April 2, 2007
Campaign Moves from State to City
reached a budget agreement in Albany late last week and passed a
budget yesterday, April 1. The higher education portion of the final
budget reflects six years of aggressive campaigning by the PSC to
shift the budget from annual decreases to at least modest increases.
It funds mandatory costs and some increases for CUNY, but falls
short of the investment in CUNY the union advocated to reverse the
effects of years of austerity. We will report on details as they
Thank you to
the hundreds of PSC members who lobbied, testified, and sent letters
as part of this year’s State budget campaign.
shifts now to the City budget. Last week, thousands of students,
faculty and staff signed postcards to the City Council calling for
increased funding as part of the PSC’s annual CUNY Week. Events were
held on a dozen campuses, including visits from City Council Members
and aides, educational outreach and more. Union activists will
continue to gather postcards, which will be delivered to the City
Council on May 2 when PSC members are at City Hall to lobby. Contact
Sabrine Hammad at the union office at 212-354-1252 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to lobby or to get more postcards
for your campus.
bargaining team began its fourth session of contract talks with CUNY
management today at noon. At this meeting, expected to last most of
the day, union negotiators will continue the presentation of salary
and healthcare demands. For the latest on bargaining, a full list of
the union’s demands and more,
visit the PSC
website’s contract page. If you would like to observe a future
negotiation session, please send an e-mail to Chesire Frager at the
union office at
Professional Development Fund for Adjuncts
On Friday, the
PSC mailed information and applications for Adjunct Professional
Development Grants to all adjuncts. The grants, through the PSC/CUNY
Professional Development Fund, were an initiative won in the last
contract—the first time in CUNY’s history that such funding has been
offered to adjuncts. Grants of up to $3,000 are available for
research, courses, conferences and other activities to eligible
adjuncts (adjunct faculty teaching six or more hours in the semester
and continuing education teachers teaching a minimum of 20 hours per
week). Watch for the application and full guidelines in the mail, or
download them from the PSC website.
Sign up for
Contract Enforcement Workshops by this Thursday
The union is
offering two sets of workshops on contract enforcement. One is a
basic contract orientation with an overview of contractual rights
and benefits (April 26, May 3 and 10) and the other will provide
training in grievance handling, arbitral precedents and relevant
laws to those actively involved in contract enforcement (April 11,
18 and 25, May 2, 9, 16 and 23). Register for both workshops by
April 6 (this Thursday) by calling Cynthia Campos at the union
office, 212-354-1252, or e-mailing her at
Click here for more information.
Chapter election ballots mailed today
chapter leadership are being held this month for about half of the
PSC’s chapters. Chapter executive committees and representatives to
the Delegate Assembly, the PSC’s governing body, will be chosen by
direct election by the membership of each chapter in a mail ballot.
Ballots are being mailed today, and are due back by April 26.
Ballots in contested elections will be counted by the American
Arbitration Association; ballots in uncontested elections will be
tallied by the PSC Elections Committee. Check the
election page for a list of chapters holding elections and a
copy of election rules. If you do not receive your ballot by April
9, please contact Barbara Gabriel at the PSC office at 212-354-1252.
Join the My Five Network!
The idea is
simple: If we want a good contract, we need to organize, and one of
the first steps in getting organized is talking to each other and
having a way to communicate critical bargaining news to every PSC
member. The My Fivers help make that happen by each keeping in
contact with five colleagues.
Sign up today on
the website, or talk to your chapter chair.
just come back from speaking in Oregon at the national launch of the
Faculty and College Excellence Act (FACE), legislation designed to
address the staffing crisis in higher education. With bills already
introduced in 10 states—and soon to be introduced in New York—it’s
clear that the loss of full-time faculty and exploitation of
part-time faculty are a national problem that must be addressed
nationally. The PSC is playing a major leadership role to turn the
legislative campaign into a movement with the ability to reclaim the
~Barbara Bowen, President