The newly ratified collective bargaining agreement has a new provision securing multiyear appointments for adjunct faculty.
Join PSC Members for the Kick-off in NYC, Sun., Oct. 2, 9:30 AM
Ten years ago the State Court of Appeals ordered Albany to increase funding for many school districts to comply with the state constitution’s requirement that all children receive a "sound basic education." But Albany isn’t providing the court-ordered funding, and many Black, Latino, and low-income students are still suffering from systemic neglect. The Alliance for Quality Education is walking 150 miles to Albany to demand that NYS fully fund education in every district in New York. The CUNY Rising Alliance is supporting the effort, and you can too, by walking the NYC leg of the journey or attending the kick-off event at Tweed Courthouse, Sun., Oct. 2 at 9:30 AM. Click here to sign up with AQE.
PSC/CUNY COPE is the PSC’s Committee on Political Education——the political action arm of our union and part of the non--partisan VOTE--COPE program supported by tens of thousands of union members from our state and national affiliates, NYSUT and the American Federation of Teachers.
PSC members make voluntary contributions to PSC/CUNY COPE help elect candidates who are pro--CUNY and pro--labor. They also support advocacy related to PSC legislative priorities and a broad progressive agenda on education policy, labor rights and social justice.
PSC/CUNY COPE contributions are separate from your union dues and are collected via payroll deduction or personal check. Union members can click here to learn more.
Help to Get Out the Vote for the General Election on November 8
PSC members made thousands of calls to help pro-CUNY, pro-labor candidates win in the primaries. We will do thousands more calls and take part in labor walks to win the White House and reshape the State legislature. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who made calls, did labor walks and otherwise contributed to these victories. Phone banks are scheduled every Wednesday evening between now and the November 8 General Election and other GOTV opportunities are soon to be announced. PSC members can sign up here.
NYS Legislative Primary Results
Thanks to boots-on-the-ground support from PSC members and our colleagues at NYSUT, K-16 public education allies in the state legislature like Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assembly Members Pam Harris and Latrice Walker won their primaries in September. The victories came despite the incumbents being outspent 6:1 by New York’s pro-school-voucher Super PAC. In New York City, NYSUT/PSC-endorsed Senate candidate Robert Jackson narrowly lost in a tight three-way race, earning 29.72 % percent of the vote. Paul Newell, whom we also endorsed, lost the primary to represent Assembly District 65 in lower Manhattan. Click here to see all the primary results.
Update: LIU Lockout Is Over
The lockout at LIU is over. The following announcement was made on the website of the LIU AFT local, the The Long Island University Faculty Federation (LIUFF).
Dear LIUFF Colleagues,
We have won a victory. The administration will end their unprecedented lockout effective 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, September 14. We will be reunited with our students and can resume our professional lives. Our collective bargaining agreement is extended until May 31, 2017, and the administration agreed to our condition that we engage a professional mediator to facilitate a fair contract. This timeframe gives us the opportunity to negotiate in good faith while preserving LIU Brooklyn.
The LIU administration will make the faculty whole for health care costs incurred during the lockout period....
Together, as union members, we worked hard to negotiate retroactive pay for increases from April 20, 2012 through April 20, 2016 to be paid out on January 19, 2017 at CUNY 4-year colleges and graduate schools and on January 27 at CUNY community colleges. This retroactive salary estimator has been created for members to approximate the amount of retroactive pay you can expect to receive. Please bear in mind that the estimator is provided for information purposes and is only an approximation.
After a spirited debate, the Delegate Assembly voted Thursday, June 23 to submit the tentative contract agreement to the PSC membership for a ratification vote. The vote to recommend ratification of the new contract passed by an overwhelming majority of 111 in favor to 11 opposed. The CUNY Board of Trustees approved the agreement at their Monday, June 27 meeting. PSC members will then have the final word on the contract during a ratification vote to be held July 11 - August 3.
The CUNY Board of Trustees amended its calendar for the Board meeting on Monday, June 27, adding a note indicating that the proposed Freedom of Expression and Expressive Conduct policy will be considered at a later time. The note on the calendar read:
“It was clear from testimony at the public hearing on June 20, 2016, and other communications that there are questions and concerns about the proposed policy. The Chairperson and the Chancellor have determined that there should be additional consultation and discussion. Accordingly, this item is included on the calendar solely for informational purposes. A proposed policy will be considered by the Board of Trustees at a later time, following additional consultation and discussion.”
PSC President Barbara Bowen was one of many CUNY professors and students who testified against the proposed policy at a public hearing this past Monday. (Audio of the hearing is posted here.) President Bowen reaffirmed the PSC’s position against policies that limit speech, saying:
“Such a policy seems especially dangerous in a university whose students are already often silenced and marginalized by poverty and racism. And it is a poor response to a faculty and staff that was forced to organize for a strike authorization vote.”
President Bowen closed her testimony by demanding that CUNY bargain over this policy, as it directly affects a term and condition of employment in that it refers to the contractual procedures on discipline.
PSC leaders were in Albany Wednesday, June 8 standing alongside Senate Higher Education Chair Kenneth LaValle and Assembly Higher Education Chair Deborah Glick to call for passage of a true Maintenance of Effort (MOE) for CUNY and SUNY before the end of the legislative session on June 16. The 2016-17 Enacted State Budget held CUNY tuition flat for one year but it failed to fund the tuition freeze or address the MOE provision that PSC members fought hard for. Even the inadequate MOE provisions of SUNY 2020, which led to a decline in per-student funding because they didn’t cover increasing operating costs, are set to expire at the end of June. Without any MOE language, our four-year SUNY and CUNY campuses face further state funding reductions in next year's state budget. A strong MOE is needed to ensure that state funding is provided to cover operating costs such as rent, energy, fringe benefits and salary step increases. The news conference is being sponsored by PSC, UUP, NYSUT and NYPIRG.
The event was covered by the Times Union's Capitol Confidential blog and by Capitol Tonight's State of Politics.
Do your part to help pass the MOE by sending this letter to your legislators in Albany.
A letter sent from the CUNY Rising Alliance to Governor Cuomo, Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie last week called for funding for CUNY contracts and passage of a true Maintenance of Effort for CUNY during this legislative session. It was delivered the first work day after the front-page Times story, "Dreams Stall as CUNY, New York City’s Engine of Mobility, Sputters" and a few days before the First Lady's visit to City College. Read the letter here and coverage of the letter on Capital Tonight’s State of Politics blog here.