article on p. 4 of the April 2000 issue concerning part-timers’
union dues was puzzling and possibly misleading. For many adjuncts
CUNY is a primary source of income. An adjunct is permitted by
contract to teach up to 9 contact hours at one campus and 6 more
at another, as well as additional hours in continuing education
programs. Many adjuncts I know earn 18 to 24 thousand dollars a
year. While this is still within the poverty level in N.Y.C.,
these adjuncts will now pay $180 to $240 per year in dues. May I
ask how much full-timers pay? I am very interested in hearing more
about the decision to “explore the possibility of restructuring
full timer dues on a similar basis.”
change will be income neutral for the PSC.” What does that mean?
Only 10% of the adjuncts are now dues-paying union members. When
the 90% who are not now members begin paying dues or agency fees,
how can that be income neutral? I would like to know how the PSC
plans to spend this windfall and I urge other adjuncts, union
members or not, to follow the money and see how it is spent.
LaGuardia Community College
Hyland, PSC Treasurer, responds:
apologize for any confusion. Under the flat rate dues structure,
annual dues for full-time members are $698.10. Annual dues for
part-time members are $139.32. Annual dues for retirees are
full-time dues the PSC pays $336.20 per person to New York State
United Teachers (statewide organization of education and some
nurses’ unions) and to the American Federation of Teachers
(national organization of education and related unions). From the
part-time dues the PSC pays $84.05 per person to NYSUT and AFT. We
also pay smaller affiliate dues to the American Association of
University Professors and the Municipal Labor Committee. We
receive a reimbursement from NYSUT of approximately one-third of
our contribution for some services that we carry out for
Executive Council and the Delegate Assembly of the PSC have
restructured part-time dues to 1% and are examining a proposal to
change full-time dues from the above fixed amount to a percentage
rate of 1.05%.
an analysis of state and city data sources, we do not expect a
windfall. For example, for part-timers earning $8,405.00 a year,
dues or fees will be $84.05 per year, just covering our payments
to NYSUT/AFT, leaving no dues for the PSC. For those earning more
than $8,405.00, the PSC will receive the differences as dues. For
those earning less than $8,405.00, the PSC will be in a deficit
position. We have begun discussions with NYSUT to address this
dilemma. For a more detailed look at the math that led us to
expect an approximately revenue neutral outcome, please come to
one of the public hearings (May 16 and May 24; see above). In
addition, as part-timers join the union, service costs will
increase, for example printing and postage, and perhaps staff.
leadership has had three main goals in this process of
implementing agency fees for part-timers and revising the dues
structure: 1) bring the part-timers into the union for better
service and a stronger union; 2) address equity issues raised by
members (currently a full-timer earning $32,000.00 a year pays the
same $698.00 as a full-timer earning $86,000.00, or 2% of earnings
compared to 8/10 of 1%); 3) accomplish goals one and two while
maintaining the union in sound financial shape.
always good to follow the money. The best way to do that is as an
active member of the union.
I am an
employee of CUNY and am currently in the TIAA/CREF retirement
system. The issue on the table regarding after- retirement
benefits for the next contract negotiation is very important to me
and to everyone else in TIAA/CREF.
Many of us
currently in this system have years of previous service as College
Assistants, years we are not allowed to buy back. This is
demoralizing and certainly must affect the loyalty of many CUNY
employees who would like to consider retirement, to know that the
prior years committed to CUNY mean nothing, and they must remain
until they have 15 years on one line as assistants to HEOs.
like to see the years of service now required to receive those
health benefits for those in the TIAA/CREF system changed from 15
years, as they are now, to 10 years as they are with ALL OTHER
city retirement systems, or, at least give us the option of buying
back years we have already worked as college assistants.
in this day and age, with medical costs so very high, it would be
impossible for me and many other city employees to retire without
Comptroller’s office has falsely reported as 2000 income TRS
pension distributions paid in January 2001. Distributions are
payable on the last day of the month; whenever that day falls on a
weekend or a holiday, payment is made on the first business day of
the following month. According to IRS tax code §1.451-2, income
is taxable in the year funds are constructively
received—whenever the funds are first available to the
recipient. December 31, 2000 fell on Sunday; the next day was a
holiday; retirees, therefore, did not have constructive receipt
1099R forms would have benefited retirees. First, tax on January
2001 distributions is not due until April 2002. Second, a correct
report could put a taxpayer into a lower tax bracket. Third, it
would lower the disallowance for medical and miscellaneous
expenses. Finally, if tax rates are cut this year these benefits
would apply to the January 2001 payment. Late payment will recur
three times in 2001.
Comptroller Alan Hevesi to issue corrected 1099R forms; his office
refused. We also asked that the policy be changed to make pension
distributions payable on the last business day of the month, a
request endorsed by the Retirees Chapter.
remain in the TRS account and continue to earn interest until the
moment they are actually paid. This interest rightly belongs to
retirees, not to the City. These practices of TRS and the
Comptroller’s Office are a disservice to CUNY retirees.
City College and the Graduate School (emeritus)
Bulletin (April 2001) was very informative. I particularly
appreciated the article about the reading tests; it provided
context, history, and analysis. I will save this for future
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