CUNY colleges facing funding cuts and continuing enrollment declines have laid off or improperly reappointed scores of CUNY adjuncts who were eligible for three-year appointments or reappointments. The details vary from college to college, but the overall effect has been a targeting of some of CUNY’s most experienced adjunct faculty. The PSC has pushed for the proper rehiring of these faculty at the chapter level and in labor-management meetings, at demonstrations, in the press and through the grievance process.
The first pay dates for the community colleges in the new semester (except for Guttman, Kingsborough and LaGuardia) were Friday, September 3 and Friday, September 17. For the senior colleges, the first dates were/are Thursday, September 9 and Thursday, September 23. For Guttman, KBCC and LAGCC, those dates are Friday, October 1 and Friday, October 15. Click here for the full semester listing of pay dates for the senior and community colleges (including Guttman, Kingsborough and LaGuardia).
Adjunct Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline: September 24
Adjuncts who are newly eligible or have regained eligibility for health insurance and supplemental PSC-CUNY welfare Fund benefits must submit completed applications/forms to the College Benefits Officer no later than 30 days from the first day of classes. This year, the deadline is September 24. Benefits will take effect the first day of classes. Eligibility requirements are detailed here, along with the list of required applications and documentation.
MLC VOTES TO MOVE RETIREE HEALTHCARE TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE
On Wednesday, July 14, the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) voted to approve a contract with the NYC Office of Labor Relations (OLR) to move city retirees, including CUNY retirees, from traditional Medicare with supplemental city insurance to a privatized Medicare Advantage plan. The transition would take effect on January 1, 2022. The PSC cast a "NO" vote.
The Medicare Advantage vendor is Alliance, a partnership of Empire BlueCross BlueShield and Emblem Health.
Members can choose to go into the Medicare Advantage plan or stay with traditional Medicare but would have to pay for their own Medigap insurance.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHANGE IN RETIREE HEALTHCARE TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE
INFORMATION SESSION FOR PSC RETIREES. On Monday, August 30th, the Alliance, the Medicare Advantage vendor, along with a representative from New York City’s Office of Labor Relations (OLR), presented information and responded to PSC retirees’ questions. This is the second such meeting the PSC convened this summer, following the first on July 27. HERE is a video of the meeting. More on Retiree Healthcare at the Sept. 13 Chapter Meeting.
ENROLLMENT GUIDE: The OLR has changed the opt out and enrollment dates to September 15 – October 31 from the original 9/1 to 10/15 dates. It has published an enrollment guide online "intended for retirees currently on the GHI/Empire BlueCross BlueShield Senior Care plan. Additional versions of the enrollment guide will be mailed to all City of New York retirees, and will be posted on [the OLR] website closer to the time of the mailings."
For more information, important links and a history of the response of the retirees chapter and PSC to the move by MLC/OLR to change retiree healthcare, click here.