August 11 letter from city and state officials

Sep 1, 2016 by

August 11, 2016

Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, President
Long Island University
LIU University Center
700 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548

Dear President Cline:

As, the undersigned, we are writing to express our interest in facilitating long term stability for
employees and their students on both campuses of Long Island University. It has been brought to our
attention that four campus unions have been working without contracts, dating as far back as 2012.
Fair contracts are an important engine for the progress and empowerment of these workers and all
efforts must be made to invest in their ability to perform at a high standard. We are also troubled by an
apparent advertisement to hire strikebreakers in the case of a strike by LIU’s faculty union, whose
contract is set to expire on August 31, 2016.We call on you to ensure that all employees- faculty and
laborers alike- receive the contracts they deserve to avoid future disputes.

We urge you to take expedited steps to reach collective bargaining agreements with the
following campus unions: secretaries and staff represented by Local 153/OPEIU; carpenters
represented by Local 926/United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners; engineers and building
maintenance workers represented by Local 30/International Union of Operating Engineers; and
janitorial staff represented by 32BJ/SEIU. Providing a fair and timely contract to these workers is not
only critical for the development and functioning of the university, but also embodies the principles of
empowerment this institution seeks to uphold.

In addition, we urge you to reconsider the advertisement for faculty strikebreakers posted July
6, 2016, on Monster.com. The use of replacement workers in the event of a faculty strike will only
exacerbate your administration’s troubled relationship with labor in New York City.
Further, in negotiations with the faculty, represented by Local 3998/NYSUT/AFT, we call on
you to end the marked disparity in salary minima for full-time faculty that is higher at suburban LIU
Post and lower at urban LIU Brooklyn. Equity for all workers who service the LIU community, no
matter on which campus, is essential to the development of the university and sets the highest example
of salary parity for our students.

LIU Brooklyn has a glorious history of welcoming working people as students and employees.
Many students have been the first in their families to attend college because of LIU. And, many
unionized employees and their family members have earned LIU degrees in pursuit of the American
Dream. We call on you to rededicate your administration to that tradition by signing overdue contracts
with the four unions listed above and negotiating a fair contract with faculty prior to August 31, 2016.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York

Joseph R. Lentol, Member of Assembly

Joanne Simon, Member of Assembly

Stephen T. Levin, Councilmember

Velmanette Montgomery, State Senator

Walter T. Mosley, Member of Assembly

Laurie A. Cumbo, Councilmember

Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

 

Download a scanned copy of the letter from Letitia James et al here: PA Letter 8-11-2016

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