Several planks of the New Deal for CUNY platform - developed by the PSC and our coalition partners in the CUNY Rising Alliance - are reflected in CUNY’s University Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2023. A new governor and mayor present a major opportunity for our underfunded university system. (NY Daily News, “Getting CUNY on solid footing.”) The CUNY administration appears to be seizing the moment, and we are encouraged that our years of organizing with the CUNY Rising Alliance and lawmakers have borne fruit in the CUNY budget request.
CUNY is requesting 16 percent more for FY 2023 in state support than last year, an additional $313 million, and 20 percent more in city support, an additional $103 million. Read more for the full message from the PSC principal officers about the University Budget Request.
CUNY has announced that the 2% across-the-board raises scheduled for November 20, 2020 will be paid by October 7, 2021 at senior colleges and by October 15, 2021 at community colleges. Retroactive pay for adjuncts has been complicated because CUNY initially applied the 2% increase to Fall 2020 pay rates, then rescinded the increase when it decided to withhold the 2% increase for everyone in the bargaining unit. Adjuncts will receive retroactive pay from the first pay date of the 2021 Spring semester when CUNY rescinded the 2% increase.
BREAKING: A NYS JUDGE HAS ISSUED A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER EXTENDING THE ENROLLMENT PERIOD BEYOND OCTOBER 31.
Justice Lyle E. Frank issued a Temporary Restraining Order on Thursday, October 21. He ruled:
"ORDERED that the respondents are enjoined from enforcing the October 31, 2021 Opt- Out/ Opt-In date; and it is further
ORDERED that petitioners maintain the status-quo enrollment in until the respondents cure deficiencies with the implementation of the proposed new Medicare Advantage Plan, and it is further
ORDERED that such new plan be sent to this Court for this Court to review and determine whether such plan cures the defects as indicated above, and it if further
ORDERED that such plan be sent to the petitioner’s counsel seven days prior to such submission to the Court and petitioner may then provide any input regarding the proposed new plan to the Court."
But the "Court has upheld the process used to pick the Alliance, so the entire process will not need to begin anew." In effect, he ruled against Aetna and United Health Care, two companies that had losing bids for the Medicare Advantage contract, that had filed suit.
Here is what we know: (1) The enrollment period has been extended into November and maybe beyond. (2) The Alliance remains as the Medicare Advantage vendor.
What still has to be determined: The court's review and acceptance of a new plan submitted by the vendor and the City to "cure deficiencies with the implementation of the proposed new Medicare Advantage Plan." Will this also impact whether those who opt to keep their current NYC plan must pay a premium? Will the City and the vendor appeal the judge's ruling?
Find out more about the City's change in retiree healthcare benefits. We have created a one-stop web page with important information and links to help retirees navigate this healthcare change (and to understand how it happened and what role the PSC retirees played in opposing the change).