Bargaining Update #4
The new issue of Clarion, which will be in campus mailboxes this week, includes a report on contract negotiations, and we invite members to read the Clarion article as well as this update.
Here is where negotiations stand:
• Labor and management representatives have held nine formal bargaining sessions and many other informal discussions since negotiations began. The next formal session is scheduled for October 4. Click here if you would like to attend this session or future sessions as an observer.
• Bargaining sessions have been productive, but CUNY management has not yet made an economic offer. The major issues in this contract are likely to be economic; therefore much of the discussion about demands remains preliminary. The union has pressed for more frequent sessions and for an economic offer. Meanwhile, other NY public-sector contracts have been ratified with annual increases in the 2-percent range.
• We have also made it clear that Albany’s practice of not funding new contracts and leaving agencies to fund the raises out of existing budgets is unacceptable. CUNY must not be forced to cannibalize academic programs to fund a contract; and existing agreements, such as the teaching load reduction, must be funded.
It's time to elect lawmakers who will increase investment in CUNY and representatives in Washington who will oppose the hateful rhetoric and harmful policies of the Trump Administration.
The PSC's statewide affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), has released its list of endorsed candidates for General election. The NYSUT endorsements come out of a process that involves the PSC and many other unions. PSC representatives advocated strongly for our choices and in many cases those candidates were endorsed by NYSUT. The PSC is also affiliated with the New York State AFL-CIO and the Working Families Party and participates in their endorsement processes.
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NEW HIRES HAVE THIRTY DAYS FROM THE DATE OF APPOINTMENT TO CHOOSE A RETIREMENT PROGRAM..
A pension may be the last thing on your mind when you’re starting your job at CUNY, but it is one of the first things you’re asked to think about. Retirement income is as much a part of your compensation from CUNY as your salary or benefits--and like the other aspects of your compensation, it is fought for and protected by the union.
New York State law mandates participation in a retirement system for full-time members of the instructional staff (HEOs, CLTs, and faculty). You have 30 days from the date of appointment to choose a retirement program, and the choice is irrevocable. (Learn more about making your permanent pension choice.) Full-time faculty and staff can choose between the New York City Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP). If a choice isn’t made within 30 days, the law mandates that you be assigned to TRS. The choice between TRS and ORP is about choosing a defined benefit plan or a defined contribution plan.