October 27, 2008

CUNY Board Gives Goldstein a $55,000 Raise – That’s 14%

On September 22, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved pay increases for vice chancellors and college presidents. Additionally Chancellor Matthew Goldstein received a $55,000 raise, a 14% increase that brings his yearly pay to $450,000. Goldstein also receives a housing allowance and other compensation, which add more than $100,000 to his base pay. Most vice chancellors got five-figure increases, for pay hikes of 5 to 6%, and all top executives now receive annual salaries of more than $200,000. More in this month’s Clarion.

Contract Provision of the Week: Doctoral Employee Health Insurance Information

One of the union’s most important victories in the recent contract was the agreement that CUNY doctoral employees would receive health insurance, a benefit the PSC has advocated for years. Doctoral employee health insurance was the subject of a side letter to the new contract.

As reported in this month’s Clarion, November is the “open enrollment” month for eligible doctoral student employees to enroll in the NY State Student Health Insurance Program scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2009. CUNY management has announced meetings about the new health plan for eligible doctoral employees on Wednesday at noon and 2 pm in the Elebash Recital Hall.

Doctoral students employed at CUNY as graduate assistants or teaching or non-teaching adjuncts who cannot attend the Graduate Center information sessions should contact Josette Johnson in the GC Human Resources Office for details. In particular, doctoral students employed at CUNY community colleges should contact Johnson directly to ensure coverage. Please note that doctoral students employed as adjuncts who are eligible for the doctoral employee health insurance coverage will no longer be eligible for insurance through the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund.

Previous Provisions of the Week

“This Week” has covered contract provisions since members ratified the contract in September. Previous provisions include: Pay Dates, 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.

Tell Lawmakers: More Revenues, Not More Cuts. Sign Your Postcard Today

There is an alternative to budget cuts to CUNY and elsewhere in this recession. The PSC, among other unions and Nobel Prize-winning economists, says the City and the State must look at additional revenue sources – not cuts – this year and next. Give a CUNY Rising postcard to your colleagues and your students, keep a few available in your office, or join in 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. 

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.

Retirees’ Meeting to Discuss Economy

The next Retirees’ meeting features retired Queens College professor Bill Tabb on "The Meltdown, The Economy and Its Implications for Retirees." The meeting is at 1 pm on Monday, November 3 in the PSC Union Hall, 61 Broadway, 16th floor. Non-retirees are welcome.

New York State would benefit from16 billion dollars more in revenue just this year if the tax breaks given to the richest New Yorkers since 1994 were repealed. The State starved itself of revenue and in turn starved CUNY. The way out of this crisis is to restore revenue, not cut services.” -- PSC President Barbara Bowen