Student activists, union organizers, confront SUNY chancellor in New Paltz
NEW PALTZ – SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher was confronted with tough questions about faculty wages and racial relations, during a visit Thursday afternoon to the campus of New Paltz College.
Organizers from United University Professions – joined by student activists – politely crashed the faculty meeting where Zimpher was speaking, demanding justice with ongoing contract negotiations.
Dozens of protesters holding placards in back demanded a raise in adjunct salaries from an average $3,000 to $5,000 per class taught. There is no minimum per class compensation for adjuncts in New York.
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Faculty pay puts SUNY leader on the spot
By Jeremiah Horrigan
NEW PALTZ — As college protests go, this one was pretty polite — by design.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher was scheduled to address the faculty Thursday morning, and some of the faculty were intent on addressing her with questions about pay levels for adjuncts and contingent teachers.
When it was all over, protest organizer and union chapter President Peter Brown declared the protest a success on one hand and a surprise on the other.
“We got the message across that adjuncts and contingent faculty are the lowest-paid people on campus, despite their keeping the educational enterprise going.”
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