“So much of our labor is being taken advantage of,” said Raffi Kiureghian, an adjunct lecturer in the English department.
“After this election, we really need to organize,” Queens College geology professor Stephen Pekar told a PSC forum on climate change on November 30 – a week before then-President-elect Donald Trump nominated climate-change denier Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
How are such improvements possible in this age of austerity, especially austerity in health care? Because PSC members fought for them and won when we insisted on a non-austerity contract. And because the union campaigned for more than a decade to have CUNY – not the Welfare Fund – provide health insurance for eligible adjuncts, as it does for full-timers.
HEOs from several campuses are learning the nuts and bolts of implementing a contract, and in turn, stepping up their own involvement with the union.
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Armed with that information, PSC activists took action and organized around what they saw as an equity issue – and they won.
We don’t know who the members of Columbia University administration voted for in November’s presidential election. But not only has the Ivy League management embraced some of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric in the university’s fight against its graduate workers’ union, it would benefit from how the new US president will reshape the nation’s labor governing body.
After pressure from academic unions and labor organizations, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued a long-awaited letter outlining when states should determine adjunct faculty as eligible for unemployment compensation.