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September 15, 2008

FAQs about the new contract

When will I get my raise? My retroactive pay? When can I take family leave? I’m a doctoral employee, when can I start my health insurance? What about parental leave?

Answers to these and more questions are up on the PSC website. Don’t see yours? Email your question into Dania Rajendra and we’ll try to get it answered.

Contract provision of the week: Salaries

Now that the contract has been ratified, several new provisions can begin. We hope to feature one new provision each week, and this week we begin with salaries.  The new salary schedules are now available; click here to view them.

How would you spend $50.6 million?

The new issue of Clarion invites you to send an e-mail message to Chancellor Goldstein about how you would have spent the $50.6 million that was cut from the State budget for CUNY this summer.  In her column in Clarion this month, President Barbara Bowen explains that the Legislature voted for the massive budget cut only after Chancellor Goldstein took the position that the impact of the cut could be minimized.  Her column lists some of the ways CUNY could have spent $50 million.  Do you have a list of your own? Click on the "Act Now" icon on the PSC website to send Chancellor Goldstein yours.

Election Season Activism

The PSC is doing its part to elect Sen. Barack Obama the next president of the United States through member-to-member activism. Since New York is considered a "safe state" for Sen. Obama, New York City unions are concentrating our efforts on mobilizing the union vote in Pennsylvania and other "swing" states.  PSC members have many opportunities to get involved, from calling union members in Pennsylvania on the phone to visiting them at their doors. To volunteer, contact Amanda DeJesus Magalhaes at the PSC office by email or phone, 212-354-1252.

Grievance Counselors Wanted

The PSC needs more members willing to help faculty and staff stand up for their rights through enforcement of the contract.  Being a grievance counselor is demanding work, but many members have found it deeply rewarding.  Consider signing up for training if you are interested in defending people’s rights and ensuring workplace justice. This semester, you can take the first steps by attending PSC Director of Contract Administration Debra Bergen’s grievance counselor training beginning in October. Grievance counselors represent members in formal grievances and assist in resolving workplace issues directly with the college administration. In addition, they participate in campus based contract enforcement committees. For more information, or to sign up, contact Bill Mulholland via email or call 212-354-1252.

“We have some superb grievance counselors from the ranks of the professional staff and the part-time faculty, but there is a real need for more faculty – especially more full-time faculty,” Bergen told This Week. Learn the contract, help your colleagues stand up for their rights – sign up today.

CUNY Social Forum in October
The CUNY Social Forum, an event that brings together progressive scholars and activists, will be held Oct. 17 to 19 at City College. Of particular concern are issues relating to CUNY's historic mission to serve the diverse working people of NYC and its status as an urban university dedicated to producing knowledge that contributes to the public good.

Several PSC members and committees are planning to participate; they urge others to join them. The deadline for proposals is Sept. 17th.  More information is available on their website.