Last month, NYU faculty took a historic vote of NO CONFIDENCE in NYU President John Sexton's leadership. Many of their issues are the same as ours: stagnant wages, rising health insurance costs, and the substantial resources directed toward the 2031 capital expansion plan at the expense of current operational needs. Now, Senator Charles Grassley (R - Iowa) has questioned NYU's tax-exempt status due to questionable loans and bonuses that came to light during the Senate confirmation hearings on the appointment of former NYU Executive VP Jack Lew to be Secretary of the Treasury. (You can read the full text of Senator Grassley's letter in a previous blog post.)
On March 12, 2013, your Executive Council made the unprecedented decision to join NYU faculty to give you the opportunity to vote NO CONFIDENCE in John Sexton's leadership. You have told us that you can't continue to do more and more with less and less; this is your opportunity to communicate that directly to NYU's decision makers.
Two weeks ago we sent you a ballot for your vote. The deadline for returning ballots was April 25, but the conversations your stewards have had in the workplace has indicated that many of you we're not aware this vote was in progress. In response, we are extending the deadline by one week, to May 2.
Please take a moment to complete your ballot and send it in. If you need another ballot, contact your area steward or call the union office at 646-602-1485.