PSC at the bargaining table with CUNY management on Friday, June 20th.
PSC President Barbara Bowen said she expects to see "intense negotiations over the summer and fall." You can receive updates on This Week. If you do not already subscribe, sign up here.
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.
We have waited long enough for the CUNY Board of Trustees to put an economic offer on the table. It's time to demonstrate to the Board and the University Administration that we need a good contract now.
On Monday, September 29, the union will organize a mass demonstration to deliver a simple message to the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Milliken: CUNY Needs a Raise! We will assemble at 3:30 PM on Monday, September 29, at Baruch College Vertical Campus (55 Lexington Ave.), where the CUNY Board meets. If a good contract is important to you, then you should be there. Fill out this form to confirm that you will join us.
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: 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.
The PSC’s strategy has been to accomplish everything we can through informal negotiations, while at the same time working to change the economic and political policies that underlie our contract negotiations. We are close to an agreement permitting faculty and staff to use CUNY e-mail after retirement. Talks on other issues are also under way.