Paychecks cut for Nassau Community College strike

Adjunct Faculty Association members, on strike, picket outside Adjunct Faculty Association members, on strike, picket outside the Administrative Building at Nassau Community College in Garden City on Sept. 12, 2013. Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

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Paychecks will be significantly reduced Tuesday for 207 Nassau Community College adjunct faculty members who school officials say participated in a September strike in violation of state law, according to Nassau Comptroller George Maragos.

Maragos said that at the request of college officials, he had deducted two days' pay for each of the four strike days, an average of $820 each. The eight-day pay cut will be split over two pay periods, starting Tuesday.

Maragos said: "The law is very clear that employees who receive the benefit of civil service protections have a responsibility to . . . resolve their issues through collective bargaining [only]."

Charles Loiacono, the president of the college's Adjunct Faculty Association, could not be reached for comment.

A spokesman for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano did not return calls seeking comment.

The strike was illegal under the state's Taylor Law, which calls for two days' pay penalty for each day out.

Contract negotiations between the college's administration and the Adjunct Faculty Association remain at an impasse over pay raises. The adjuncts have been working without a contract since 2010.

NCC acting President Kenneth Saunders said Monday: We were pleased that the vast majority of the adjunct faculty did not join the union leadership in this illegal strike, but the Taylor Law clearly requires that those who did be penalized for engaging in strike activities."

Each striking college employee received a letter from Saunders, advising that the employee had engaged in a strike and was absent from work without permission.

School officials said the number of adjuncts who were teaching during the fall semester was 1,254. They said the strike had led to the cancellation of about 10 percent of classes.

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