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Fall 2017 Adjunct Pay Dates

For the Fall 2017 semester, teaching adjuncts are scheduled to be paid on eight successive pay dates. At the senior colleges, the first pay date will be Sept. 14 and the last pay date will be Dec. 21. At most community colleges, the first pay date will be Sept. 8 and the last pay date will be Dec. 15. Kingsborough CC, LaGuardia CC and Guttman CC operate on a different academic calendar with different pay dates.

Dear PSC member,

This Friday President Trump will be speaking at Suffolk Community College. A rally is being organized to protest his anti-immigrant/anti worker policies. We hope you can attend. It is critical that we take every opportunity to amplify our voices in this moment.
Details on the purpose, place and time of the rally are below.

In Solidarity,
Mike Fabricant

Faculty Association Suffolk Community College

Working families will lose if the Senate Republicans' healthcare bill passes. The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act strips healthcare from millions of Americans. It could be a special-needs student who suffers because services funded by Medicaid are cut, or patients who no longer have access to vital health services because insurance companies will be able to go back to picking and choosing what to cover. The plan strips access to necessary care and opens the cost floodgates.

But it doesn’t stop there. Retirees may face an age tax as insurers are allowed to charge older patients five times more than their younger counterparts. The plan to lift the mandate that all insurance plans cover essential benefits puts even our best-negotiated employer health plans at risk. And, it gives huge tax cuts to the wealthy. : Don't Take Away Our Health Care.

Praises Strong Support of Public Higher Education, Pledges Vigorous Campaign for Endorsed Candidates

The PSC announced today its endorsement of 44 candidates for NY City Council. The list of endorsees includes seven candidates for hotly contested open Council seats and 37 incumbents.

Contact an Adjunct Grievance Counselor by June 22

May 15 was the deadline for CUNY colleges to notify adjuncts eligible for both three-year and one-year appointments. If there was a discrepancy in your letter of appointment or you received a notice of non-reappointment, it is critical that you contact a PSC adjunct grievance counselor by Thursday, June 22 so Contract Enforcement has time to file a grievance on your behalf before the 30-business-day deadline for filing grievances passes on June 27.

Adjuncts are entitled to a one-year appointment if they have served in the same department of the college for not fewer than six (6) consecutive semesters (exclusive of summer sessions) during the three (3) year period immediately preceding the appointment.

Adjuncts are eligible to be considered for a three-year appointment if they have taught at least six (6) classroom contact hours per semester within the same department at the same college for the ten (10) most recent consecutive Fall and Spring semesters preceding September 1, 2017.

Contact a PSC adjunct grievance counselor at 212-354-1252 no later than June 22, 2017 if you believe you are eligible for a one- or three-year appointment and if any of the following occur:

  • You do not receive any letter of appointment or reappointment on or before May 15;
  • The appointment letter you receive does not contain the appropriate title and hourly rate;
  • You believe that you are eligible for a one-year appointment and received a letter for a semester appointment;
  • You believe that you are eligible for a three-year appointment and received a one-year or a semester appointment; or
  • You receive a letter of non-reappointment.

Help Fund CUNY with a Real State Maintenance of Effort

Key legislators in Albany are making an end-of-session push to enact enhanced Maintenance of Effort (MOE) legislation for CUNY and SUNY. It’s a bill that would dramatically increase both the investment in and quality of a CUNY education. The enhanced MOE would provide CUNY with an additional $157 million for academics and student support services. Don’t miss this chance to help make it a reality for next year. Please send this e-fax message of support to your representatives in Albany right now—then share it widely with friends and coworkers. If you’re on a smartphone, click here to call your representatives.

OPEN ENROLLMENT THROUGH JUNE 15

A message from Sharon Persinger, PSC Treasurer

Dear Members:

I am writing to make sure you are aware of a new opportunity, available through the union, to enroll in a Catastrophe Major Medical Plan with no restrictions based on preexisting medical conditions. The 45-day enrollment period ends on June 15. This may be a one-time opportunity. I urge you to consider seriously whether this additional insurance to cover medical emergencies, available through our statewide affiliate NYSUT, is right for you.

Fourteen PSC chapters held elections in the spring of 2017. The chapters elected their local officers, delegates and alternates to the PSC Delegate Assembly, and representatives to the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. Most races were uncontested, though there were contested races at the Graduate Center and Hunter College. The election results were certified by the Elections Committee on May 8. The term of office for the newly elected candidates begins on May 22. Click here for a list of all newly elected chapter leaders and here for the vote counts of the contested elections.

On May Day, hundreds of PSC members joined a nationwide university moratorium in resistance to assaults on knowledge and research by integrating into their classes an examination of the impact of President Trump's policies as relevant to the subjects of their classes. The NY Post published an article about the action with false headline: “CUNY professors will skip school to protest Trump.” President Bowen demanded a retraction in this letter to the editor and noted that the PSC explicitly called on professors not to skip class on May 1.

To the Editor:

The New York Post should publish a retraction of its headline, “CUNY professors will skip school to protest Trump” (April 30, 2017). The statement is a lie. It is contradicted by the Post’s own article. The leadership of the faculty union at CUNY, the Professional Staff Congress, explicitly called on professors not to skip class on May 1. Instead, we urged faculty to support the moratorium by including discussion of the impact of President Trump’s policies as they are relevant to the subject of their classes.

In doing so, we adhered to the national standard on academic freedom, to which CUNY explicitly subscribes. Adjunct instructor Joe Borelli should look at his own union contract before calling for his fellow adjuncts to be fired. The contract’s opening page pledges a shared commitment to “full freedom of inquiry” and academic freedom. I stand by my statement that college faculty have a responsibility to challenge “alternative facts” and to equip our students to do the same. Fulfilling that responsibility is a pretty good definition of what college education means.

Dr. Barbara Bowen

PSC Members Meet at Broadway and Worth St, S.E. Corner, 4:30 PM

In New York City and cities across the country people of conscience will take the streets on May 1st, May Day, and send a clear signal to the Trump Administration at the end of its first 100 days: We will stand together and resist together. PSC members will join with New Yorkers from across the city for a rally at 5 PM in Foley Square. PSC members will meet at the southeast corner of Broadway and Worth St. at 4:30 PM. Join us as we hear from people impacted by Trump’s bigoted and anti-worker policies. Join us as we celebrate workers and recommit to our shared struggle for workers’ rights and immigrants’ rights. Come recharge for the fight ahead with fellowship, solidarity and live music. Hashtags for the day are #MayDay2017, #HereToStay and #OurNY.

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