Faculty Union Declares Victory as Lockout at Long Island U. Ends

The lockout that barred faculty members from Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus for nearly two weeks is over, the faculty union announced on Wednesday night.

“We have won a victory,” officials of the Long Island University Faculty Federation, which represents 236 full-time professors and 450 adjuncts on the Brooklyn campus, said in a letter to union members. The letter said that administrators had agreed to end “their unprecedented lockout” just before midnight on Wednesday, and that faculty members could resume teaching on Thursday.

“You should plan to meet with your classes starting tomorrow,” it said.

The university confirmed in a statement emailed to The Chronicle that it was ending the lockout that it had imposed on September 3, and that administrators had agreed to bring in a mediator to facilitate negotiations with the faculty union over a new contract to replace the one that expired last month.

In the statement, Gale Haynes, the university’s counsel, said, “The union’s commitment not to strike during this academic year provides us enough runway to reach a reasonable and fair agreement, while providing our students the ability to continue their studies uninterrupted. That has always been our intention. Mediation is a positive step to that end.”

The union, which is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, plans to hold a general membership meeting at noon on Thursday. Wednesday night’s letter urged members to attend, saying officials with the local and national organizations would be on hand to answer questions about the implications of the lockout and the union’s next steps.

Emily Drabinski, a library-instruction coordinator who served as a chief organizer for faculty members during the lockout, said in an email Wednesday night that the end of the lockout would bring a welcome end to 12 days of uncertainty and misgivings following the university’s use of what one faculty member called “the nuclear option.”

“I both knew this moment would come and didn’t see how it possibly ever could,” Ms. Drabinski said. “The end of the lockout proves to me what I didn’t think anyone could ever question: that you can’t have a university without faculty and students. I’m still dumbfounded that we had to fight for that.”

Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz contributed to this report.

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