October 12, 2010
PSC negotiates important agreement ending abuse of Substitute Titles
A settlement between the PSC and CUNY management will end abuse of the Substitute title and establish new rights for PSC members who serve in this position. The settlement is effective for substitute appointments made on or after the start of the Spring 2011semester. CUNY was hiring hundreds of people every year as substitute faculty and staff, even when there was no existing position to be substituted for -- a clear abuse of the title.
Many colleges have been in violation of the contract by employing instructional staff in substitute titles as utility temporary appointments instead of using a substitute appointment for an already existing position. In addition, colleges were not respecting time limits for filling vacant positions with a permanent hire. The union argued that this abuse violated the contract, was unfair to individual instructional staff members, and undermined the University’s stated goal of hiring more permanent full-time faculty and professional administrative staff.
The settlement agreement affirms that a substitute title can be used only where a position already exists or a position is being created and such position is clearly defined, and the agreement establishes new time limits both for the filling of a position with a substitute and for individuals serving in substitute titles. The agreement also establishes new rights and codifies existing policy for instructional staff members in substitute titles. Full text of the settlement is on the PSC website.
PSC Treasurer to Take Budget Questions
PSC Treasurer Mike Fabricant will be available to discuss the PSC’s proposed budget for 2010-2011 from 5 to 6pm on Thursday October 21. The meeting will take place in the Union Hall on the 16th Floor – all members are welcome. The Delegate Assembly will vote on the budget later that evening.
CLT Retreat Nov. 13
The College Laboratory Technicians (CLT) chapter will hold a retreat on Saturday, November 13 from 9:30am to 3pm. Issues to be discussed include lab safety, indoor air quality, workplace bullying, ways to address problems on your campus and upcoming contract negotiations. If you are a College Laboratory Technician, please join us, share your thoughts and get involved so CLTs can build the collective power we need to change our working lives for the better. The retreat will be held at the 16th floor Union Hall on 61 Broadway, south of Wall St. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Alisa Simmons at email@example.com or register online at www.psc-cuny.org.
Author Ellen Schrecker to Discuss ‘End of the American University’
Professor Ellen Schrecker will discuss her latest book, “The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom, and the End of the American University” on Wednesday, October 20 at 6pm at the PSC Union Hall. Schrecker, a professor of history at Yeshiva University, is also the author of “No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities” and an activist in the American Association of University Professors. For more information, email Steve Leberstein, chair, PSC Academic Freedom Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.