDENTS, of course! If President Cline thinks she’s headed off a No Confidence vote, she’s likely going to get that in due time. Is there a board of trustees or overseers above the president? Where are they on this issue?

  4. Karyl Krug

    I should add that this is a lesson for students about the job security they can expect with one or more college degrees and years of service, when a ruthless employer is at the helm: zero.

  5. Kevin

    The problem in all of higher education is the lack of a mandatory retirement age. There are full professors, making close to $200,000 and they can stay there until you carry them out feet first.
    Now, most jobs take care of this by how difficult it is to continue in them as you age: The 80 year old store clerk for example (try to stand on your feet for 8 hr per day at that age). The 75 year old account, with or without coke bottle reading glasses, etc.
    However, 12-15 hours per week is not a difficult work schedule. Factor in that a tenured, full chair is no longer pressured by publish or perish.
    Beats talking to the mail man.

  6. Basquiat

    Karyl is absolutely correct. What a lesson to be learned! Wow. great post by the way.

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