College Lab Technicians

Updated: October 19, 2018
The PSC’s CLT chapter introduced a memorial at the union’s office for the late Executive Council member Alan Pearlman at its October meeting.

College Laboratory Technicians (CLTs) are professional members of the non-teaching instructional staff at CUNY and full-time CLT appointments are tenure tracks positions under the New York State Education Law. CLTs provide professional service to a multitude of scientific and technological areas at CUNY. CLTs work in partnership with faculty, staff, librarians, researchers, counselors and administrators to provide the highest level of technological support for the education of students and for research. Most CLTs have bachelor degrees, many have masters and some have PhDs. Many come to CUNY with years of experience in their field of expertise. The duties of CLTs are generally described in the CUNY's Code of Practice as performing laboratory functions and other technical duties of a highly skilled nature. CLTs provide lecture support in the form of set-ups of equipment and demonstrations and laboratory support for experiments and for research. At higher levels in the CLT series duties may include supervisory functions and more complex technical functions in laboratories and other technical areas. In essence, “CUNY’s science and technology are in our hands!”

Upcoming CLT Meetings

There are no upcoming meetings scheduled for the CLT Chapter.
Check for other PSC happenings in the events calendar!

Let your voices be heard!

Testify at the 10/22 Board of Trustees meeting!
Baruch College – Oct 22, 2018 - 4:30pm

Tell the CUNY trustees what you think they should demand in the next CUNY budget.

  • Do you think it’s time for a raise?
  • Do you want the trustees to get the teaching load reduction fully funded?
  • Do you want the trustees to include enough money in their budget request to pay adjuncts a fair wage?
  • Do you think the trustees should take a public stand against the State government’s practice of not funding new contracts?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you should make your voice heard next Monday afternoon, October 22. The hearing will take place at Baruch College, starting at 4:30 p.m. You must be signed up in advance in order to testify, and you will have a maximum of three minutes to tell your story or deliver your message.

Email Ida Cheng ( by Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and PSC staff will sign you up and provide you with details.

CLT Speaks at Sept 27, 2018 Contract Rally

Amy Jeu, Hunter College; CLT Chapter Vice Chair & Grievance Counselor

The PSC will be sharing photos and quotes from members about why they're supporting the campaign for a fair contract. Here's an example:

Will you stand up and speak out? Share with us your reason for supporting our union's contract demands, which include an increase in the salary schedule for all CLT titles in addition to any across-the-board increases. We'll share a your photo and a quote from your statement on social media along with your name and school. We may also report it in testimony or cite it during contract negotiations.

Submit quotes and photos at

CLTs Celebrate National Bullying Prevention Month (Oct 2018)

Workplace Bullying Resources (not exhaustive list)

Dignity at Work Policy - The PSC/CUNY CLT Chapter is committed to protecting dignity and respect across the University. This policy aims to promote respect, dignity, safety, and equality in the workplace. Every member of CUNY should be aware that all forms of discrimination, bullying, harassment, victimization, and violence are unacceptable and every member of CUNY has a duty to behave in an acceptable and respectful manner. All members are expected to treat each other with dignity, courtesy and respect at all times. We are fully committed to sustaining a positive and mutually supportive working environment free from harassment, discrimination, bullying, violence, and victimization where members can work together collaboratively and productively together, and where all members are equally valued and respected.

CLT-HEO Professional Development Fund

In accordance with the PSC/CUNY collective bargaining agreement, approximately $500,000 per annum is available University-wide to support professional development activities for eligible employees in titles in the College Laboratory Technician series. Learn more at

Know Your Rights. Download the CLT Handbook

Download the CLT Handbook
Download the Adjunct CLTs Rights and Benefits Brochure

The current handbook (4th edition) has multiple purposes:

  • To serve as a compendium of College Laboratory Technicians’ rights and responsibilities
  • To familiarize newly appointed CLTs with the procedures for appointment, reappointment, promotion and other contractual protections.
  • To invite CLTs to contact the chapter officers for advice and help.

This handbook is not an official document, but a simplified guide to your contractual rights under the PSC-CUNY agreement as seen by the PSC.

The official documents to consult are the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of CUNY, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the PSC and CUNY (the contract), the written policies of the Board of Trustees and your college governance document. There are also arbitration awards and grievance decisions in which contractual rights and responsibilities have been delineated.