As you may have heard, the Graduate Center is opening library study spaces to students today “without in-person services.” Members of the Graduate Center PSC Chapter will be conducting a health and safety walkthrough of these spaces tomorrow, to ensure that the spaces are safe for members of the GC community. We need to make sure that the GC is doing everything possible to reduce indoor concentrations of the coronavirus and stop it from spreading in our communities. A key way to do this is through the ventilation system, which is why we need to inspect airflow and other measures put in place as more people start visiting the building.
In the last week of May, Chancellor Matos reminded CUNY college presidents about a “flexible goal” that he was “encouraging” them to attain: that 60% of Fall 2021 course offerings at each college be listed as either in person or hybrid, and 40% listed as remote. “I think this goal is even more important now,” he continued, “given the recent announcement by the DOE that all NYC K-12 classes will be in-person next semester, the Governor’s announcement of mandatory vaccination for in-person classes at SUNY and CUNY, and the daily news about more institutions, businesses and agencies returning to ‘normal.’” The Chancellor also indicated that he had received “hundreds of emails from students” requesting more in-person classes.
I hope this message finds you well as we head into the summer months. I’m writing today with some information on the use of the Remote Work Agreement that was recently disseminated by CUNY. I want to remind you that this is something that the PSC negotiated with CUNY. There are some strong protections and reiterations of PSC contractual protections in the agreement, such as the 35-hour work week and the “right to disconnect.” There are also some questions and concerns members have expressed that I’d like to address here. After this stressful and challenging year and knowing how much members have given of themselves to keep the University running remotely, we remain committed to a safe and smooth transition back to some in-person work.