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July 14, 2008

Campus Meetings on Contract Continue

The first four in a series of meetings to discuss the proposed contract took place last week. Over 200 members turned out for meetings at Hostos, John Jay, LaGuardia and Brooklyn. Each meeting included an overview of the agreement, reached on June 20 and recommended for ratification by the Delegate Assembly, time for questions and much discussion. Bargaining team members were at all the meetings.

Meetings will continue this week and throughout the summer. Continue checking the PSC website for updated information and additional scheduled campus meetings.

Currently scheduled meetings are:

  • NYCCT, Thurs, July 17, 12:30-2pm, Atrium, room 632

  • Lehman, Mon, July 21, 12-2pm, APEX, conf room 251

  • QCC, Tues, July 22, 1-2pm, Student Union Lounge

  • York, Tues, July 22, 12-2pm, room 4MO5

  • BMCC, Wed, July 23, 2pm, Location TBA

  • Grad Center, Tues, July 29, 12pm, Skylight Rm 9102

Ratification Process Goes High-Tech

The ratification process for the new contract includes for the first time the option to vote online or by phone in addition to the traditional mail ballot option. Ballots and voting instructions will be mailed to all members’ home addresses on July 29. Mail ballots will be due by 5pm on September 2, and online and phone voting must be done by that deadline as well. The online and phone options, along with the extended voting period, were added to ensure that all members could vote; for instance, even if you are returning from annual leave the day before classes start, your ballot will be waiting with your mail and the additional voting options mean you won’t have to factor in time for the post office to deliver your ballot. As in past contract ratifications, the entire process is being supervised by the American Arbitration Association, including the vote count. Within the mailing that contains the ballot, there will also be the official memorandum of agreement on the contract terms and a summary overview written by the PSC. In addition, a special issue of Clarion, to be mailed July 22, will also provide a contract summary, a section on “frequently asked questions”, and interviews and opinions on the proposed agreement. The website will also feature all of this information.

As required by the PSC Constitution, to vote on the contract you must be a member in good standing as of March 29, 2008.