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Salary Increases for Many Members Take Effect This Week

One Day Lobbying Blitz Huge Success

Budget Blitz Begins Next Week

Rally to Defend Education A Success

Contract Education Workshops Begin in April

PSC Testifies Against Bloomberg's Cuts

General Meetings About Bargaining the New Contract Underway

Many Members Due Letters of Reappointment Soon

2010 PSC Chapter Elections Notice


To let us know what’s going on in your chapter, click here to send an e-mail to PSC Communications Coordinator Dania Rajendra.

CALENDAR

• 3/17 Legislative Committee Meeting
• 3/17 Hostos Chapter Meeting of Adjuncts
• 3/18 Chapter Meeting, Bronx CC
• 3/18 Chapter Meeting, Hunter College
• 3/18 Delegate Assembly
• 3/19 Labor Goes to the Movies shows From the Other Side
• 3/23 Election Committee Meeting
• 3/23 Peace and Justice Committee Meeting
• 3/24 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Queens College
• 3/24 Chapter Meeting, LaGuardia CC
• 3/24 Chapter Meeting, Medgar Evers College
• 4/6 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Graduate Center
• 4/8 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Baruch College
• 4/13 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, CCNY
• 4/15 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Bronx CC
• 4/20 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, LaGuardia CC
• 4/21 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, BMCC
• 4/22 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Hunter College

March 16, 2010

Corrected: Salary Adjustments for Full-time Lecturers and EOC Lecturers, CLIP Faculty and College Laboratory Technicians and Assistants to HEOs with Advanced Degrees
As part of the current contract, the union won a series of increases for certain categories of  faculty and staff to achieve greater equity for our members —all effective on Friday, 3/19.  For Full-time Lecturers and EOC Lecturers: each step in the Lecturer salary schedule will increase by $1,000, effective 3/19.  CUNY has informed us that for Lecturers and EOC Lecturers at the community colleges, the increase will be reflected in the 3/19 paycheck; for those at the senior colleges it will be reflected in the paycheck on 3/25.  The first paycheck at the new, higher rate will reflect the increase only for the days beginning 3/19.     

Faculty in the College Language Immersion Program will also receive restructured pay rates, effective 3/19.  The details of this complex change are still being finalized, but the increases will be retroactive to 3/19.

And in a first for College Laboratory Technicians and Assistants to HEO, CUNY will recognize the professionalism and level of education of our members in these titles by adding salary differentials of $1,000 for a Master’s degree and $2,500 for a Ph.D. in a field relevant to one’s job duties. The differential will be retroactive to 3/19. 

150+ CUNY Students and PSC Members Travel  to Albany Last Week; PSC returns today, tomorrow
More than 150 CUNY students, faculty and staff joined counterparts from SUNY and met individually with 110  Albany lawmakers last week, demanding a rational investment in CUNY and New York’s future.
The PSC and NYPIRG (New York State Public Interested Research Group) teamed up to amplify our rational investment message in Albany on Tuesday, 3/9. The lobbying day was also co-sponsored by the UUP, CUNY University Student Senate and 6 campus student government associations.
Here is a photo essay and here is coverage from the Albany Legislative Gazette.

The PSC and NYSUT are lobbying tomorrow, 3/17 in Albany. See our budget brochure on the PSC website as well as NYSUT’s TV ad against cuts to public higher education.

Budget Blitz On Campus, On Air, Online
Can’t make it to Albany? Add your opposition to the cuts during our postcard tabling on Monday, 3/22 and Tuesday, 3/23. Students, faculty, staff and supportive New Yorkers can all sign our new letter against the cuts. The PSC is reaching out to all New Yorkers to sign on, with advertisements on TV, on Facebook, on Google, and in newspapers next week. The budget page on the PSC website features regular news, information, and ways to get involved to fight for CUNY.

Don’t forget to stop by the table on your campus to sign your postcards – and grab a stack of flyers about calling and emailing Albany for your friends and family to make their voices heard.

Rally in Defense of Education Last Week a Big Success
More than 600 people rallied outside Gov. Paterson’s office on Tuesday, 3/4 in defense  of public education – including CUNY. PSC President Barbara Bowen was among the speakers, as was NY City Council member Charles Barron as well as CUNY and high school students. Simultaneously, CUNY faculty, staff and students held a walk-out at Hunter College, a teach-in at Brooklyn College and rallies at Queens College and the Graduate Center, among others. The New York demonstrations, organized primarily by CUNY graduate students, were part of a national Day of Action spurred by the organizing in California against cuts to the systems there. More here .

Contract Education Begins Monday, 4/12
The union will be offering informational workshops and training for union officers, grievance counselors and activists. Workshops take place Mondays, 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the PSC Union Hall, 61 Broadway, 16th floor. Registration may be limited to 35 attendees, so register early by contacting Albert Muñoz by email or by phone, 212-354-1252.
Basic Contract Orientation:  Mondays, April 12, 19 and 26; Grievance Counselor Training:  Mondays, May 3, 10, 17 and 24

PSC Testifies Against Bloomberg’s Cuts to CUNY
On Friday, 3/5, PSC leaders and CUNY students testified against Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed cuts of $24.9 million to CUNY’s community college budget at a hearing of the City Council Higher Education Committee. PSC President Barbara Bowen, First Vice President Steve London, PSC Secretary Arthurine DeSola, BMCC Chapter Chair Rebecca Hill, and PSC Delegates Ron Hayduk (BMCC), Joel Kuszai (QCC), and Sharon Persinger (BCC) also spoke against the cuts.
A week earlier at the City Council, , CUNY administration and PSC President Barbara Bowen with other PSC leaders briefed the City Council on diversity among instructional staff at CUNY at a hearing of the Higher Education Committee, now headed by former City College student activist Ydanis Rodriguez. The hearing came out of a story in the September Clarion and generated coverage in the The Chief (login required) and Daily News.

General Meetings about Bargaining the Next Contract Underway
PSC President Barbara Bowen and other officers will visit every campus this semester to begin a union-wide conversation about bargaining the next contract with CUNY. The current contract expires in October of this year. Come to the meeting on your campus to discuss your priorities for the next contract and how we can generate the power we need. Contact your chapter chair or PSC Organizing Director Rob Murray for more information, and check the PSC website’s calendar to see when your campus meeting is posted. HEOs and CLTs are invited to the general meetings on their campuses as well as their cross-campus chapter meetings. 

Upcoming Reappointment Dates
Full-time teaching faculty hired in September 2009 are due letters of reappointment on Thursday, 4/1. Full-time teaching faculty in tenure-track titles, Instructors and Lecturers hired in February 2010 are due letters of reappointment on Saturday, 5/1. Lecturers in their second year of service are due letters by Thursday, 4/1. HEOs in the first or second year of service are due letters by Thursday, 4/1. Adjuncts hired on a semester basis are due letters by Saturday, 5/1 and adjuncts hired on a yearly basis are due letters on Saturday, 5/15.
If you are a PSC member at an Institute or Center, you are due your letter on Saturday, 5/1. All other members in their first year are due letters on 6/1, and in their second year are due letters on 4/1.

If you do not receive a letter, or if you receive a letter of non-reappointment, immediately call a grievance counselor in the PSC office, 212-354-1252.

2010 PSC Chapter Elections Notice
This spring half of the PSC’s chapters will be electing officers, delegates and alternates to the PSC Delegate Assembly, as well as members of the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. Ballots will be mailed to members’ home addresses on April 5, 2010 and must be received by 5:00 pm on April 29, 2010. For more information, click here.