College Lab Technicians

Updated: August 31, 2018
The PSC’s CLT chapter introduced a memorial at the union’s office for the late Executive Council member Alan Pearlman at its October meeting.

College Laboratory Technicians are professional members of the non-teaching instructional staff at CUNY. Full-time CLT appointments (except for appointments to Substitute CLT titles) are tenure track positions under the New York State Education Law. For CLTs, tenure provides the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as it does for instructional staff members in the professorial titles at CUNY. Most CLTs have bachelor degrees, many have masters and some have PhDs. Many come to CUNY with years of experience in their field of expertise.

The duties of College Laboratory Technicians are generally described in the CUNY Bylaws as performing laboratory functions and other technical duties of a highly skilled nature. CLTs provide lecture support in the form of set-ups of equipment and demonstrations and laboratory support for experiments and for research. At higher levels in the CLT series duties may include supervisory functions and more complex technical functions in laboratories and other technical areas.

College Laboratory Technicians service a multitude of scientific and technological areas at CUNY such as Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Nursing, Hematology, TV/Radio, Audio/Visual, Electronics, Geology, Computers, Art, Language Arts, Performing Arts, X-ray Technology and others. CLTs provide professional service at all CUNY campuses including the Graduate Center and Central Office. The main objective is to work in partnership with teaching faculty and other staff members to provide the highest level of technological support for the education of students and for research. In essence, “CUNY’s science and technology are in our hands!”

Upcoming CLT Meetings

Prevention of Workplace Bullying - CLT Meeting - Oct 1, 2018 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

CLT-HEO Professional Development Fund

In accordance with the PSC/CUNY collective bargaining agreement, approximately $500,000 per annum is available University-wide to support professional development activities for eligible employees in titles in the College Laboratory Technician series. Learn more at

Know Your Rights. Download the CLT Handbook

Download the CLT Handbook

Download the Adjunct CLTs Rights and Benefits Brochure

The current handbook (4th edition) has multiple purposes:

  • To serve as a compendium of College Laboratory Technicians’ rights and responsibilities
  • To familiarize newly appointed CLTs with the procedures for appointment, reappointment, promotion and other contractual protections.
  • To invite CLTs to contact the chapter officers for advice and help.

This handbook is not an official document, but a simplified guide to your contractual rights under the PSC-CUNY agreement as seen by the PSC.

The official documents to consult are the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of CUNY, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the PSC and CUNY (the contract), the written policies of the Board of Trustees and your college governance document. There are also arbitration awards and grievance decisions in which contractual rights and responsibilities have been delineated.