The benefits PSC members receive—from healthcare and pension benefits to professional development grants to disability and death benefits—are paid for by contributions from our employer, CUNY. Those contributions are negotiated during bargaining as part of members’ compensation. Maintaining and improving benefits is thus part of the union’s contract campaign during negotiations and an important reason for members to get involved in the contract campaign.
Primary health benefits (covering things like doctor’s visits, emergency care and hospitalization) for full-timers are administered through the NYC Employee Health Benefits Program. (After September 30, 2014 health benefits for eligible adjuncts will be provided through the same program.) This is a citywide fund that all the municipal unions bargain together with city to negotiate the terms of; as part of this larger citywide plan, PSC members enjoy a level of benefits possible through the cost savings realized from a larger plan. In addition, full-time employees and eligible part-timers receive a series of supplemental benefits through the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund, ranging from dental care to optical benefits and more.
Below is a list of benefits covered in this section.