Contract Campaign

Contract Negotiations: A Critical Moment -- 2/21/19

Dear Members,

We are at a critical moment in the contract campaign. Both State and City budgets are being decided, and hundreds of PSC members are working to ensure that the final budgets include increased CUNY funding.

The moment is critical also because pressure is building within our own union, and nationally, for justice for teachers and students. The PSC’s ambitious contract agenda is aligned with the movement of K-12 teachers for the resources both teachers and students deserve.

Meanwhile the CUNY trustees have finally named a new chancellor. The day after Félix Matos Rodríguez was appointed, the union made it clear that his success will depend heavily on whether he is able to resolve our contract.

So the stakes are high, and it’s time for an account of where we stand.

Read President Bowen's bargaining update.

Fight for Full State Funding of CUNY

On February 12, 60 PSC members—full-time faculty, adjuncts, CLTs and HEOs—traveled to Albany urging legislators to fix the State’s broken funding model for CUNY and fund our contract. They were there as part of a statewide Higher Education Advocacy Day cosponsored by NYSUT, the PSC, and United University Professions. Click here to download the policy agenda for the FY2020 State budget they delivered to legislators.

The PSC's legislative strategy is to press the Assembly and the new Senate majority to include the funding CUNY needs in their one-house budget resolutions, which are typically passed at the beginning of March and set the table for final budget talks with the governor.

But you don’t need to be in Albany to help win funding for a fair contract with raises for all and $7,000 per course for adjuncts. Our goal is to generate 10,000 messages from union members to their legislators before the April 1 State budget deadline. Click here to do your part.

Fund CUNY -- Send a Letter to your Legislator!

We need 10,000 PSC/CUNY members to send an urgent message to their State legislators.

Tell the NYS Assembly and the new Senate majority it's time to end the years of underfunding that have led to tuition hikes, staff shortages, crumbling facilities, shuttered libraries and tutoring centers, uncompetitive salaries and exploitation of adjuncts.

What good is affordability without quality? What good is it if students don’t have the resources they need to thrive? If most teaching is done by adjuncts earning a near-poverty wage?

Click here to send a letter.

Insulting! CUNY’s austerity budget

It wasn’t a shock in late December that Governor Andrew Cuomo once again vetoed a bipartisan-supported “maintenance of effort” bill for public higher education, a bill that would have included funds for CUNY and SUNY to cover the inflationary increases in operating costs at the four-year colleges, such as rent, utilities and contractual salary increases.

But for CUNY, the real pain came in early January, when the CUNY Board of Trustees made its official budget request to the city and state, one that the PSC said was based on the expectation of another tuition increase at the four-year colleges. While the request called for an increase in the funds for fringe benefit costs, it did not include a specific dollar-amount needed to fund the next contract and did not address increasing adjunct pay as a part of that contract. The message this sends to the union is that raises will have to come out of colleges’ existing budgets (especially true for senior colleges, which are funded by the state, unlike the two-year campuses, which are largely funded by the city). The implication is that campuses will have to make cuts before faculty and staff can get their raises.

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PSC Delivers State Budget Testimony

PSC To Legislators: Fully Fund CUNY, Fund Competitive Salaries and 7K for Adjuncts

PSC officers were in Albany Monday, January 28 to testify before a joint hearing of the State Senate and Assembly finance committees on the Executive Budget for higher education. PSC President Barbara Bowen, in her testimony, said, “Despite the claims that State funding for higher education has increased, real per-student spending at CUNY senior colleges has gone down...CUNY needs funding to support its current collective bargaining agreement without cannibalizing itself, and it needs funding to support wage justice and educational justice in the next contract.”

To the newly elected legislators, the new Senate majority members, and the long-time supporters of public higher education in the Legislature, Bowen urged: “Make funding for quality public higher education a top priority. Make class size, course availability, teaching conditions and learning conditions as much an issue of economic and racial justice as financial aid…Put your energy, your imaginations, your power behind CUNY’s ability to transform individual lives and lift communities out of poverty.”

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