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Campaign for a New CUNY Contract
2,800+ Have Signed the Contract Campaign Petition.
Add Your Name Today!
The week before Thanksgiving, the union launched a public petition to Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio calling for immediate action to enable a fair resolution of our contract. Add your name! More than 2,800 people have already signed; let’s increase that number by thousands. The more signatures we gather and the more quickly they appear, the more powerful our message will be. Sign today. Everyone represented by the PSC is eligible to join in: full-time and part-time, faculty, staff and retirees.
PSC Voices Rise at CUNY Board Hearing
Chancellor Milliken and the CUNY Board of Trustees heard from 30 rank-and-file union members and officers Monday, November 24th, at the Board’s annual budget hearing at Baruch College. The members testified about the CUNY Budget Request for 2014-2015 and its connection to a fair PSC-CUNY contract. Together, they made the case for increased salaries at every level and offered unforgettable images of the damage unmanageable workloads can inflict on CUNY students, faculty and staff. Myriad voices representing junior and senior full-time faculty, adjuncts, professional staff, library faculty, Educational Opportunity Centers, CLIP and CUNY START testified eloquently. All the testimony will be posted at PSC-CUNY.org in the next few days. For now, check out testimony from these members:
- Andrea Vasquez, HEO, Graduate Center, on a means for eligible HEOs to "advance" in title and compensation
- Marc Edleman, Professor, Hunter College/Graduate Center, on the need for salary increases
- Marcia Newfield, Adjunct, BMCC, on the need for significant contractual salary increases for adjuncts
- Katherine Schaffer, Continuing Education Teacher, CUNY START, on the need for full-time status and full-time pay to match CUNY START teachers’ full-time work.
Mass Rally and March, Tues., Oct 21.
CUNY contracts are negotiated at the bargaining table, but won on the ground. And we need to keep up the pressure on CUNY and the State and City officials who approve our contracts. That's why hundreds of CUNY faculty and professional staff rallied and marched on Tuesday, October 21st. After a spirited early evening rally at the Community Church of New York on East 35th Street, attendees took to the streets, marching, chanting and singing as they went past the governor's NYC office and then to new CUNY headquarters on East 42nd Street. The message: CUNY NEEDS A RAISE. To view a photo slideshow from October 21 click here.
Contract Demonstration at Board of Trustees, Sept. 29
Sights and sounds from the demonstration are collected in the above slideshow from the PSC and a video from The Chief Leader. Check them out.
Thank you, PSC!
A message from President Barbara Bowen--Sept. 30
Close to 1,000 members came out for yesterday’s contract demonstration at the Board of Trustees. Thank you for your beautiful response to the union's call. It was a spirited, inspiring event. The huge turnout speaks for itself: our numbers are the best testimony to the intensity of our demand that the CUNY administration act now to resolve the contract.
We were so numerous that we overflowed our space on one block and encircled the entire block where the trustees were meeting. A hundred faculty and staff went inside to the meeting itself, where we disrupted business as usual with our loud demand for an economic offer. There was no possibility that the trustees, the chancellor and the college presidents could fail to hear our message.
What happens now? The PSC bargaining team will use the momentum we created yesterday to press CUNY management to put an economic offer on the table. While we turn up the heat on the administration, we will also continue to meet directly with elected officials about our contract.
And if we do not have a satisfactory offer by October 13, we will use that week to "Press the Presidents": make every college president accountable on the contract through a series of actions on your own campus. Everyone can participate in Press the Presidents Week because the actions will be varied, numerous and local. Sign up here to join.
And we will come together at full strength on Tuesday, October 21 for a mass action that will take our message to an even broader audience. Start building power for these events now; sign up here to let us know that you'll participate.
The faculty and staff work unstintingly for CUNY in conditions that often border on the intolerable. We serve the neediest communities in the city. It is unconscionable that we should be expected to work any longer without raises and other improvements.
Yesterday we took a big step in the direction of increasing the union's power to achieve a good contract. We will keep campaigning until we win.
President Bowen's Sept. 29 Letter to the Board of Trustees
President Bowen delivered this letter to the Trustees during the PSC demonstration at the Sept. 29 CUNY Board meeting. In it, she says negotiations “cannot advance without money on the table.” She demands “an economic offer that recognizes the quality and importance of the work we do.” Read the full letter.
Why Our Budget and Contract Campaigns are so Intertwined.
Contracts are negotiated at the bargaining table, but won on the ground. That means mobilizing our colleagues on every campus, in our departments and in our everyday interactions. But in an era of budget shortfalls and attacks on public workers, that ground operation, while beginning on our campuses, must extend its power to Albany and City Hall. As we come to the bargaining table to negotiate a new contract with the University, the political and economic conditions that we face will no doubt influence our demands and the demands of management. That is why PSC’s budget and contract campaigns are so intertwined.
Q and A: What’s Going On in Contract Talks?
The PSC and CUNY management have made some progress in contract talks. But CUNY has not yet put forward an economic offer, and union negotiators are pressing management to do so. President Bowen answers some frequently asked questions about the contract negotiations in this article from the Sept. Clarion.
Demands for the new contract were approved at a November 4, 2010 Delegate Assembly meeting. The full text of the demands, and coverage of the DA, are available here as a special supplement of the December 2010 Clarion.