Albany—President Barbara Bowen urged the State to increase funding for CUNY in testimony delivered Wednesday, December 5 to the Assembly Higher Education Committee. She also called on the governor to sign legislation soon to be before him that would enhance the State’s Maintenance of Effort (MOE) for CUNY and SUNY.
“The City University of New York is reaching a breaking point—in large part because the normal costs of doing business are not covered in the State’s annual budget allocation to the University. The current funding model for CUNY, even with the present MOE in place, is unsustainable. It forces the University either to cut existing academic programs to make up for the budget shortfall or to rely on huge numbers of low-wage workers as instructors or to escalate the pace of tuition and fee increases (thereby also enlarging the unfunded TAP gap) simply to stay afloat. In the absence of a full MOE, CUNY is being forced to cannibalize its own inadequate budget to cover costs that should be automatically funded by New York State,” she testified. Read the full testimony here.
CUNY’s budget request hasn’t been released—weeks after it’s usually made public. The trustees need to know that we’re watching and ready to act. Come to demand the fully funded contract we deserve, and be prepared to support PSC’s elected leadership as they engage in a protest action. RSVP here. Download a flyer here.
Get a Contract Now! Poster for Your Office Door or Workspace
As pressure builds for an economic offer on our contract, it’s time for some graphic expression of our demands. Eleven new posters issued by the PSC call for “Contract Now!” and highlight many of the union’s major demands. Send a visual message about the demands that are important to you and show your support for demands that are important to your coworkers. Contact your chapter chair to find out how to get a poster or two, and plaster your hallways!
For full-time faculty (excluding lecturers) in their second and subsequent years of service, lecturers in their third and subsequent years of service, and adjuncts appointed by semester, written notification of reappointment/non-reappointment must be received by 12/1/18. Grievances on this issue must be filed by 1/17/19. If you are due notice of reappointment/non-reappointment by the December 1 deadline and do not receive it or if you are notified that you have been denied reappointment, please notify your chapter grievance counselor immediately. Here is a list of PSC’s chapter contract enforcement officers. Grievance counselors can also be contacted at the PSC central office (212-354-1252). Under the terms of the PSC contract, grievances relating to non-reappointment must be filed within 30 days, excluding Saturday, Sundays and legal holidays, of the scheduled dates of notification.