Day of Rage Against the Cuts: Tax the Rich, Not Working Families. Rally at City Hall Park at 5:00 p.m. March to Wall Street at 6:00 p.m.
Student / Labor / Community Rally Against Budget Cuts
A Message From President Bowen
Many of you have contacted me with questions and anger about the information you are receiving from college administrations on how they plan to implement the agreement to reduce the contractual teaching load. I share your anger, but we should not be surprised that CUNY management is trying to implement the agreement in the most limited, unimaginative, short-sighted way possible. Every major agreement the PSC has won-increased sabbatical pay, HEO salary differentials, three-year appointments for adjuncts and more-has required sustained union pressure to be implemented properly.
Pressure about the teaching load agreement is already being applied by PSC chapter chairs and leadership, but it will be most effective if it is amplified by the thousands of faculty whose fundamental working conditions are at stake. College presidents need to know how strongly you object to CUNY's restrictive approach to implementing the agreement.
The PSC and our AFT affiliates plan to fill social media with messages from proud union members if the Supreme Court rules, as expected, against workers in Janus v. AFSCME. Please join us. The Court’s rulings are announced on Monday mornings, and the Janus ruling could come any Monday before the end of June. The PSC will inform members via email and social media when it happens. When you receive the PSC’s message about the ruling, share a photo of yourself on social media, tag the union, and use the hashtags #UnionProud #UnionStrong.
If you email a photo to PSC Communications Coordinator Fran Clark a photo (firstname.lastname@example.org), we’ll add to your photo a frame with the hashtags that says “I’m Sticking to Our Union” and share it via the union’s Twitter and Facebook accounts on the day the Court’s Janus ruling is announced. Be sure to tell us where you work.
CUNY Needs a Strong Maintenance of Effort
Legislators in Albany are once again considering Maintenance of Effort (MOE) legislation that would begin to reverse the State’s record of underfunding the CUNY senior colleges. MOE bills have been passed twice with overwhelming bi-partisan support, but were vetoed both times by the governor. But the political dynamics in New York are changing and there is a chance that the MOE bill could be passed again and signed into law.
Click here to send a letter to your representatives in Albany urging them to pass the MOE again. This version of the bill requires the State to fund CUNY’s inflationary operating costs, such as collective bargaining, energy and rent. It also provides reimbursement for a portion of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Credit, which currently leaves public colleges on the hook for financial aid that should come from the State.
2018 PSC Election Results
In April 2018, the PSC held elections are for the union’s principal officer positions of President, First Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer; for Vice Presidents for Senior Colleges, Community Colleges, Part-Time Personnel and Cross-Campus Units; and for the other 19 positions on the PSC Executive Council. Members also elected delegates to the AFT, NYSUT and AAUP. The Elections Committee certified the results of the 2018 PSC elections on Monday, May 7.
PSC President Barbara Bowen, Treasurer Sharon Persinger and Secretary Nivedita Majumdar were all re-elected. Andrea Ades Vásquez was elected to the position of PSC First Vice President. Full results of the election are posted here. The term of office starts on Monday, May 21.
The PSC Executive Council has passed a resolution expressing solidarity with CUNY cafeteria workers and the Retail Action Project of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which has been organizing them. (Read about the conditions that CUNY cafeteria workers face.)The resolution supports the workers’ demands that all CUNY cafeteria contractors adhere to relevant labor and workplace safety laws, that workers have a right to continuous employment when vendors change, and have the freedom to seek union representation without threat of retaliation. Read the full resolution.
PSC Members to Legislators: $7K per Course for Adjuncts is about Wage Justice and Educational Justice
Almost a hundred CUNY adjunct faculty and their colleagues rallied at the State Capitol on April 24 to demand a salary of $7,000 per course for CUNY’s adjunct faculty and increased investment in the City University of New York. The rally on the Capitol’s Million Dollar Staircase was part of a $7K Advocacy Day during which adjuncts met with dozens of legislators to explain why fair pay for CUNY adjunct faculty is essential for student success. CUNY salaries are bargained with the university’s central administration, but inadequate funding from Albany is at the root of the problem. Assembly Higher Education Chair Deborah Glick and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon spoke at the event, along with a representative of Assemblymember Marcos Crespo. Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, ranking member of the Senate Higher Education Committee and Senator Marisol Alcantara spoke as well. Here's a video of the rally with statements from the lawmakers and from PSC leaders and activists.
Vote by Phone or Email
On April 2, ballots were mailed to members’ homes for the election of the 27-member Executive Council (including president, first vice president, secretary and treasurer), and delegates to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), and American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Voting will be by phone or email. Completed ballots must be registered by April 27 and will be counted on April 30.
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.