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Why declare impasse? Why now?
Barbara Bowen, January 29
Earlier this week, with no advance discussion with the PSC, CUNY management declared that contract negotiations are at an impasse. Their temerity is breathtaking.
This is the same CUNY management that refused for five years to make an economic offer to the union, and then proposed a salary cut when the offer finally came.
This is the same CUNY management that has made one and only one economic offer, refused to make an economic response to the PSC's 14% counterproposal, and then promptly declared impasse.
This is the same CUNY management that has failed spectacularly to win contract funding from New York State, and then refused the union's offer to make a joint public statement about the need for more support.
This is the same CUNY management that consistently rejected the union's requests for round-the-clock bargaining, and then complains about how many issues are unresolved.
I am tempted to say that CUNY management has redefined chutzpah.
If there is an impasse in contract negotiations, it has been created by management.
President Barbara Bowen's Statement on the State Budget Testimony of Mayor de Blasio and Comptroller Stringer
January 26, 2016
“The PSC is heartened by Mayor de Blasio’s call for a fair resolution of the PSC-CUNY contract today and by his reiteration that the NYC will pay its proportionate share of the cost of raises in a final labor agreement. And we are grateful for the aggressive defense of CUNY mounted by several members of the Legislature during today’s budget hearing.
“In his budget testimony today, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer offered further evidence of the state’s failure to invest adequately in quality education for CUNY’s students, who are predominately people of color. The comptroller’s analysis shows that investment in CUNY has lagged far behind growth of the overall state operating budget. CUNY, Comptroller Stringer said, would have $637 million more in state funding on hand today for senior and community colleges if the CUNY budget had grown at pace with the state budget over the past seven years.
“The City University of New York needs increased public investment, not cuts from the state, to ensure that CUNY’s half-million mostly low income students get a quality education and that CUNY’s faculty and staff—who have not had a raise in six years—are paid fairly for the important work they do. The Governor’s Executive Budget provides $240 million “to ensure fair and affordable agreements with CUNY labor unions.” It is critical that those funds be part of an overall increase in public investment in CUNY.
“In addition to collaborating to find efficiencies at CUNY, the governor and the mayor must ensure that CUNY is fully funded and end the pattern of public disinvestment that has left CUNY starved of resources and unable to compete for the faculty and staff that CUNY students deserve.”
February 18, 2016
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*This schedule does not apply to Kingsborough CC, LaGuardia CC and Guttman CC. These campuses are on a different academic calendar.
Higher Education Hearing on the Executive Budget (in Albany)
February 8, 2016 - 12:00pm
Legislation Committee Meeting
February 10, 2016 - 6:00pm
February 16, 2016 - 6:30pm
Labor Goes to the Movies Presents Timbuktu- Fri., Feb 19
February 19, 2016 - 6:00pm
NYSUT Higher Education Lobby Day
February 24, 2016 - 7:00pm