Professional Staff Congress | 61 Broadway, 15th Floor, NYC 10006 | 212-354-1252 |212-PSC-CUNY | firstname.lastname@example.org | AFT Local #2334
Borough of Manhattan Community College
During the past academic year, our chapter members marched, lobbied, testified, “taught CUNY,” petitioned, and spoke out! Our issues included student tuition hikes, problems with Pathways, the lack of a contract, adjunct health care, funding equity for CUNY, and more.
As the new academic year begins, we are looking forward to the city elections (see http://www.psc-cuny.org/endorsements2013), and the continued fights for a contract, for adjunct equity (see http://www.campusequityweek.org/home/) and for better "Pathways."
We are faced with the chaos that is a part Pathways/part BMCC general ed requirement, and departments whose renovations are not complete. We are eager to work together to make things better, with chapter meetings, a new faculty orientation (Wed. Oct. 30th, 2-4 pm, S431), terrific department reps, active chapter committees, coalition work with student groups, and countless one-on-one conversations.
Come to our next chapter meeting, to help make plans and to help put them into action! Our chapter meetings are on the third Wednesday of every month, in one of the lecture rooms in the middle of the fourth floor, main building.
1. Bryanne Waychoff was elected by acclimation as new alternate delegate to replace Benjamin Powell.
2. The Climate Change March was discussed. There will be large student participation thanks to NYPRG. Labor will be at 56th and Broadway, at 10:30 a.m., March at 11:30.
At 12:58, there will silence for two minutes, then noise makers, church bells, bands will play, all across the world!
3. Marcia Newfield talked on adjunct health insurance and then Jane Clark on formulary changes. Adjuncts must sign up in the next two days or risk a gap in coverage.
Adjuncts will now be on the city health insurance program, with ancillary services from PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund.
4. Anne Friedman presented an update on contract negotiations.
5. On Sept 29th there will be a demonstration at Board of Trustees Monday in favor of getting a new contract soon. Demonstrating there is an important way to put the pressure on! We will meet at meet at 3:00 pm at BMCC in lobby, or you can meet us there (55 Lexington Avenue, -- the PSC will meet at the southwest corner of 25th street).
1. New business
Phil BelCastro: two sections of HED 240 lab course were over enrolled by 44%, despite his department’s protests, since this is a lab course. No extra compensation or help was given. A grievance was filed but the PSC dropped it. [Update: it was not dropped. We cannot talk about the details of a grievance that is in process.]
2. Presentation by Larry Morgan, director, PSC welfare fund
Minutes of the Chapter Meeting, 11/20/2013, N452
1. Geoff Kurtz spoke about the City elections – what we’ve won and what’s next. Much of his talk concerned the progressive caucus in the city council, which is still a minority in the city council, but more able to have their ideas listened to.
• On Friday 10/25 at 12:30 in the media center there will be a HEO meeting with Iris DeLutro about time sheets, please spread the word to HEOs about it.
• Mike Vozic is home ill, would like emails.
• With Charlie Post on Sabbatical, the Grievance Office for this year is Howard Prince at the PSC: 212-354-1252
2. November Elections
Geoff Kurtz talked about the importance of a large turn-out for deBlasio, to support his progressive Campaigns. The PSC would like to support the Working Families Party by voting for him on their ticket.
3. Campus Equity Week
Attending: Joyce Moorman, Kathleen Offenholley, Andrew Levy, Deirdre Brill, Hyacynth Martin, Craig Hutchison, Hemalatha Navaratne, Tony Gronowitz, Yakov Genis, Howard Meltzer, Joy Dunkley
1. Discussion of Sept. 30 demonstration, encourage faculty to go, forward names to Brian or Deirdre. (Deirdre will be taking over as our organizer this year.)
2. Discussion of Topics for Labor Management meeting Oct. 21 (This meeting was later tabled.)
1. Lunch and Introductions
2. Discussion of Agenda and September Priorities
3. Issues: Elections, Pathways, CUNYfirst, contract
4. Organizing: New Faculty Orientation, Dep. Reps.
5. Announcements and New Business
Saavik Ford, Kathleen Offenholley, Hyacinth Martin, Marcos Zyman, Yakov Genis, Thomas Burgess, Brianne Waychoff, Marcia Newfield, Brian Graf, Anne Friedman, Geoff Kurtz, Tony Gronowicz, Joanne Zak, John Gallagher, Frank Crocco, Deborah Gambs, Craig Hutchison, Deirdre Bell, Joy Dunkley