It will take more than a strong argument and the moral high ground to win our demand for $7,000 per course minimum pay for adjuncts. It will require a campaign to break the grip of austerity on CUNY, an effort that will build power on campus, support in the community and leverage at the bargaining table. Outreach to legislators will also be essential. The University’s two-tiered labor system is a direct result of years of disinvestment by the State; it will take significant reinvestment to more than double adjuncts’ starting pay.
PSC members, full-time and adjunct, faculty and staff, will travel to Albany on Tuesday, April 24 to make the case for $7K and inform legislators about the vital role adjunct faculty play in educating CUNY students. Sign up here. This is a one-day event. The bus will leave NYC early in the morning and return later that evening. When you sign up, a PSC organizer will contact you with more information.
CUNY Rising, a coalition of 33 CUNY-allied groups, including the PSC, will host two hearings for city and state elected officials, one in Brooklyn and one in the Bronx. PSC chapters are helping to organize both events. The Brooklyn hearing will focus on the needs of CUNY senior colleges and their students. It will be 4 PM Wed., Apr. 25 at the Brooklyn College Library (2900 Bedford Ave.). The Bronx hearing will focus on the community colleges and their students. It will be 4 PM Thurs., May 3 at Bronx Community College in Nichols Hall, room 104 (2155 University Ave.).
As Contract Negotiations Begin, Membership Strength is the Key
After months of pressure by the PSC, CUNY management came to the table on March 14 and March 16 for collective negotiations for a new contract. President Bowen’s report to members on the sessions called them “a good beginning.” The PSC bargaining team commenced the negotiations with a report on the growing strength of our union. Before demanding a timely contract with substantial raises for all faculty and staff, and $7,000 per course for adjuncts, the team cited the increase in PSC membership since the last contract and the higher percentage of members (as opposed to fee-payers) as a source of strength for this round of bargaining. It’s not too late to add to that strength for this new round of contract negotiations; click here to sign the new, stronger membership card, if you have not signed already.