Let the chancellor know that the denial of equity increases to Assistants to HEO—just like the laying off of adjuncts—is everyone’s issue. Remind him that he is in danger of squandering any confidence in his leadership of the University.
If we don’t get news by Thursday morning that the decision has been reversed, we will escalate again. After you have sent your letter, sign up here to show you’re ready to join a physically distanced action this Saturday morning. We may have to take our protest directly to the chancellor.
Today, the 30,000-member Professional Staff Congress announced its endorsement of Brad Lander for New York City Comptroller. The CUNY faculty and staff union pointed to Lander’s long-time support for educational equity and his progressive vision for a just recovery from COVID.
“In the city’s current economic crisis, the role of New York City Comptroller has become more vital than ever. Brad Lander is the right person for this tough moment. He will simultaneously safeguard the city’s fiscal health and fight for an economic recovery that repudiates austerity. He understands that an economic crisis that has been devastating to the city’s working class, its poor and its communities of color cannot be solved without visionary investment. He knows that investment in CUNY--a New Deal for CUNY--will be essential to any just and inclusive recovery,” said Barbara Bowen, President of the Professional Staff Congress. “The members of the PSC know Brad and respect him for his consistent progressive work in the City Council, and we are proud to give him our endorsement.”
Lander has been a vocal supporter of fully funding CUNY and restoring tuition-free public higher education for New York City students. He has supported the state legislation for a New Deal for CUNY proposal and has been a vocal supporter of the PSC’s call for rich private universities in the city to pay their fair share to the City for educational needs.
The CUNY administration is refusing to honor the contract they signed—again! First they laid off thousands of adjuncts, then they withheld our 2% raise, now they have said that they are indefinitely delaying payment of the $1,000 “equity raise” for Assistants to HEO that was supposed to show up in paychecks this week. And they’re also planning not to pay the equity raise for Lecturers due on April 1.
Enough is enough!
PSC members gathered for a short, loud, vigorous demonstration on Monday, Presidents’ Day, February 15, in front of CUNY’s central office on East 42nd St. & 2nd Ave to demand that Chancellor Matos Rodríguez reverse his decision and pay the equity increments agreed to in our contract.