Sep 14, 2016 by


Dear LIUFF Colleagues,

We have won a victory. The administration will end their unprecedented lockout effective 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, September 14. We will be reunited with our students and can resume our professional lives. Our collective bargaining agreement is extended until May 31, 2017, and the administration agreed to our condition that we engage a professional mediator to facilitate a fair contract. This timeframe gives us the opportunity to negotiate in good faith while preserving LIU Brooklyn.

The LIU administration will make the faculty whole for health care costs incurred during the lockout period. The union’s unfair labor practice complaints relating to the lockout and our arbitration on pay parity remain active and will be vigorously pursued.

You should plan to meet with your classes starting tomorrow. There may be some remaining issues relating to classes that were cancelled or combined during the lockout; we expect them to be resolved by department chairs and deans and in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement. It is important that you alert your chair and the LIUFF to any such issues so that they can be resolved right away.

We are holding a general membership meeting tomorrow at noon; room is to be announced. The negotiating team will be joined by our counsel, Louie Nikolaidis, AFT counsel, Mark Richard, and our NYSUT representative, Kevin Pollitt to answer questions about implications of the lockout and next steps to continue our struggle. Please make every effort to attend.

In Solidarity,

Jessica Rosenberg, President
Mohammed Ghriga, Treasurer
Ed Keane, Executive Committee Member
Michael Pelias, Executive Committee Member
Melissa Antinori, Grievance Chair



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  1. Matt


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    Can you post the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (in pdf format please)? Thanks!

  3. Jose Tello

    Could you please change the meeting time for 11 am? TH 11-12 is always available for faculty meetings in the science divisions. Many of us have classes (labs) are 12. Thanks

  4. Linda Mazewski

    HALLELUJAH! This is a victory for both faculty and students, who were the innocents caught in the middle.

  5. keith brooks

    congrats on an important victory against union-busting. i’m a 1968 alum,attended rallies the last 3 days including Wednesday, what a pleasant surprise to see this. also congrats to the students who walked out in support as well as in protest against their education being shortchanged by LIU hiring scabs.
    i remember well LIU as a hotbed of student activism when we shut down the school 3of the 4 years i was a student there.

  6. Constance Halporn


    I am so proud of our Faculty and our students who stood in solidarity.
    This is a good first start to resolving..but the battle is not over.

    Solidarity forever–the Union makes us strong

  7. anon

    Thank you LIUFF and faculty for all that you have done. May we please have the location for the union meeting

  8. Andreas Zavitsas

    Is there written agreement that the annual salary will have been paid by May 31st, 2017? If no such binding agreement exists, then we cannot be sure that we will receive monthly payments for June, July and August 2017 even though we will have completed our annual teaching obligations.
    I would not depend on good will and fairness on the part of our president for receiving such payments for work already done. Please nail this down in writing.

  9. Andreas Zavitsas

    Is there a written agreement that we will receive our total annual salary by May 31st, 2017, for the academic year 2016-2017? If not, I do not trust our president to act in good faith and provide the usual monthly payments for June, July and August 2017 for work already done by May 31st. Please nail this down.

  10. Stan S.

    As a student, I’d like to celebrate by giving you the highlights of my career there:

    -The time during a presentation, a lady took her shoes off, walked past the presentation to “charge up on her phone”

    -The time a batshit insane woman came up to me after class and said “were you laughing at me? You were laughing while I was talking” to which I replied “no, I wasn’t laughing, I don’t listen to you talk.”

    -The time I went to Enrollment Services and they went above and beyond to tell me there was nothing they could do to help me.

    -The time a fellow classmate said “I don’t like talking in front of people”.

    -The time a professor said “I’m not answering any more of your questions. I’m just giving you assignments.”

    -The time a security guard almost wouldn’t let me go to the class I paid for because the school didn’t give me my ID yet.(I showed them my ID and a syllabus).

    -Finally, the time I sat next to someone in class who smelled so bad, I almost stabbed him with a Glade Plug-In


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