CUNY colleges facing funding cuts and continuing enrollment declines have laid off or improperly reappointed scores of CUNY adjuncts who were eligible for three-year appointments or reappointments. The details vary from college to college, but the overall effect has been a targeting of some of CUNY’s most experienced adjunct faculty. The PSC has pushed for the proper rehiring of these faculty at the chapter level and in labor-management meetings, at demonstrations, in the press and through the grievance process.
News & Events
CUNY has finally circulated guidance to college Human Resources offices [link] about paying our long-awaited November 15, 2020 2% contractual raise.
- October 7, 2021 is the pay date for the lump sum payment of the salary increase retroactive to November 15, 2020 for State-funded employees (Senior Colleges).
- October 15, 2021 is the pay date for the lump sum payment of the salary increase retroactive to November 15, 2020 for City-funded employees (Community Colleges).
All employees who were eligible for a salary step increase on January 1, 2021 will have that step reflected in their retroactive payment. Employees who were eligible for a salary step increase on July 1, 2021 will have that step reflected in their retroactive payment. CUNY has announced that the November 2021 2% across-the-board raise will be in our paychecks in November 2021, consistent with the contract.
PSC members protested in front of Medgar Evers College on Tuesday, August 31 to call out the college administration for failing to follow its COVID-19 reopening plan and to demand stronger health and safety protocols.
Members of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) and CUNY students gathered outside Hunter College Thursday, August 26 to demand improvements to the College’s reopening plan, which they say puts students, faculty and staff at risk for potential COVID transmission.
Media Coverage (September 2021)
- Inside Higher Ed: At a College Wounded on 9/11, Memories Endure 20 Years Later
- City & State: The 2021 New York City Labor Power 100
- Inside Higher Ed: How Online Learning Fits in This Fall
- The Chief: PSC Worried Virus-Safety Concerns At Medgar Evers Are Being Ignored
- World Socialist: Chaotic CUNY reopening sparks opposition from faculty, students and staff
- Manhattan Times: Up in the Air
- Bronx Times: CUNY schools reopen with lack of COVID-19 plan in place
Media Coverage (August 2021)
- +972 Magazine: How Palestinian resistance inspired a new generation of labor activism
- News 12: ‘I don’t feel safe’: Faculty and staff rally for safer conditions at Medgar Evers College
- lnside Higher Ed: Punished for Staying Home
- Gotham Gazette: Union Leaders Call for Better Covid Protocols, Transparency at CUNY Ahead of First Day of School
- Fox 5 NY: CUNY faculty protest reopening amid delta variant surge
- Queens Eagle: Faculty union worries as CUNY preps for fall semester
- NY 1: 'New Deal for CUNY' would create a tuition-free college education for those who need it
- Riverdale Press: Another look at that union vote
Media Coverage (July 2021)
- AFT: Faculty, staff rise to meet a tough back-to-school season
- Crains New York: Unions approve $22.5M deal to privatize retired city workers’ insurance
- LaborPress: PSC Urges NYC Unions to Delay Further Privatization of Retiree Healthcare
- The City: CUNY Insider Sounds Battle Call on Tight Public University Budget
Please join us on Tuesday August 24, 10:00 a.m. at CUNY Central (205 E. 42nd St.) for a PSC press conference and safety picket. RSVP here.
We are writing again in response to the message we all received from the Chancellor yesterday. The approach CUNY is taking to reopening is inconsistent and, given the Delta variant, inadequate. We are asking you to contact the Chancellor, the Chief Operating Officer, and your college President THIS WEEKEND. Please tell them to take the actions that we argued for at our meeting with CUNY on August 9:
- CUNY should recalibrate the pre-semester reopening plan, as Lehman College and Queens College have just done. Until September 14, only those staff who are genuinely critical to regular operations should be asked to report to in-person work. Others should be permitted to continue working remotely.
- CUNY should permit the conversion of in-person classes to remote through September 14, the deadline for in-person students to upload their proof of vaccination.
- CUNY should make its mask mandate universal. Colleges should implement a mask mandate that complies fully with CDC guidance, if the University does not.
We write with updates on the union’s effort to ensure that CUNY complies with the appropriate health and safety standards in reopening.
The principal officers and PSC Health & Safety committee chairperson met this week with CUNY management about the August 16 return of professional staff and August 25 start of classes. We all know that the Delta variant of COVID is highly transmissible, and vaccinated people have contracted and can spread the virus. Unfortunately, community rates of transmission are categorized by the Centers for Disease Control as “substantial” or “high” across New York City, while vaccination rates are uneven and remain low in many communities. These conditions create tremendous challenges for a safe return to campus, and we expect University officials to do what it takes to furnish a safe learning and working environment.
The first pay dates for the community colleges in the new semester (except for Guttman, Kingsborough and LaGuardia) were Friday, September 3 and Friday, September 17. For the senior colleges, the first dates were/are Thursday, September 9 and Thursday, September 23. For Guttman, KBCC and LAGCC, those dates are Friday, October 1 and Friday, October 15. Click here for the full semester listing of pay dates for the senior and community colleges (including Guttman, Kingsborough and LaGuardia).
Adjunct Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline: September 24
Adjuncts who are newly eligible or have regained eligibility for health insurance and supplemental PSC-CUNY welfare Fund benefits must submit completed applications/forms to the College Benefits Officer no later than 30 days from the first day of classes. This year, the deadline is September 24. Benefits will take effect the first day of classes. Eligibility requirements are detailed here, along with the list of required applications and documentation.
Send a Letter to the Chancellor and the CUNY Trustees!
When NY State withheld 20 percent of CUNY’s budget allocations for most of 2020-21, the number of course offerings was reduced, many adjunct faculty and college lab technicians lost employment, and enrollment limits were raised on many classes. Please tell the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees, as we anticipate Fall 2021, that last year’s austerity measures must not be repeated. Courses currently on the schedule should be kept intact, not canceled for under-enrollment. This measure will maintain student academic progress and keep faculty on payroll. Sections should be added as registration continues this month, and adjunct faculty who were laid off last year should take priority in reappointment. These are among the express purposes of the three pieces of federal legislation Congress passed for higher education emergency relief.