“The PSC joins CUNY students in calling for increased public investment in CUNY and rejecting a funding model that relies on constant tuition hikes to keep the University afloat. The PSC has been unwavering in our commitment to increase public funding and resist further privatizing the costs of public colleges by shifting them to students. CUNY students cannot be expected to make up for a history of disinvestment in the University. The only solution is prioritizing public investment in CUNY, an unmatched resource for the economic, cultural and social vitality of New York. The members of the PSC are fighting for a contract that will enhance the learning conditions of our students. We stand with them in demanding increased public investment as the only sustainable model for funding the University." --President Barbara Bowen
The union undertook the study, which involved interviews with more than 100 department chairs, as we were preparing for the current round of contract negotiations. One result of the study was a contract proposal for more institutional support for department chairs; it remains a union priority.
The report focuses on the increasing challenges chairs have faced as austerity at CUNY has deepened in the decade since the 2008 recession. While the department chairs speak with urgency about their own job, they also tell a larger story of the hidden costs of disinvestment in CUNY, its workers and its students.
Effective July 1, 2019, all newly hired employees at CUNY will be covered for health insurance by the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first 365 days of employment. After the first 365 days of employment, eligible employees will be able to stay with HIP HMO or choose another health insurance provider from among the providers available to current employees.