EDITOR'S NOTE: As we went to press, PSC President Barbara Bowen announced that the union plans to hold a strike authorization vote sometime in the next several months. Bowen emphasized that it will be a vote to authorize the PSC's Executive Council to call a strike if necessary; the union's goal is to achieve a good contract without the need to take a job action. An affirmative vote by the PSC membership would "give the union the power to use labor's strongest weapon, if, after everything else is tried, we cannot achieve a fair solution any other way."
The price of basic living expenses — like rent and transportation — have steadily increased over the years while PSC members are working at 2010 compensation levels. PSC members share how the lack of a contract affects their own professional and personal lives.
Hundreds of PSC activists gathered in a rainy-day rally outside of Hunter, urging movement on salary and on non-economic demands such as adjunct job security, full-time teaching load and HEO advancement.
Union activists made the case for increased salaries at every level and offered unforgettable descriptions of the damage that unjust working conditions can inflict on CUNY students, faculty and staff.
On the streets in midtown Manhattan, in local campus protests, and at the negotiating table, PSC members have been pushing hard for a new collective bargaining agreement.
As of October 1, adjunct health insurance will be provided by CUNY through the NYC Health Benefits Program, as has long been the case for full-time faculty & staff. Eligible adjuncts must sign up for the new program before Sept. 19 to assure continuous coverage. See also: Union Victory on Adjunct Health Coverage