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
Negotiators for the PSC and CUNY management met on June 20 for a formal bargaining session. Intense negotiations are expected throughout the summer: watch for updates and information on what you can do to support a strong contract settlement. See also: PSC AND CUNY REACH OTHER AGREEMENTS
Education faculty have been sharply critical of edTPA, a new teacher certification exam that they say reduces teacher education to preparing for a high-stakes test. After months of organizing by the PSC and its education union allies, New York State agreed to delay full implementation.
Knowledge is power – and if you don’t know your rights, you’re putting yourself in a weakened position. On April 22 and 23 the PSC is holding a special, two-day contract enforcement training session, highlighting basic contract rights and giving members hands-on experience on how to deal with contract violations.
James B. Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska since 2004, has been appointed the new chancellor of the City University of New York. Clarion looks at his record in the Nebraska system, and what CUNY faculty, staff and students might expect.
In a December 12 ruling, an independent arbitrator rejected CUNY management’s request to dismiss a PSC grievance over implementation of the controversial Pathways curriculum plan. The ruling means that the union’s grievance can now proceed.