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Above: BMCC graduates showed their support for CUNY faculty and staff outside their convocation at Madison Square Garden.
Delegate Assembly Recommends Contract Agreement for Ratification
After a spirited debate, the Delegate Assembly voted Thursday, June 23 to submit the tentative contract agreement to the PSC membership for a ratification vote. The vote to recommend ratification of the new contract passed by an overwhelming majority of 111 in favor to 11 opposed. The CUNY Board of Trustees approved the agreement at their Monday, June 27 meeting. PSC members will then have the final word on the contract during a ratification vote to be held in July (details will be coming soon).
Click "read more" for a summary of the main features of the contract. Here is a link to the full memorandum of agreement and a link to the related agreements on adjunct health insurance and paid parental leave.
The CUNY Board of Trustees amended its calendar for the Board meeting on Monday, June 27, adding a note indicating that the proposed Freedom of Expression and Expressive Conduct policy will be considered at a later time. The note on the calendar read:
“It was clear from testimony at the public hearing on June 20, 2016, and other communications that there are questions and concerns about the proposed policy. The Chairperson and the Chancellor have determined that there should be additional consultation and discussion. Accordingly, this item is included on the calendar solely for informational purposes. A proposed policy will be considered by the Board of Trustees at a later time, following additional consultation and discussion.”
PSC President Barbara Bowen was one of many CUNY professors and students who testified against the proposed policy at a public hearing this past Monday.
Governor Cuomo recently signed into law a bill that allows honorably discharged military service personnel the opportunity to purchase up to three years of credit toward their New York City or New York State public pensions. Previously, New York state law only allowed former military members the chance to buy back pension credit if they fought in certain major military conflicts such as WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Read about it in the Daily News. NYC Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) members wanting to take advantage of this opportunity should contact TRS at 888-869-2877.