Union Says Agreement Ends Lockout at NYC University

What to Know

  • Long Island University locked professors out of its Brooklyn campus after contract negotiations with their faculty union turned sour
  • The university planned to bring in replacement professors from other campuses for the first day of the fall semester Wednesday
  • Professors, who say the school also stopped their email and health benefits, planned a rally Wednesday and a showdown looked imminent

A union says a 12-day lockout of hundreds of professors at a New York university has ended.

The Long Island University Faculty Federation, which represents the professors, said Wednesday it reached an agreement with the school that extends their contract to May 31, 2017 to allow more time to bargain.

About 400 members of the school's Brooklyn campus were locked out a few days before classes were scheduled to begin. The contract expired on Aug. 31.

The university had said the professors rejected a proposed contract that would cut salaries for new adjunct professors, while offering existing faculty average raises of about 13 percent over five years.

The union also says the school has accepted their proposal to engage a mediator.

Messages left with the university weren't immediately returned.

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