Dozens of adjunct professors at Nassau Community College, in New York, have filed complaints with the state after receiving $1,000 fines for not participating in a union-sponsored strike last year, Newsday reports.
The Adjunct Faculty Association sent letters to hundreds of its members stating that they owed the union $200 for each day they did not participate in a weeklong strike that took place in September 2013. Adjuncts at the college, who have been working without a contract for five years, went on strike last year after the Board of Trustees did not approve a contract that included a pay raise.
The state’s Public Employment Relations Board is investigating 35 complaints against the union. “The adjuncts are really angered over this,” one member, Richard Erbin, told Newsday. “People are just furious.”
The Adjunct Faculty Association’s president, Charles Loiacono, said the fine appears in the union’s bylaws, but he added that there is no definition of what constitutes support for a strike.