CHICAGO- American Library Association-Allied Professional Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement regarding the lock-out of Long Island University (LIU), Brooklyn faculty, which includes university librarians.
"The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association is extremely concerned over the unprecedented 'lock-out' action taken against the faculty, including librarians, of LIU-Brooklyn by President Kimberly R. Cline and the LIU administration," said Todaro. "This preemptive action was taken while negotiations were still ongoing and threatens the quality of education provided to LIU-Brooklyn students.
"We urge the LIU-Brooklyn administration to reconsider this assault on both the union and on the open and collegial traditions of higher education. With student learning in mind, it is incumbent on both the administration and the union to pursue good-faith negotiations, without fear of reprisal.
"The ALA-Allied Professional Association works within a policy framework that recognizes voluntary participation in collective bargaining; the intellectual contributions of faculty, including library faculty, to the teaching, research and service missions of their institutions; and, the value of employment security within the guidelines for acceptable performance, as well as salary administration which offers comparable rewards for positions having similar requirements. We will continue to monitor the situation at LIU-Brooklyn, and urge the immediate cessation of the lock out."
The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is a nonprofit professional organization established “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.” One of its major areas of focus is direct support of comparable worth and pay equity initiatives and activities designed to improve the salaries and status of librarians and other library workers.