Strike Over Pay Issues Began Monday

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The new school year has launched with a teachers’ strike at Nassau Community College on Long Island.

As WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported, some of the 3,000 adjunct part-time educators at the community college in Garden City have walked off the job, leaving the 24,000-member student population heading to class Tuesday not knowing if they have a teacher. The school is working to determine the total number of teachers taking part in the strike.

“We’re still paying to go to class and still paying to have teachers in our classrooms, so get this thing resolved. Get it resolved as soon as possible,” said freshman Kyle Kinsley.

Students seemed largely to be on the side of the striking educators, who have been working without a contract for the last three years, Xirinachs reported.

The strike began on Monday, after the board of trustees at the school voted down a proposed settlement for a contract, according to a Newsday report.

The dispute is over pay.

The administration said contract issues need to be resolved in negotiations, and not on the picket line.

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