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Letter: Nassau Community teachers' contracts

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. (Sept. 12, 2013) Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Nassau Community College provides unparalleled opportunity and value for students of all backgrounds and incomes ["NCC adjuncts suspend strike," News, Sept. 14].

The linchpin of this dynamic institution is the college's highly regarded and well qualified workforce.

Currently, the adjunct faculty has been without a contract for more than three years. The full-time faculty contract has just expired.

The last time there was a strike at the college was 1982. I was a full-time student in the business program and remember it well. As a college trustee, I seek to make sure that one thing happens above all else -- that students are taught by our fine teachers.

Thankfully, that is the case right now. The way to make sure it stays that way is to treat students, taxpayers and our esteemed college workforce with the utmost of respect.

Edward W. Powers, New Hyde Park

Editor's note: The writer serves on the college's governing board.

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