PSC Members Deliver a Message to the CUNY Trustees: CUNY Needs A Raise!
Hundreds of PSC members delivered a message in person to the CUNY Board of Trustees on Monday, September 29: CUNY NEEDS A RAISE!
CUNY is suffering—and we are suffering—because there has not been a raise in more than four years. Yet management has not put an economic offer on the table.
Negotiations between the PSC and CUNY have been productive, but they cannot advance without money on the table. That’s why PSC members picketed, chanted and marched outside and inside the Board meeting to demand an economic offer that recognizes the quality and importance of the work we do and that will allow us to settle the contract.
Until that goal is reached, the union plans to increase our public pressure on the trustees and CUNY administration to reach a good contract agreement. CUNY NEEDS A RAISE!
Why Our Budget and Contract Campaigns are so Intertwined.
Contracts are negotiated at the bargaining table, but won on the ground. That means mobilizing our colleagues on every campus, in our departments and in our everyday interactions. But in an era of budget shortfalls and attacks on public workers, that ground operation, while beginning on our campuses, must extend its power to Albany and City Hall. As we come to the bargaining table to negotiate a new contract with the University, the political and economic conditions that we face will no doubt influence our demands and the demands of management. That is why PSC’s budget and contract campaigns are so intertwined.
Q and A: What’s Going On in Contract Talks?
The PSC and CUNY management have made some progress in contract talks. But CUNY has not yet put forward an economic offer, and union negotiators are pressing management to do so. President Bowen answers some frequently asked questions about the contract negotiations in this article from the Sept. Clarion.
Demands for the new contract were approved at a November 4, 2010 Delegate Assembly meeting. The full text of the demands, and coverage of the DA, are available here as a special supplement of the December 2010 Clarion.