October 20, 2008

Contract Provision Updates: Adjunct Pay Dates, Doctoral Employee Health Insurance Meeting Dates

The PSC has learned that New York State informed CUNY last week that adjuncts at the senior colleges will be paid their retroactive pay in two different pay periods. On November 6, adjuncts at senior colleges will receive their retroactive salary from 9/20/07 and their 2007 rate increase salary increase of 3.15 percent. On November 20, adjuncts at the senior colleges will receive their retroactive pay increase from 10/6/08 and their 2008 rate increase of 4 percent.

CUNY does not expect any other changes to the announced dates for retroactive pay and increase for full-timers at the senior colleges and for all community college employees. Those dates are November 6 for the senior colleges and November 14 for community colleges.

Doctoral employee health insurance was the subject of a side letter hammered out with the contract settlement. CUNY management has announced a February 1 start date and meetings about the new health plan for eligible doctoral employees. The meetings will be held in the Elebash Recital Hall on the first floor tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21 at noon and 2:00 pm and next Wednesday, Wednesday, Oct. 29, also at noon and 2 pm.

Previous Provisions of the Week
“This Week” has covered contract provisions since members ratified the contract in September. Previous provisions include: Salaries, Three Sick Days to Care for Family Health,and news about Paid Parental Leave news and HEOs' 35-hour Work Week. Frequently asked questions and answers about the new contract are available on the PSC website.

Have You Signed a CUNY Rising Postcard?

Activists on every campus are collecting CUNY Rising postcards – telling Gov. Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Goldstein the CUNY community calls for higher investment of public funds, not higher tuition for students. Give postcards to your colleagues and your students, keep a few available in your office, or join in the discussion at the tabling on your campus. You can find out when your chapter is tabling by contacting your chapter chair (here’s a list ) or contact PSC Organizing Director Chris Aikin by email or at 212-354-1252 to get involved. 

PSC Budget Presentation on 10/23, Comments Sought

Every year the PSC Finance Committee, working under the guidance of the treasurer, develops a proposed budget for the union for the coming year. PSC Treasurer Mike Fabricant will present the budget as adopted by the union’s Executive Council in an open meeting this Thursday, October 23 at 5:30 pm in the Union Hall on the 16th floor at 61 Broadway. All members are welcome and encouraged to come. The proposed budget then goes to the Delegate Assembly for approval. 

HEO/CLT Professional Development Fund Reminder

Higher Education Officers (HEO-series employees) and College Lab Technicians can apply for a grant of up to $3,000 to support their professional development. Information on who is eligible to apply, and how to do so, is available on the PSC website. You must receive your approval before your activity takes place.

For consideration this month, applications for are due today, October 20. (The next due date is Tuesday, November 17.) In the new contract, the PSC also won money to renew the  Adjunct/CET Professional Development Fund. Information about applying for grants from that fund will be available from the union shortly, and will be announced in “This Week.”

Health and Safety Training on Ergonomics

The PSC Health and Safety Watchdogs and the HEO Chapter are sponsoring a workshop on repetitive strain problems that result from using computer work stations. NYCOSH's Dave Newman will talk about how you can protect your health on the job. The workshop is on November 5, 2008 from 6 to 8 pm at the PSC, 61 Broadway, 15th floor. Email your RSVP to the Watchdogs or call 212-354-1252 x208.

Union Square Commemoration
It’s the tenth anniversary of the designation of Union Square as a national historic landmark for its prominent role in US labor history. A program, Union Square, Then and Now, will be held Thursday, October 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the South Plaza near the statute of George Washington. Organizers note the occasion is an opportunity to stop and honor the lives and efforts of our predecessors.

PSC activists at Hostos Community College collected 5,000 signed postcards demanding no cuts to CUNY, and members at Medgar Evers College collected 1,000 in one day. How is your campus doing? Become part of the effort by contacting your chapter chair or PSC Organizing Director Chris Aikin to find out how you can help.” -- PSC President Barbara Bowen