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September 8, 2009

Chronicle of Higher Education Features PSCer on Workload Creep
The Chronicle of Higher Education covered “shadow workload” in a Q & A with BCC Assistant Professor and PSC University-Wide Officer Nikki McDaniel. Read it here.

Remind New Colleagues: 30 Days to Decide on Pension Plan
Remind your new colleagues! New full-time hires must make a permanent choice about which pension system they prefer to participate in within 30 days of their start date.   If you are a full-time employee and do not select a pension system, you will be automatically enrolled in the NYC Teachers Retirement System.  The PSC website includes a very useful chart comparing the pension plans, and information about the options is available at college human resources offices and from PSC Director of Pension and Welfare Benefits Clarissa Gilbert Weiss. Call her at the PSC office, (212) 354-1252.

Part-time colleagues (including CLIP teachers) should sign up for TRS.

Forward this e-mail to all your new colleagues as a reminder to sign and send in their union membership cards and sign up to receive This Week in the PSC!

Walk Proudly with the PSC at This Year’s Labor Day March
There is still time to join this year’s Labor Day March, to be held on Saturday, 9/12.  “Make this the year you participate,” said PSC President Barbara Bowen.  “The PSC was instrumental in making this year’s event more explicitly political than in the past, and it would be great to have a strong showing of faculty, staff and their families.”

In this year of economic meltdown and harsh budget cutbacks, the New York City Central Labor Council has transformed its usual parade into a more militant march—for health care reform and the right to organize on Saturday, 9/12.
The PSC contingent will gather on 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues at 11:30 am. We’ll have water, snacks and something for kids. 

More than one million New Yorkers belong to CLC-affiliated labor unions, community groups and other worker organizations. Join them and your PSC sisters and brothers and march for health care reform and workers’ right to organize. Let Rob Murray, PSC organizing director, know you’re coming (and how many friends you plan to bring) by email or phone, 212-354-1252.

Primary Day is Tuesday, 9/15
The PSC has made its endorsements for the New York primary elections (Tuesday, 9/15) and posted them on the PSC political action committee’s new website.  There you’ll find a full list of candidates for each office, the completed questionnaires that candidates submitted to the PSC, and the full list of PSC endorsements. The endorsements of the New York City Central Labor Council and the Working Families Party are also listed.

PSC endorsements are based on the candidates’ records. The union examines their positions on policies affecting CUNY funding, our students’ education, the working conditions of the PSC membership and general public policies (such as tax policy), as well as the strength of the candidate’s campaign.  

Adjunct Pay Dates and Rates
This semester, CUNY is paying adjuncts a “blended rate,” which incorporates the union-negotiated raises that take effect October 20. The “blended rate” averages the old wage and the new one. Part-time faculty at most community colleges should have been paid Friday, 9/4, and adjuncts at senior colleges can expect their first checks this Thursday, 9/10. (Part-time faculty at LaGuardia and Kingsborough Community Colleges are slated to be paid first on Friday, 10/2.)

Also, adjuncts who are not being paid at the correct rate have 30 days to correct it. (If you discover the error later, you can still get it fixed – but you may not be able to collect full back pay.) If you suspect your check is wrong, call the PSC office at (212) 354-1252 and ask to speak to an adjunct grievance counselor.

Full- and part-time members can read Ellen Balleisen’s very helpful piece in the new Clarion on how to read your pay stub.

Cornell Global Labor Institute Hosts a Major Gathering of Labor and Environmental Movements
The Cornell Global Labor Institute is hosting a major gathering on international labor and environmental activists called Jobs, Justice, Climate: A Rally of Labor and Environmental Movements. It’s on Monday, 9/21 from 6 to 8 pm, on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly High Level Event on Climate Change, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.