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How is the contract funded?
A message from President Barbara Bowen, November 14, 5 PM
This is the first in a series of short messages sent to ensure that you have accurate information about the proposed contract. Unfortunately, false and misleading claims about the contract have been circulated.
The question of funding is always pertinent at CUNY. What makes this contract different from past contracts is that it comes with a commitment of tens of millions of dollars annually in State and City funding, over and above the annual salary increases and equity increases. The additional funding is committed to pay for the new adjunct office hours. The PSC won the support of the CUNY Board, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio for a major new investment in CUNY’s workforce and its students.
The costs of the contract for the current year are funded, according to CUNY’s budget director. New York City has budgeted to add funds to the community college budgets to cover every dollar of the across-the-board and equity increases in every year of the contract. New York State has not regularly done so, but the State provided funding for the retroactive pay increases in the last contract, funded the fringe benefit cost increases in recent years, and has made the important new commitment of funds for the proposed agreement. NY State budgets are enacted on a year-by-year basis; the PSC has already begun the effort to gain the funds needed to cover all contractual increases next year, without raising tuition.
The claim made by some college presidents that tuition must be raised to cover contractual increases is divisive and false. The reason for budget shortfalls at CUNY is systemic underfunding, not our contractual increases. The PSC has consistently fought back against the systemic underfunding, including averting a half-billion-dollar proposed cut to CUNY funding three years ago.
A majority yes vote on the proposed contract means that we will receive our raises and CUNY will gain additional State and City funding. I urge you to vote yes.
How to Vote
You may vote as soon as you receive your secure Personal Identification Number (PIN), which will be provided to you the week of November 11 by the American Arbitration Association. Your PIN will be sent to you by both surface mail and email. (Contact the PSC if you have not received it by next Friday, November 15.)
Once you have your PIN, you may vote either by telephone or through the American Arbitration Association website. Directions about how to vote will be included in the mailing with your PIN.
Voting will end at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26.
Vote Yes for a New Contract
A message from President Barbara Bowen, November 7, 9 PM
Highlights of the Proposed Contract
- Breakthrough on adjunct pay—the biggest gain in equity in the union’s history
- Salary increases across the board of more than 10% by November 2022
- Retroactive pay increases
- Pay for teaching adjuncts restructured: minimum for a three-credit course rises by the end of the contract to $5,500 (an increase of 71%), four-credit course to $6,875
- Adjunct workload restructured starting next semester to include paid office hours for every course
- Additional salary increases for equity: full-time CLT titles, all Lecturer titles, and Assistants to HEO
- Across-the-board salary increases also applied to EOCs and Continuing Ed faculty
- Graduate employee health insurance funding and tuition waivers expanded
- Improved funding and firm time frames for HEO differential awards
- First-ever contractual language on on-line teaching, union participation in University technology committee
- Contractual travel funds doubled
- Research support for department chairs, starting 2021
- Increased funding for professional development funds for adjuncts, Continuing Ed faculty, CLTs and HEOs
- Access to professional development grants for non-teaching adjuncts
- Pilot program on payment of stipends for specific projects
- Welfare Fund funding increased, supporting further benefit enhancements
- No give-backs
Memorandum of Agreement
This Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is the legal document that contains every provision of the proposed new contract.
This is the signed MOA.
Attachment I, the 2018 letter agreements with NYC regarding health insurance are attached to the PDF version of the 2017-23 MOA.