More than 200 CUNY department chairs have signed a letter about the new Teaching Load Reduction Agreement addressed to Board of Trustees Chair William Thompson and Chancellor James Milliken. The letter is copied to University Provost and incoming Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz. The letter urges them to fund and implement the agreement so that its full benefit for the University will be achieved. It argues that “the potential of the agreement will not be fully realized if the University fails to allocate adequate funding and takes the position that current discretionary reassigned time allocated by the college presidents must be eliminated or sharply reduced.” Read more for the full letter and the signatories.
The Executive Council of the PSC has passed a resolution in support of the Fordham Faculty United contract campaign. Fordham Faculty United (affiliated with SEIU Local 200) represents approximately 800 non tenure track faculty who voted overwhelmingly to form a union in November 2017. The union is now bargaining for its first contract. The resolution resolves that the PSC declares its solidarity with the FFU’s effort to win a strong contract and encourages its members to support the FFU’s contract campaign. Read the full resolution.
The NY State Senate has passed Maintenance of Effort (MOE) legislation that would begin to reverse the State’s record of underfunding the CUNY senior colleges.The Assembly is still considering it. MOE bills have been passed both houses twice with overwhelming bi-partisan support, but were vetoed both times by the governor. But the political dynamics in New York are changing and there is a chance that the MOE bill could be passed again and signed into law.
Click here to send a letter to your representatives in Albany urging them to pass the MOE again. This version of the bill requires the State to fund CUNY’s inflationary operating costs, such as collective bargaining, energy and rent. It also provides reimbursement for a portion of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Credit, which currently leaves public colleges on the hook for financial aid that should come from the State.