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September 14, 2009

RF-CUNY Workers Walk Out for Fair Contract
Frustrated by months of deadlocked contract talks, workers at the CUNY Research Foundation (RF-CUNY) Central Office held a one-hour walkout this morning.

CUNY-RF Central Office Chapter Chair Anthony Dixon said that more than 90% of his 84 colleagues participated in the walk out. He said that the demonstration sent “a strong message to management. We are fighting together for the respect and recognition we deserve.” Workers pledged to do whatever it takes to win a fair contract.

Read more and see pictures here on the PSC website.

Primary Day is Tomorrow, 9/15
The PSC has added two new endorsements, John Liu for Comptroller and Fernando Cabrera for City Council in District 14 in the Bronx,  in time for the New York primary elections on Tuesday, 9/15. They’re all posted 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.

A 100-Strong Contingent of PSC Members March for Labor Day
Faculty and staff from almost every corner of the University joined the PSC contingent at this year’s Labor Day March last Saturday.  They joined thousands of other union workers for a traditional demonstration of organized labor’s strength—and to deliver an urgent political message: health care reform and organizing rights for working people cannot wait!  PSC members added the chant, “Education is a right!” and marched up Fifth Avenue in solidarity.  PSC members also joined the vigorous group of workers and supporters marching with the workers from the Stella D’oro plant in the Bronx, demanding that their jobs be kept in New York.   

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. Sign up here – it’s free.

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 for a uniform rate throughout the semester that incorporates the salary increase. Part-time faculty at most community colleges should have been paid Friday, 9/4, and adjuncts at senior colleges should have been paid last 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 notify CUNY of the need to correct the error. (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 article in the new Clarion on how to read your pay stub.