On October 26, 2012, PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund trustees voted to extend current adjunct health insurance coverage, provided through the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund, through the month of November 2012. “We had expected the final review of the proposed new coverage to be complete by the end of October 2012, but because of the complexity of the proposal the review is still ongoing,” said PSC President Barbara Bowen.
Union leaders emphasized that while they are grateful to the Welfare Fund’s trustees for voting to continue coverage and to the University for agreeing to support the financial terms of that coverage, this kind of month-to-month extension was never the union’s intent. “I know that the lack of certainty has been extraordinarily difficult, especially because it involves something as intimate and fundamental as health care,” Bowen said in a message to adjunct members. “I want to thank you for bearing with us as we bring this difficult negotiation to a close.”
The union’s goal, Bowen said, remains the same: to negotiate adjunct health insurance comparable to the current insurance, with no break in coverage. “We will provide further information as soon as it becomes available,” she said.