This Week in the PSC (05.08.17) Deadline for One-Year and Three-Year Adjunct Appointment Notification: May 15

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Pursuant to the contract and the 2010-17 MOA, notice must be provided on or before May 15 for both one-year and three year adjunct appointments. The contract requires that every appointment letter include the adjunct’s title and hourly rate of pay.

Adjuncts are entitled to a one-year appointment if they have served in the same department of the college for not fewer than six (6) consecutive semesters (exclusive of summer sessions) during the three (3) year period immediately preceding the appointment.

Adjuncts are eligible to be considered for a three-year appointment if they have taught at least six (6) classroom contact hours per semester within the same department at the same college for the ten (10) most recent consecutive Fall and Spring semesters preceding September 1, 2017. Departmental committees have been reviewing the first group of eligible adjuncts this spring.

Contact a PSC adjunct grievance counselor at 212-354-1252 no later than Monday, June 5, 2017 if you are eligible for a one- or three-year appointment and if any of the following occur:

  • You do not receive any letter of appointment or reappointment on or before May 15;
  • The appointment letter you receive does not contain the appropriate title and hourly rate;
  • You believe that you are eligible for a one-year appointment and received a letter for a semester appointment;
  • You believe that you are eligible for a three-year appointment and received a one-year or a semester appointment; or
  • You receive a letter of non-reappointment.

There is a 30-business-day deadline from May 15 for grieving discrepancies in the letter of appointment or a notice of non-reappointment. Contact an adjunct grievance counselor by Monday, June 5. Do not delay, or you may be time-barred from challenging any discrepancies in the letter of appointment or notice of non-reappointment.

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Pledge Now to Keep Backing the Union.

President Trump’s Supreme Court is poised to decide Janus v. AFSCME, a case designed to drain public-employee unions of members, money and power. The outcome will almost certainly mean the end of agency fees for public-sector unions. It will be the culmination of a decades-long attack on workers. Click here to say “I won’t be a free rider.” We all benefit from the salary increases, healthcare, job protections and political power achieved by the union. The PSC cannot be a strong union for any of us unless all of us pay our share.

Labor Goes to the Movies Presents: The Postman Always Rings Twice –Fri., May 12

PSC's film series will explore the theme "The Politics of Genre" with a screening of The Postman Always Rings Twice (Garnett, 1946) on Fri., May 12 in the PSC Union Hall (61 Broadway, 16th floor). Click here to learn more about the film noir staring Lana Turner and John Garfield. Doors open at 6 PM. Light refreshments provided. There is a $2 suggested donation.

Rally for Adult Literacy RESCHEDULED for Wed., May 10

Immigration and literacy activists working with the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL), have rescheduled the Rally for Adult Literacy promoted last week in this newsletter for Wednesday, May 10:30 AM. More than 2 million New Yorkers currently lack English proficiency and/or a high school diploma—one third of the entire adult population of the city—yet the Mayor’s budget proposal for next year does not renew the $12 million included for adult literacy in this year’s budget. Without the funding, over 5,700 students will lose access to their classes after June 30. Come stand with the PSC and our coalition partners in NYCCAL as we call on the City to continue the $12 million investment as the first step in building a universal system of adult literacy where all immigrants, refugees and other adult learners can access educational opportunities to strengthen themselves and their families. Email Arsenia Reilly at areilly@pscmail.org for more information.

Petition: HBCU Graduates Deserve Better than DeVos

Bethune-Cookman, a historically black university in Florida, has invited U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to deliver this year’s commencement speech and receive an honorary degree. Alumni of the university are circulating a petition urging that the invitation be rescinded because DeVos’ ideology and advocacy are especially harmful to Black students— the very students HBCUs were created to serve. Click here to add your name.

Visit the online calendar for locations and more information

John Jay College Recommitment Tabling, May 9, 11:00am

York College Recommitment Training, May 9, 12:00pm

CLT Chapter Meeting, May 9, 6:00pm

Rally for Adult Literacy, May 10, 10:00am

Medgar Evers Chapter Meeting, May 10, 11:30am

Hunter College Chapter Meeting, May 10, 1:00pm

LaGuardia Adjuncts Recommitment Training, May 10, 2:00pm

John Jay Recommitment Training, May 11, 1:30pm

PSC Watchdogs Health & Safety Clinic, May 11, 4:30pm

College of Staten Island Chapter End-of-Year party, May 11, 2:30pm

Delegate Assembly, May 11, 6:30pm

City Tech HEO Recommitment Training, May 12, 12:00pm

Committee for Adjuncts and Part Timers Meeting, May 12, 3:30pm

Labor Goes to the Movies: The Postman Always Rings Twice, May 12, 6:00pm

Environmental Justice Committee Meeting, May 15, 6:00pm

John Jay Chapter Meeting, May 16, 1:30pm

PSC Watchdog Health & Safety Clinic, May 16, 4:30pm

Legislation Committee Meeting, May 16, 6:00pm