Adjunct Re/Appointment Letters Should be Signed

Updated: January 23, 2020
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The PSC-CUNY 2017-2023 collective bargaining agreement was ratified by the union at the end of November and approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees on December 16, 2019. In the meantime, CUNY sent out letters of appointment and reappointment that reflect the old 2017 salary rates and, as far as we know, the old number of appointment hours per course. The letters we have seen do not include the additional paid office hour, which will be in effect next semester (spring 2020). CUNY management has confirmed that adjuncts who are entitled to paid office hours under the new contract will be paid for the hour(s) from the start of the semester, despite what the appointment letters may say.

It is important that members sign and return those letters promptly so they can be assured of being paid at the start of the appointment period.

CUNY has stated that they expect to make the shift to the correct pay rates (incorporating the 10/1/18 2% and the 10/31/19 2% increases) sometime “during the spring semester.” CUNY expects to pay retroactive pay increases during the spring semester as well, probably at the same time. PSC is pressing the University for the earliest possible pay-dates, but the union has yet to receive confirmed, specific information about pay dates from CUNY.