NCC to weigh contract deal for adjuncts

Students walk through the campus of Nassau Community

Students walk through the campus of Nassau Community College in Garden City. (April 28, 2011) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau Community College trustees have called a special meeting Monday to consider a contract settlement with the union representing the college's adjunct faculty.

Charles Loiacono, president of the Adjunct Faculty Association, said Saturday that the union would strike if trustees do not vote in favor of an agreement.

The special meeting is scheduled for noon on the 11th floor of the administrative tower on the Garden City campus, according to the notice posted as required by guidelines of the state's open meetings law.


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Leaders of the union, representing about 3,000 nontenured, part-time teachers, are asking the college to agree to an eight-year contract that would increase their pay by more than 5 percent yearly, said Dr. Jorge L. Gardyn, vice chairman of the NCC board of trustees.

The financial impact on the college would include $14.5 million in new spending for pay raises, but the cumulative costs of the proposal could be four or five times higher, Gardyn said.

Gardyn said the board would consider the financial impact and "what is in the best interest of the 24,000 students at the school," the largest single-campus community college in the state university system.

"It [the contract agreement] is being evaluated by the financial people at the college," he said.

The union's Loiacono said in an email statement to Newsday that absent a "successor agreement to ratify after the meeting, the strike will commence."

A strike would be illegal under the state's Taylor Law, which prohibits job actions by public employees. The union has been negotiating a contract with the college since 2010. Loiacono said adjunct faculty teach 55 percent of course offerings at the college.

About one-third of the adjunct faculty union's bargaining unit are full-time professors who teach extra courses.

The college has contingency plans in the event of a strike by adjunct faculty members, Gardyn said.

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