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Complacency Is Not an Option

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s idea of “systemness,” especially as she defined it in her 2012 State of the University address, sounds good in theory. “Systemness,” she said, “is the coordination of multiple components [within a system] that, when working together, create a network of activity that is more powerful than any action of individual parts […]

Defend Pensions: Oppose Tier 6.

Today the New York State AFL-CIO is launching a statewide radio ad campaign in opposition to the proposed Tier 6 pension changes. You can listen to the radio ad here. Tier 6 would severely undermine the retirement security of workers who dedicate their careers to serving the residents of New York. Mario Cilentro, President of […]

Let UFCW Local 1500 workers spend Christmas with their families

The NCCFT Executive Committee, in solidarity with the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1500 (Westbury), urges you to sign a petition calling on A&P to close its stores Christmas Day. As reported in Newsday (“Union: Close Supermarkets on Christmas,” Dec 13, 2011) workers with the UFCW Local 1500 have just concluded new contract negotiations. […]

The Ongoing Fight to Preserve the Quality of Education at NCC

As you know, the NCCFT Executive Committee began to reach out to the administration in early April, seeking to schedule a meeting to discuss ways that we might be able to help the college save money. Yesterday we had a chance to begin that conversation. The NCCFT Executive Committee met with President Astrab, Board Chair […]

Video: Faculty Speak Out Against Cuts That Hurt Our Community

Nassau Community College faculty present this video in protest of budget cuts that include reduction in full-time faculty lines. Nassau Community College has been called the “Gem of Nassau County” and is considered one of the best community colleges in the country. However, today faculty are concerned about budgetary cuts that compromise the quality of […]

Sign of the times?

Thirty years ago today, I was fired by President Reagan for striking with the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) after massive picketing to bring attention to the plight of beleaguered workers. Ironically, the FAA workers are back in the news today being used as political pawns. Anyhow, here I find myself picketing once again, […]

Rally On The Plaza – August 3, 2011

What: A Protest Rally When: Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 12 to 2 p.m. Rain or shine Where: In the plaza in front of the Tower Bring your friends. We have a dozen signs for our use. If you feel inspired, make a sign or poster of your own. Remember we’re protesting the lay-offs, the lack […]

First they came for the temps…

Pastor Martin Niemoller’s poem should serve as a summer reflection for all of us. We assure you that the NCCFT has not been silent regarding the elimination of the jobs of 66 full time faculty members on temporary appointments. Nor will we be silent over the summer. And we will need you to add your […]

Educate Realtors: Tax Caps Hurt Schools

We recently hosted a workshop on taking back the narrative. Claudia Schacter-DeChabert, our NYSUT Labor Relations Specialist led the training. Here’s an opportunity to put some of those skills to work. In response to a new advertising campaign launched by the New York State Association of Realtors to build support for a property tax cap, […]

A Call To The Community: Support NCC and Oppose Cuts to Community Colleges

Nassau Community College is an active participant on the SUNY Faculty Council of Community Colleges. The Nassau Community College Federation of Teachers supports the Faculty Council in urging all members of its faculty, the faculty of the 30 SUNY community colleges, and the members of the communities we serve, to write to their local legislators […]