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The contracts for all of New York City’s municipal unions have expired for the first time since the fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s. On Wednesday, June 12, PSC members joined thousands of city workers in rallying outside City Hall to demand that the next mayor negotiate fair contracts with them. See a slide show of photos from the rally.
A Message from President Bowen
To PSC Members:
The City of New York, which administers the health insurance program that covers CUNY faculty, staff and retirees, has begun an “audit” of dependents on City health insurance. The announced purpose of the audit is to determine whether dependents covered under the City health insurance plan are in fact eligible for coverage. If you have a spouse, child or other dependent covered under the City health plan, you should expect to receive correspondence from the City about the audit. The union wants to help you to be prepared.
The audit is not on behalf of or approved by PSC or any other municipal union; it is a City initiative. The City has asserted that it has the legal right to determine whether dependents receiving health coverage are legitimately entitled to be covered, and has hired a for-profit consulting company to conduct the audit. It is not hard to see a connection between the City’s decision to conduct the audit at this time and the City’s approach to contracts for public employees—which includes a demand to shift more of the cost of healthcare onto employees.
92% VOTE NO CONFIDENCE IN PATHWAYS
A Message from PSC President Barbara Bowen
The results of the referendum of No Confidence in Pathways are in: 92% voted No Confidence in Pathways. The vote is a stunning rebuke to the Pathways curriculum and the coercive measures used to impose it.
More than 60% of the 7,202 eligible voters in the referendum among full-time faculty voted—a remarkable rate of participation. A total of 4,322 votes were cast: 3,996 agreeing with the statement of No Confidence in Pathways, and only 323 disagreeing (there were 3 void ballots). The high percentage and high turnout mean that an absolute majority of the full-time faculty has expressed No Confidence in the University’s basic curriculum.