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Demands Progress in Contract Talks
State Stalls on
Budget, Giuliani Wants Cuts and Conditions
Victory at Hostos
for Full Time Dues
Letters to the
Results From 2001
Officers and Delegates
CUNY News Shorts
Numbers Tell the Tale
Taking Action on
Health and Safety at City College
Higher Ed News
Chapter on the Move for Full Reimbursement for Medical Part B
1300 Rally Outside
WBAI, Demand Listener Control
CUNY, The PSC and
the Prison- Industrial Complex
Opinion: Notes on
DC 37 Settles,
Impasse in City Talks with UFT
Ray Markey Talks
About the Librarians' Contract
Students Win Progress on Living Wage.
After winning a range of concessions, Harvard students
ended their 21-day occupation of Massachusetts Hall, which houses
the office of the university’s president. Forty-six students began the sit-in on April 18, demanding
that Harvard pay its support staff a minimum of $10.25 per hour
plus benefits. Student activists claim that as many as 2000 campus
workers are paid less than a living wage; Harvard claims that only
403 of the University’s “regular” workers make less than
$10.35 an hour. Student
protestors have particularly targeted Harvard’s recent moves to
outsource and subcontract support workers.
The deal that brought the sit-in to an end includes a
living-wage policy committee with representatives of students and
campus unions, a moratorium on outsourcing and possible back pay
for Harvard custodians. The
students hailed the moves as “important first steps towards a
time…when no worker at Harvard needs to worry about basic health
care or paying the rent.” Harvard’s endowment recently climbed
past $19 billion.
Reports Stagnating Faculty Salaries.
Releasing its annual report on faculty salaries on April
16, the American Association of University Professors reports that
nationwide average faculty salaries barely managed to keep pace
with inflation. Faculty
salaries increased 3.5% for 2000-2001; the rate of inflation for
the same period was 3.4%. These
broad numbers conceal, however, some more alarming trends.
Average salaries at private universities and colleges
continue to outpace those at public universities, and the gap is
faculty members still do not earn equal pay for equal work.
Salary gaps between elite and other institutions continue
to widen, as do gaps between disciplines within institutions.
Professors are paid about 25 to 30 percent less than other
professionals with similar levels of education.
Faculty Union Asks for Student Support.
In preparation for contract negotiations, the Cal State
University-Long Beach (CSULB) chapter of the California Faculty
Assocation has sent letters to all Long Beach student
organizations asking their support for a contract that allows
faculty to more effectively serve students.
The letter faults Cal State management on a variety of
issues: while student enrollment in the Cal State system has grown
by 35,000 students over the past five years, only one tenure-track
position has been added to the total faculty lines. The letter’s author, Hamdi Bilici, president of the CSULB
California Faculty Association, also expresses concerns over Cal
State’s increasing use of part-time faculty.
Bilici’s letter likewise underscores system-wide
administration bloat; the number of administrators has increased
at double the rate of enrollment growth.
Bilici closes his letter by raising the possibility of a
faculty walkout. “If
and when it comes to that,” he writes. “I hope you [the students] will walk out with us.”
Hurts: A team of
British researchers has concluded that privatization of the public
sector has direct, negative effects on health. The group collected data on 600 British civil service
employees for 18 months before and after privatization of their
privatization, insecure employment and unemployment rose in tandem
with rates of minor psychiatric morbidity and consultations with
primary physicians. In
a paper in the March 2001 issue of the British Medical Journal,
the researchers conclude that privatization adds to insurance