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AAUP Leaders Voice Support for ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Movement

Both the American Association of University Professors’ national council and its collective-bargaining congress have declared that they “stand in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement,” according to a statement issued by the association. Along with voicing concern about a growing gap between the nation’s rich and poor, the statement says college students “are being forced to pay more for tuition and go deeper into debt because of cuts in state funding, only to find themselves unemployed when they graduate.” It says most faculty positions at colleges ”are now insecure, part-time jobs,” and ”attacks on collective bargaining have been rampant throughout the nation, as our job security, wages, health benefits, and pensions have been either reduced or slated for elimination.”

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