Tuesday, November 22, 2005

AAUP Condemns NYU: Labor Decisions "Deplorable"

Jane Buck (see photo to right), president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), has some very choice words for President Sexton and his administration in this week's Washington Square News. In addition to calling the university's decision to sever its relations with GSOC "deplorable" and "ethically questionable," she argues that NYU has exacerbated the labor dispute using antagonistic and purposely misleading rhetoric to discredit graduate employees' legitimate labor concerns. Buck states unequivocally, "We [AAUP] condemn such inflammatory tactics." She makes the case for graduate assistant unions on the grounds that grad students are among the most "vulnerable," "powerless," and "exploited" workers within the academy. Moreover, graduate students have the right to unionize--the same right as all other university employees. NYU's failure to acknowledge this right is both immoral and undemocratic. Buck, on behalf of the AAUP, thus pledges continued support for striking NYU GAs in our rightful quest to win a fair second contract.

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