Many of you have contacted me with questions and anger about the information you are receiving from college administrations on how they plan to implement the agreement to reduce the contractual teaching load. I share your anger, but we should not be surprised that CUNY management is trying to implement the agreement in the most limited, unimaginative, short-sighted way possible. Every major agreement the PSC has won-increased sabbatical pay, HEO salary differentials, three-year appointments for adjuncts and more-has required sustained union pressure to be implemented properly.
Pressure about the teaching load agreement is already being applied by PSC chapter chairs and leadership, but it will be most effective if it is amplified by the thousands of faculty whose fundamental working conditions are at stake. College presidents need to know how strongly you object to CUNY's restrictive approach to implementing the agreement.
The PSC and our AFT affiliates plan to fill social media with messages from proud union members if the Supreme Court rules, as expected, against workers in Janus v. AFSCME. Please join us. The Court’s rulings are announced on Monday mornings, and the Janus ruling could come any Monday before the end of June. The PSC will inform members via email and social media when it happens. When you receive the PSC’s message about the ruling, share a photo of yourself on social media, tag the union, and use the hashtags #UnionProud #UnionStrong.
If you email a photo to PSC Communications Coordinator Fran Clark a photo (firstname.lastname@example.org), we’ll add to your photo a frame with the hashtags that says “I’m Sticking to Our Union” and share it via the union’s Twitter and Facebook accounts on the day the Court’s Janus ruling is announced. Be sure to tell us where you work.
Legislators in Albany are once again considering Maintenance of Effort (MOE) legislation that would begin to reverse the State’s record of underfunding the CUNY senior colleges. MOE bills have been passed twice with overwhelming bi-partisan support, but were vetoed both times by the governor. But the political dynamics in New York are changing and there is a chance that the MOE bill could be passed again and signed into law.
Click here to send a letter to your representatives in Albany urging them to pass the MOE again. This version of the bill requires the State to fund CUNY’s inflationary operating costs, such as collective bargaining, energy and rent. It also provides reimbursement for a portion of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Credit, which currently leaves public colleges on the hook for financial aid that should come from the State.