The American Association of University Professors (AUPP) has warmly endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement.
“The gap between the rich and the poor is greater than ever before in our lifetime,” said the AAUP, “and we need to stand up for those who are trying to improve their circumstances and provide for their families.”
The AAUP also expressed solidarity with students, who are being “forced to pay more for tuition and go deeper into debt because of cuts in state funding, only to find themselves unemployed when they graduate.”
The AAUP also pointed to the plight of many faculty. “The majority of college and university faculty positions are now insecure, part-time jobs. In addition attacks on collective bargaining have been rampant throughout the nation, as our job security, wages, health benefits, and pension have been either reduced or slated for elimination.”
“It is time to stand up for what is right. We applaud the action the Occupy Wall Street movement has taken to highlight the inequity and unfairness of the society in which we live,“ the AAUP statement read.
“We strongly support the movement and wish it every success. We are in this together.”
The statement was passed by the AAUP’s National Council and its Collective Bargaining Congress.