Thursday, February 16, 2006

A Holy Intercession

AN OPEN LETTER FROM MORE THAN 100 RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO DR. JOHN SEXTON, PRESIDENT OF NYU, AND THE NYU BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY GRADUATE EMPLOYEES HAVE A MORAL RIGHT TO UNION REPRESENTATION


A multidenominational delegation of religious leaders (including Rev. Mark Hallinan, Society of Jesus; Imam Samer Alraey; Rev. David Dyson; Rabbi Michael Feinberg; Rev. Earl Kooperkamp; Avram Lyon, Jewish Labor Committee; and Rev. Donna Schaper, Judson Memorial Church) met with John Sexton recently, urging him to negotiate with GSOC.

Following the meeting, Rev. Hallinan sent President Sexton a letter on behalf of the delegates, in which he wrote:
The plight of graduate employees at NYU is not going to just go away. Whether it is a new upsurge of activism or a new Labor Board down the road, the matter must be resolved in some equitable manner. It is here that we are offering our modest offices to facilitate a re-opening of dialogue. We propose that you and the University leadership meet with those leaders of the labor movement whom you indicated to us that you trust, namely John Sweeney [president, national AFL-CIO], Brian McLaughlin [president, the NYC Central Labor Council] and Denis Hughes [president, New York State AFL-CIO]. We would be willing to be present at such a meeting.
President Sexton not only holds a J.D., but an M.A. in Comparative Religion and a Ph.D. in History of American Religion. Thus, he is well versed in the difference(s) between legality and morality. On which will he side in this labor dispute?

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't help but notice that at the same time that the Society of Jesus, New York Province, is working on the side of GSOC, their brothers at the Jesuit university Georgetown are refusing to recognize a card-count.

2/17/2006 12:36 PM  

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