May 3, 2010
Join CUNY Action Day at the City Council This Wednesday
The PSC will lobby against Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed cuts to CUNY community colleges at the PSC at the Council Lobby Day, this Wednesday, 5/5. The PSC is again partnering with NYPIRG after the successful March 9 Albany Higher Ed Lobby Day. To participate, PSC members and students should contact Amanda Magalhaes in the PSC office by email or at 212-354-1252.
Can’t get downtown? You can still sign the letter to Mayor Bloomberg asking him to rethink the cuts. Click here for the PSC City budget page.
Workload Survey Begins This Week
A telephone survey of PSC members will begin this week. The survey is designed to help the union leadership understand members’ workload and assess whether it has changed in recent years. A statistically valid random sample of members will be contacted.
PSC’s statewide affiliate, NYSUT, will conduct the survey through their member polling center. If you are called and you have “caller ID,” it will say “Benchmark Polling” – that’s NYSUT, not a telemarketer. The survey takes about 15 minutes. If you are called, please participate. Your answers will be very helpful to the PSC’s bargaining team in developing strategies for contract negotiations to address members’ concerns about workload.
Dedicated Sick Leave Program at CUNY Announced
The PSC is proud to announce that CUNY now has a Dedicated Sick Leave program allowing eligible participants to donate and receive sick days in cases of serious injury or illness. The program arises from a PSC contract demand and fulfills a commitment made in the current contract to negotiate a Dedicated Sick Leave program modeled on the City of New York’s program. Negotiations continue on allowing part-time employees to receive donated sick days, and to create a Sick Day Bank, on which individuals could also draw. The new program covers full-time instructional and classified staff at CUNY and, in a first, was jointly bargained by all the unions representing affected staff at CUNY. Full-time faculty and staff can donate and receive leave from their PSC colleagues, and also from department secretaries and custodial workers.
The program’s eligibility requirements are based on the City’s program, and are specified in the full text of the agreement, available soon on the PSC website. To receive dedicated sick leave, a full-time employee has to have been employed at least 2 years at CUNY and have an illness or injury requiring an absence of at least 30 continuous working days. Employees with fewer than 5 years of service may donate only annual leave. Employees with 5 years or more may also donate up to 10 sick leave days per year. Annual leave is credited to a recipient as a full day; sick leave is credited to a recipient as a half day.
Program details and the applications to donate and receive leave will be posted on the PSC website shortly. College HR Offices are responsible for implementing this benefit; contact your HR Office for more details.
Junior Faculty Development Day This Friday, 5/7
All new and untenured CUNY faculty are invited to join us for a daylong program dedicated to issues and challenges facing junior faculty. Session topics include achieving tenure and securing grants and publications; panels are assembled from experienced faculty, recently tenured faculty, department chairs, and PSC grievance counselors. Additional workshops focus on how collective organizing and action by faculty can improve access to research resources and ameliorate excessive workload and other workplace challenges. On Friday, 5/7, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the PSC, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor. Email Deirdre Brill to RSVP.
Most Part-Time and Full-Time Faculty Were Due Letters of Reappointment Saturday
Full-time teaching faculty in tenure-track titles, Instructors and Lecturers hired in February 2010 were due letters of reappointment by Saturday, 5/1. Lecturers in their second year of service were due letters by Thursday, 4/1. HEOs in the first or second year of service were due letters by Thursday, 4/1. Adjuncts hired on a semester basis are due letters by Saturday, 5/1 and adjuncts hired on a yearly basis are due letters by Saturday, 5/15.
If you are a PSC member at an Institute or Center, your letter is due by Saturday, 5/1. All other members in their first year are due letters by 6/1, and in their second year were due letters by 4/1.
If you have not received a letter, or if you receive a letter of non-reappointment, immediately call a grievance counselor in the PSC office, 212-354-1252.
PSC Green Team Hosts Kenneth Gould on 5/19
On Wednesday, 5/19, the Green Team, a project of the PSC’s Environmental Health and Safety Watchdogs committee, will host speaker Kenneth Gould, chair of the Sociology department at Brooklyn College. Gould will discuss how unions can play a role in the movements for sustainability and environmental justice. At 5:30 in the PSC Union Hall, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor.
PSC Contingent Proud Part of Big May Day Rally
On Saturday, more than 100 PSC members and CUNY students joined nearly 10,000 people to march for labor rights, immigrant rights, and jobs for all. PSC President Barbara Bowen addressed the rally. The PSC was an integral part of making the protest happen – the first such union commemoration of International Workers’ Day in New York in a generation. See pictures here.
Call Your Lawmaker Today to Tell Them to Reject Charter School Cap
NYSUT is asking members to call their Albany lawmakers and urge them to reject the proposal to increase the cap on charter schools. The number is 1-877-255-9417 and the bill numbers are S.7678 and A.10928. When prompted, press 2 from your touch tone phone to be connected to the NYS operator. Ask the operator to connect you to your Legislator’s office. Once connected, tell your Senator and Assemblyperson to reject this legislation, which would increase the number of charter schools from 200 to 460 without providing meaningful reform of charter school operations including accountability, equity and fairness. In addition, it does not provide necessary protections against the abuse of power, fraud, misuse of public funds, or protection of parent and student rights.