Feminists in Solidarity
I'm positively giddy! Both Zach and NYU Inc. are reporting that Judith Butler, Joan Scott, and Donna Haraway are among the preeminent list of scholars who've signed their names to following letter:
December 2, 2005Welp, that pretty much seals it -- I'm staying out! Not like I was ever really in doubt. But come on -- Butler, Scott, and Haraway? The nerds are pissed, and so are the feminists.
President, New York University
We, the undersigned faculty from several universities in the United States and abroad, write to express our objections to the New York University administration's efforts to defeat the graduate student union and retaliate against those who have initiated and sustained the current strike. The union in question was clearly instated on the basis of a fair election which then obligated New York University to negotiate with the appointed representatives in a fair and open manner. Although the NLRB in 2005 released the university from its obligations to recognize the union, it did not authorize retaliatory action on the part of the university. The recent actions of your office, now widely publicized, defy all protocols of civility and fairness and herald a bellicose approach to the union and its demands for fair wages, decent health care, and provisional job security.
As we all know, there may be differences of opinion on how best to formulate policies that would address these various issues, but undermining the union itself is nothing more than Reagan-esque union-busting and so conveys and enacts hostility to student labor that can only heighten conflict and circulate a ruinous image for New York University as an unfair and indecent place of employment. The infiltration of student and faculty email constitutes an unauthorized invasion of privacy. And the most recent threat to rescind funding for students engaged in the strike constitutes an abhorrent form of coercion.
We urge you to enter into negotiations with the union and to find civil, legal, and productive ways of resolving whatever issues of employment exist between these two parties.