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PSC Makes Salary Proposal
A message from President Barbara Bowen
May 20, 2015
At the contract negotiating session last week, the union presented an economic proposal for annual salary increases. The PSC bargaining team made the proposal in order to demonstrate to the CUNY administration—and to New York City and State—that we urgently need salary increases and that we are prepared to reach a reasonable settlement. The biggest battle for our contract remains the political battle, for funding to support increases, but the union bargaining team felt the moment was right to put a number to our demand.
The PSC proposed the following increases, compounded each year after the first: a 4 percent increase, retroactive to 2010; an additional 3 percent increase, retroactive to 2011; an additional 2 percent increase, retroactive to 2012; another 2 percent increase, retroactive to 2013; another 2 percent increase, retroactive to 2014; a 2.5 percent increase in 2015; and a 3 percent increase in 2016. The total proposed increase would be 18.5 percent, about 20 percent with compounding.
I want to emphasize that the salary increases above are the union’s proposal—they do not represent agreement by management, nor do they signal a commitment of public funding.
Mayor de Blasio Proposes Increased Funding for CUNY
CUNY’s analysis of the City Executive Budget released by Mayor de Blasio is available here. The Mayor proposes a $14.8 million increase in City funding for CUNY community colleges. That new investment would expand the Accelerated Studies in Associate Programs (ASAP) initiative with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related fields and provide enhanced math instruction in CUNY Start, a summer program for first-year students with remedial needs. It would also fund free MetroCards for Guttman Community College students, expand CUNY’s Fatherhood Academy and cover costs increases related to CUNY’s current pension and fringe benefit programs. The Executive Budget also proposes increases for CUNY Prep, the Paycheck Plus/Food Bank, the Academic Preparation Program for Law Enforcement Corps, and other programs.The proposed budget plan would, however, count on the City Council to continue funding for the City Council Merit Scholarship, CUNY LEADS, the Murphy Center for Worker Education and other CUNY centers and initiatives.
Help Win a Fair Contract: Sign up for NYC-Based Lobby Visits
There is still time in this legislative session for the State Legislature to fund a PSC-CUNY contract with retroactive pay. And there is still time for CUNY allies on the City Council to add their political support to our contract fight. But lawmakers at the city and state level need to know that the contract is a priority for their constituents, and they need to understand how five years without a PSC-CUNY contract hurts the CUNY students who live in their districts. You can help them understand by joining your PSC colleagues at visits to NYC district offices being scheduled with City and State lawmakers throughout the months of May and June. To get involved, email your name and address to Amanda Magalhaes (email@example.com), and tell her what times you’re available on Fridays in May and June.