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Nassau Community College Adjunct Professors Suspend Strike

Educators, Administration To Meet With Mediator On Wednesday
Nassau Community College in Garden City (file / credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Nassau Community College in Garden City (file / credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Adjunct professors at Nassau Community College returned to their classrooms Monday, but it’s not clear if they’ll stay on the job through the week.

The part-time instructors suspended their strike until at least Wednesday, when union and college officials meet with a mediator to discuss the educators’ demand for higher pay, WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported. Some of the school’s 3,000 adjunct professors walked off the job last Monday.

“We’re pleased that they suspended the strike, and we’re hopeful that the meeting on Wednesday will set the stage for arriving at a mutually amicable agreement,” said Chuck Cutolo, a spokesman for Nassau Community College, which has an enrollment of about 24,000 students.

The school’s acting president, Kenneth Saunders, issued a back-to-work order Thursday, telling striking professors that they risked being replaced. Saunders cited the state’s labor law prohibiting work stoppages by public employees. The school had already begun advertising for substitute instructors.

Also, on Wednesday, a judge ordered the instructors back to work

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