The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 13th, 2013
Dozens of adjunct professors at Nassau Community College, in New
York, have filed complaints with the state after receiving $1,000 fines
for not participating in a union-sponsored strike last year, Newsday reports.
The Adjunct Faculty Association sent letters to hundreds of its
members stating that they owed the union $200 for each day they did not
participate in a weeklong strike that took place in September 2013.
Adjuncts at the college, who have been working without a contract for
five years, went on strike last year after the Board of Trustees did not
approve a contract that included a pay raise.
The state’s Public Employment Relations Board is investigating 35
complaints against the union. “The adjuncts are really angered over
this,” one member, Richard Erbin, told Newsday. “People are just furious.”
The Adjunct Faculty Association’s president, Charles Loiacono, said
the fine appears in the union’s bylaws, but he added that there is no
definition of what constitutes support for a strike.