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SIGN THE PETITION!

    SHAME ON THE
    CUNY ADMINISTRATION!

    PAY ADJUNCTS FOR THE WHOLE SEMESTER OF WORK THAT THEY DO

    Five colleges have been short-changing adjuncts for years -- paying them less than 15 weeks or the 45 hours for the semester.  Rallies were held in all five boroughs from May 24-31. (Click here for photo gallery of rallies.)

    Read and sign (online) the petition below

    Dear President Waldron, President Williams, President Springer, President Peruggi, President Marti: 

    A profound injustice has come to our attention.  Baruch College, Bronx Community College, College of Staten Island, Kingsborough Community College, and Queensborough Community College are the five CUNY colleges that do not pay teaching adjuncts for the complete 15-week semester.   These administrations claim that adjuncts don’t “teach” for three hours but merely “proctor” a final exam for two hours, so they only deserve two hours of pay—not three for finals week.  Such a practice ignores the reality that adjuncts work during the 15th week and that teaching involves more than standing at the front of a classroom filled with students.   

    Not only do adjuncts often work more during the 15th week than the previous 14 weeks—meeting with students to discuss papers and exam preparation, plus grading exams and papers and final conferences, whether or not they give final exams—but also adjunct faculty must be available for consultation that week and to post grades on time.  Furthermore, the New York State Education Law specifies 15 hours of instruction to earn one course credit in a semester. 

    PSC grieved this injustice in 2006, and the case went to arbitration.  The arbitrator did not rule on whether an adjunct works during the 15th week and, instead, ruled that the five colleges had the right to continue short-changing part-time faculty simply because they had been doing so in the past. 

    The undersigned believe it is outrageous and unfair that adjuncts at these colleges are not paid their full 15 weeks’ wages as are their colleagues at most other CUNY colleges, and we urge you to rectify this injustice by changing your policy immediately. This “nickel and dime” approach is unworthy of a college and leads us to question whether your colleges are truly committed to academic excellence.

    Sign this petition by completing the form below
    You do not have to be a faculty, staff or student at one of then offending colleges to sign this petition.  This abuse affects all of us since CUNY's behavior is an insult to the working people it serves.

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