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Longy faculty union files complaint

Posted by Geoff Edgers  August 12, 2010 06:34 AM

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The Longy School of Music Faculty Union has filed charges with the National Labor Board over what it says is the school’s unwillingness to restore staffers who were cut as part of a reorganization earlier this year.

The cuts, which involved shedding more than 20 percent of the school’s teachers, were announced in April as part of a series of changes meant to position Longy to potentially become a satellite of Bard College of New York.

“We have repeatedly asked them verbally and in writing to rescind those changes,” said Clayton Hoener, president of the Longy Faculty Union, which was formed several months before the spring cutbacks. “They have steadfastly refused to negotiate.”

Longy president Karen Zorn said she wasn’t concerned about the filing.

“We acted in good faith,” she said. “And we have very well documented that this was part of a strategic plan that the board approved long before we had any rumblings of a union.”

If an agreement with Bard is reached, Longy would develop a master of arts in teaching program with the larger institution, a liberal arts college that also oversees two New York City high schools and has campuses in Russia and Jerusalem.

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