We write to update you on important developments in contract negotiations.
On March 14, hours after hundreds of members rallied for a fair contract at the offices of the governor and the mayor, the PSC bargaining team put a comprehensive counter-proposal on the table. We called on CUNY management to accept the proposal and bring negotiations to a close.
The union’s proposal is outlined below. Management’s initial reaction was that the University does not have the money to pay for it. They asked for more time to analyze our proposal and respond. The PSC bargaining team believes that our proposal, though ambitious, is reasonable, and that CUNY, the City and the State must find a way to pay for it. Funding is the primary issue in this round of bargaining.
The misrepresentation of the PSC's position on the question of a strike has to stop. "7K or Strike" is not the position of the union.
Some members who have participated in "7K or Strike" events have done so because they want to open up discussion of whether a strike is the right tactic for this moment, or because they believe they are advancing the union's contract campaign, or simply because they want to show their support for adjuncts. All of these positions are valid. But a relatively small group of "7K or Strike" proponents has attempted to confuse colleagues and the media about the union's position. This letter is addressed to them.
Funding to help support our contract and CUNY students’ education is on the line. Legislators need to hear from us today—from all of us—before the April 1 budget deadline. Budget proposals from the Senate and the Assembly call for modest increases in funding for senior and community colleges. The Assembly plan would put CUNY on a path toward budget stability. The Senate plan is less generous to CUNY. Please make a call to your Senator AND send the NEW LETTER to LEGISLATORS.
The main Senate switchboard phone number is 518-455-2800. Ask to speak to your State Senator (find him or her here.) Tell them: CUNY is cannibalizing itself to cover unfunded costs, and students feel the cuts in their classrooms, counseling centers and elsewhere. CUNY needs much more than what is currently on the table in Albany to end the crisis and protect quality education. Tell your Senator to start by filling the TAP Gap at CUNY. The Gap cost CUNY colleges $74 million this year alone.