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Bargaining Update 19 | 3 NYC Budget Actions

Jun 03, 2024

Bargaining Update 19

At the May 15th bargaining session, PSC member observers witnessed management’s latest refusal to acknowledge their obligation to negotiate proposed changes to the CUNY Bylaws. The CUNY reps also demonstrated their indifference to PSC members’ needs by listing items from our bargaining demands that they “consider Nos.” The PSC countered with evidence as to why the demands must remain on the table and responded to CUNY’s refusal to add a provision on professional respect for staff to the contract. Both sides acknowledged movement on remote and flexible scheduling. Read the full update. 

The 20th bargaining session was held Wednesday, May 29 at CUNY Central. Reports on the negotiations are updated regularly in the Bargaining Dates and Updates section of the contract campaign webpage. The next two sessions are scheduled for Monday, June 3rd and Wednesday, June 5th.

Observe Contract Bargaining

The next bargaining sessions are scheduled for June 3 and June 5. All dues-paying members are welcome to observe a bargaining session after attending an online orientation. Your next opportunity to attend an orientation will be:

Unionwide Election Results 2024

On May 15th the Elections Committee certified the results of the 2024 unionwide election. The Delegate Assembly accepted the committee’s report on May 23rd. In accordance with Article IX, Section 12 of the PSC Constitution, the term of office for those who are newly elected began on May 29th, 10 working days after the certification of the election results. The principal officers of the PSC are:

  • James Davis (Brooklyn College), President
  • Jen Gaboury (Hunter College), First Vice President
  • Felicia Wharton (Brooklyn EOC), Treasurer
  • Andrea Vásquez (Graduate Center), Secretary

The Executive Council, Delegate Assembly, and the PSC Delegates to AFT/NYSUT and AAUP are posted here.

Collect postcards for A People’s Budget In Brooklyn

Join PSC members and the People’s Plan coalition on Saturday, June 8th to collect postcards in Council Member Justin Brannan’s district. Brannan has been an effective advocate for CUNY, but it’s critical that he keeps hearing from his constituents about the needs of our university. We’ll be at the Brooklyn Public Library – Coney Island Branch, 1901 Mermaid Ave. (Near West 19th St.) in Brooklyn. Sign up here to let us know you’ll be there. 


Rally at City Hall for a People’s Budget

On June 20 at 10 AM, PSC members will rally at City Hall with the People’s Plan coalition to push the Mayor and the City Council to deliver a better budget for all with full funding for CUNY, K-12 public schools, 3K, libraries, essential services, and housing. Sign up here to let us know you’ll be there; we’ll be in touch with more details about the action.


Union Grievance Wins $1.7 Million for 4,300 Members of the Instructional Staff, Including Adjunct Faculty

More than 4,300 adjuncts and other instructional staff represented by the PSC will receive a combined payout of more than $1.7 million dollars under the terms of a new settlement agreement signed by President Davis on Wednesday, May 22. The settlement stems from college and CUNY-wide grievances filed by the union in June 2020 after CUNY failed to provide proper compensation for required online trainings provided by the colleges and CUNY Central in the Spring and Summer of 2020. The affected adjuncts and instructional staff who are party to the agreement were paid varying amounts at the time of the training, but those amounts were less than what CUNY was contractually obligated to pay. The settlement will bring the full payment for the online trainings up to $900 per worker, and CUNY will be required to pay each affected worker the difference between what they were paid and the agreed upon $900. Individual payouts will range from $6 to $800. The payment will appear as a line item on members’ paychecks. CUNY Payroll has not yet confirmed a payment date, but members should look out for the payment this summer.

NYC Budget Campaign #CareNotCuts

New York City’s budget deadline is a month away. The PSC’s Legislation Committee is organizing to shore up our champions in the City Council, restore the Mayor’s cuts to community colleges, and win new targeted investments for our students and community colleges. Here’s how to help:

Write Your NYC Council Member
Urge Them to Keep Fighting for CUNY

The New York City Council restored tens of millions of dollars in funding for community colleges in last year’s City budget and is the driving force behind CUNY Reconnect, a program that re-enrolled more than 16,000 stopped-out students in CUNY colleges this past year. But the Mayor has cut almost $95 million from CUNY’s budget since he took office, and those cuts have left students with inadequate services and community colleges without needed faculty and staff.

Send this letter urging your council member to keep fighting for CUNY. The letter urges the Council to restore the Mayor’s cuts, fill the more than 400 positions left vacant by the budget cuts, invest in expanded ASAP, fix our crumbling facilities, and help students qualify for Fair Fares.

If you live outside of the city, use the address of your CUNY campus and send the letter as a worker in the local council member’s district.


Published: June 3, 2024 | Last Modified: June 10, 2024

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