The standards presented below represent the PSC’s position on the measures that must be in place before the University reopens on a larger scale in the Fall 2021 semester.
CUNY students, faculty and staff are eager to resume working and learning together on campus after a year of isolation—but only if we can do so safely. We are intensely conscious of the value of in-person learning and interaction at CUNY, especially because the communities CUNY serves have been pummeled by deaths from COVID, loss of income, and the intensifying effects of systemic poverty and racism.
But there must be no return without a safe return. As the employer, CUNY has a legal and contractual responsibility to provide a workplace that is free of recognized hazards that could cause serious illness or death. To date, the CUNY administration has failed to provide unified guidance or enforcement of the standards that must be met in order for colleges to reopen more broadly. Instead, responsibility for developing reopening plans has been delegated to the individual colleges, with the result that the University community is faced with a patchwork of plans and uneven enforcement.
CUNY colleges have been allocated more than $891 million in federal stimulus funds that can be used for institutional purposes related to COVID-19. Send a letter to the Chancellor urging him to #FreeTheFunds and allow CUNY colleges to use the money to reverse the layoffs and cuts of the past year and protect our health and safety.
All adjuncts who are not working or are earning less than $504 per week should apply for unemployment insurance, with or without a letter of non-reappointment. Watch this workshop featuring Jon Bloom, Executive Director of the Workers Defense League.