FORIMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: ChrisMachanoff , Faculty Forward / SEIU 200United / 585.880.3345,cmachan...@local200united.org Pete Meyers, Tompkins CountyWorkers' Center 607.339.1680/ p...@tcworkerscenter.org IthacaStudents and Faculty to Confront Board of Trustees Cocktail Hour with Rally After12 Months of Bargaining, College Continues to Stiff Faculty Demands for LivingWage and Basic Security While Drinking Champagne (Ithaca) After walking out fromnegotiations with their administration on September 23, students, the IthacaCollege Contingent Faculty Bargaining Committee and members of the IthacaCollege Contingent Faculty Union/Service Employees International Union (SEIU),Local 200United will rally outside a cocktail hour where the Ithaca CollegeBoard of Trustees will be present on October 19 at 6pm. The committeepreviously rejected the administration’s request for federal mediation, arguingthat the administration needs to develop serious economic proposals to addresshelping contingent faculty get out of poverty and attain more securelivelihoods rather than hiding behind a mediator. Furthermore, the lavishcatering budget for the Board of Trustees and top administrators exemplifiesIthaca College’s wrongly prioritized spending. While contingent faculty pay haslargely been stagnant, student tuition has more than doubled since 1999 withoutgiving students or faculty input into how tuition dollars are allocated. Nationwide and across Upstate New York,contingent faculty have been taking action to win fair wages and more securityin the university system including places like Tufts University, NortheasternUniversity, Fordham University, The College of St. Rose and the CaliforniaState University System. WHO: Members of the Ithaca CollegeContingent Faculty Union/SEIU Local 200United; Ithaca College students andfaculty; Members of numerous unions throughout Tompkins County; the Tompkins County Workers Center; Elected Officials and community alliesWHAT: Rally for Contingent Faculty FairPay and SecurityWHEN:Wednesday, September 19 at 6:00PMWHERE: FreeSpeech Rock on the IC Quad/Campus Center, Ithaca College, 953 Danby Rd, Ithaca,NY 14850 ###
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