A Reasonable Request to NYU and the Adjunct Professors' Union
By the Students of New York University
The adjunct faculty of New York University voted recently to authorize a strike if the University does not agree to their contract renewal demands by November 30, 2010.
While this is not an order directing an immediate faculty work stoppage, it is a threat that is now affecting the focus and peace of mind of NYU students at a time when they need to concentrate on their studies.
As students, we respect and appreciate the work of our faculty and we sincerely hope that the current negotiations can come to a satisfactory settlement that will be fair and equitable to both sides. We are particularly concerned that December 1st, when the current adjunct faculty contract expires, is about two weeks before final exams and the end of the fall semester.
Any strike or threat of a work stoppage at this critical time in our studies would be extremely prejudicial to our educational goals and would jeopardize the time, effort, resources and money we have committed to our education.
We, the undersigned, request that both the Adjunct Professors' Union and the Administrators of New York University agree to extend the current faculty contract and that it remain in full force and effect until the day after the end of the Fall 2010 semester.
We believe that this is a reasonable request that does not in any way diminish the rights of either party in reaching a settlement. We do not take a position on the contract issues but we demand that the interest of the students be taken into account. The students must not be thrown overboard or used as pawns by either side - we have too much at stake. We further believe that any actions that negatively affect the students will reflect poorly on both the faculty and the university administrators. This would not go unnoticed by current or future students, or alumni.