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.
Department chairs across CUNY colleges share how disinvestment in public higher education affects the lives of faculty, staff and students.
The PSC Committee on the Militarization of CUNY uncovered documents that reveal governance issues as institutionalization looms.
The Elections Committee met on Friday, May 13th to certify the spring chapter elections:
- Brooklyn EOC – Chair - Felicia Wharton
- College of Staten Island – Chair – George Sanchez
- Hunter Campus Schools – Chair – David Towber
- HEO – Chair – Andrea Vasquez
- Kingsborough – Chair – Rita Yarmish
- Lehman – Chair – Robert Farrell
- Manhattan CC – Chair – Geoffrey Kurtz
- Medgar Evers – Chair – Clinton Crawford
- New York City Tech – Chair – Benjamin Shepard
- Queensborough CC – Chair – Edmond Clingan
- Retiree Chapter – Chair – Bill Friedheim
The effective date of office for the spring chapter elections is May 27, 2016 – 3 year term.
All of the elections were uncontested but two. The official count for the two contested election (CSI and BMCC) is available here.
April 1, 2015 -- Message From President Bowen:
Dear PSC Member,
Until early evening yesterday, the PSC was receiving word from legislators in Albany that the final State budget would include at least some funding for retroactive pay for our contract. That the Legislature was prepared to move toward fairness for us and for CUNY was the result of the extraordinary campaign the PSC waged this year. When the final agreement with Governor Cuomo was reached, however, all funding for our back-pay was eliminated.
Members will elect leadership for eleven PSC chapters this month. Click here for the official election notice for the April 2016 chapter elections.
Ballots together with pre-paid return envelopes were mailed to members’ home addresses on April 1. In uncontested elections, ballots must be received by 5 pm at the PSC office on April 28. In contested elections, they are due at the office of the designated ballot-counting organization by 5 pm on April 28. All ballots will be counted at 10 am on April 29.