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April 28, 2008

Reminder: Workshop on Unemployment Insurance for Adjuncts this Friday. Details below.

Today at 4, Tell the Trustees: CUNY Needs a Raise!  

Today at 4pm PSC members will be bringing the crisis of uncompetitive salaries directly to the CUNY Board of Trustees to make sure they understand the urgency of our situation. If PSC members had received the same percentage salary increases as Chancellor Goldstein has since 2003 (58%) how much closer would we be today to recovering our lost earning power? We’ll be giving trustees a math quiz with this and other word problems to help bring home the point. We will meet outside the Baruch Vertical Campus, NE corner of 24th Street and Lexington Avenue, at 4pm.

Visit the negotiations section of the website for news, resources and more for the contract campaign. Watch the TV commercial now airing on morning news shows, NY1 and CNN.  

Final Week to Gather “CUNY Rising” Postcards to Stop City Budget Cuts

PSC members have gathered tens of thousands of signatures on the “CUNY Rising” postcards asking the City Council to restore the drastic budget cuts to CUNY that Mayor Bloomberg proposed in his Preliminary Budget. We need to get all the postcards back at the PSC office this Friday, May 2, in order to sort and count them before we deliver them to the City Council at our CUNY at the Council event May 7 (1pm on the steps of City Hall – join us!). This is the week to go all-out and get those last signatures: talk to your students, your colleagues, your friends, your neighbors. We all lose if CUNY loses the funds it needs.

The PSC is also organizing lobbying visits to key City Council Members. In addition, the union is asking every member to send a letter to the Mayor and to the Council Speaker asking for budget restorations; go to the PSC website to send a letter now. To get postcards to distribute, to sign up to lobby or for more information, contact your chapter chair or Cecelia McCall. The website has more information and a flyer you can use to hand out with the postcards and more.

Two Things to Do to Support Contract Priorities for Part-Timers

1. Adjuncts: Tell us your story!

Job security for long-serving adjuncts is one of the PSC’s key contract demands.  We have proposed a Certificate of Continuous Employment for adjuncts who have received multiple reappointments and successful evaluations.  So far, CUNY management has shown no interest.   

Adjuncts know the toll that job insecurity and lack of health insurance takes a toll on their lives.  They also know the toll that adjunct job insecurity takes on student retention and on the quality of their education.  We want to make sure the Chancellor knows as well.  We need to make the connection between job security, access to faculty, academic excellence and student retention.

To do that, we need to hear your stories: Are there students to whom you wanted to offer a specific form of support—letters of recommendation, guidance for future study, etc.—but couldn’t because of uncertainty about where you would be next semester?  Have you had to say you didn’t know or weren’t sure when students asked if you were going to teach in the same department next semester?  Have you had to prepare a course at the last minute due to various changes?  Have you had to delay or abandon your own scholarship because you didn’t know where or if you’d be teaching? Email your stories to the union.

2. Everyone: Sign the petition in support of adjunct contract demands

During Contract Week, several chapters began circulating a petition to gather support from all PSC members for the needs of adjuncts in this round of bargaining. Now the union is taking the petition University-wide. Click here to add your name to support the demands for job security and healthcare coverage under the City’s health plan.

Reappointment & Non-reappointment Letters in May

Part-time faculty must receive a letter of reappointment or non-reappointment on or before May 1 for the fall semester (this Thursday). Adjuncts who have taught in the same department for six consecutive semesters during the preceding three years (not including summer sessions) must receive notice by May 15 for both the fall ‘08 and spring  ‘09 semesters. Full-time junior faculty in their first year whose date of hire was 2/01/08 should receive notice on or before May 1 as well as all members employed in Institutes and Centers. Members in HEO series titles whose date of hire was 10/1/07 should receive notice of reappointment/non-reappointment no later than May 1.  For more information, visit the grievance section on the website.

Workshop this Friday for Adjuncts about Unemployment Insurance

This Friday, May 2, from 3:30 to 5:30pm at the PSC union hall (61 Broadway in Manhattan, 16th floor) the union is sponsoring a special workshop for part-time faculty on applying for unemployment insurance. Experts from the Workers Defense League will discuss the ins and outs of the system and how adjuncts who are seasonally unemployed may be eligible for this protection. If you are interested in coming, please RSVP to Rose Pignataro. Click here for a flyer you can pass on to other members.