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October 6, 2008

Dates Announced for Back Pay and New Salary Rates: November 6 and 14

The PSC has received word from CUNY management that retroactive pay and new salary rates will be reflected in paychecks for senior college employees on November 6, and for community college employees on November 14.  The union pressed CUNY to expedite the payments, and CUNY worked with the City and State to achieve a quicker turnaround than usual. "This Week" will provide further details as they become available; check with your college’s Human Resources Office if you have questions. 

New salary rates will reflect two increases: 3.15% applied to those on the payroll on September 20, 2007, and an additional 4% (compounded) applied today, October 6, 2008.  The total of the two increases is 7.28%.  You can see your new salary on the schedule by clicking here.

Contract Provisions of the Week
Previous Contract Provisions of the Week were: Salaries, Three Sick Days to Care for Family Health,and news about Paid Parental Leave news. Frequently asked questions and answers about the new contract are available on the PSC website.

PSC Budget Presentation on 10/23, Comments Sought

Every year the PSC Finance Committee, working under the guidance of the treasurer, develops a proposed budget for the union for the coming year.  PSC Treasurer Mike Fabricant will present the budget as adopted by the union’s Executive Council in an open meeting on Thursday, October 23 at 5:30 pm in the Union Hall on the 16th floor at 61 Broadway. All members are welcome and encouraged to come. The proposed budget then goes to the Delegate Assembly for approval. 

CUNY Social Forum in October

The CUNY Social Forum, an event that brings together progressive scholars and activists, will be held Oct. 17 to 19 at City College. Of particular concern are issues relating to CUNY's historic mission to serve the diverse working people of NYC and its status as an urban university dedicated to producing knowledge that contributes to the public good.

Several PSC members and committees are planning to participate; they urge others to join them. More information is available on the Social Forum website.

DA Passes Resolution in Solidarity with Striking Stella D’Oro Workers

As This Week reported last month, union workers are on strike at the Stella D’Oro factory in at 236th Street and Broadway in the Bronx. At their last meeting, the PSC Delegate Assembly voted to support Local 50 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers International. Unionized workers across the country are seeing their benefits erode; as this happens, the pressure to diminish the pensions, healthcare and other benefits for employees in the public sector grows.  Join the Stella D’Oro workers for their rally on Saturday, October 18. Call Lenny Dick of the PSC chapter at Bronx Community College at 917-282-1250 or e-mail him for more information on how you can help.

PSC office Closed Thursday for Yom Kippur and Monday for Columbus Day.

The next "This Week in the PSC" will be published on Tuesday, October 14.   Best wishes for the holidays.  

“Sometimes the smallest gains in a contract have the biggest impact on people’s daily lives.  Many members have told me how important the new provision for use of sick days for family care is to them.  Now if your child is ill and can’t go to school, you can stay home with her.  If your father needs company at his chemotherapy appointment, you can take the day to be with him.  Simply follow the existing procedures at your campus for use of other sick days. Adding this provision is a step toward creating a more humane workplace, one that recognizes that we are people as well as employees.”   -- PSC President Barbara Bowen