Yesterday, UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy issued a public message in response to our calls to #SaveTheLaborCenter. In it, he accuses us of making “false claims” and refers to alleged “personal attacks” and “damage to the reputation of the university.”
As alumni of the UMass Labor Center, we challenge the administration to find anything false in our website, petition, or other communications. Is it false that student funding has been eliminated? Is it false that funding for part-time instructors who teach core courses has been eliminated? Is it false that the Center no longer has a full-time staff person? Is it false that the administration is forcing the Labor Center to either become a “revenue-generator” or eventually cease to exist?
As far as “personal attacks” go, the administration must recognize that by undermining a program that we, UMass alumni, care so much about—and then publicly dismissing us as liars when we raise concerns—is indeed a personal attack on so many of us. And we agree fully that the administration’s own decisions are unfortunately damaging the university’s reputation.
Please go to www.savethelaborcenter.com for the facts. And please sign and share our petition: http://bit.ly/SaveLaborCenter
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