Support for Adjuncts | 100s Rally for City Investment in CUNY
May 17, 2023
Adjunct Letters of Appointment and
The deadline by which CUNY adjuncts were required to receive a letter of reappointment or non-reappointment was Monday, May 15. If you are an adjunct who has not received a letter, please notify the union. If you have been notified that you have been denied reappointment, contact a grievance counselor immediately. The adjunct grievance counselor for your campus is listed on this PSC webpage. They can help guide you through your campus’s appeals process and potentially file a grievance. Under the terms of the PSC contract, grievances relating to reappointment must be filed within 30 days.
Unemployment Insurance for Adjuncts
Adjuncts who are not working or are earning less than $504 per week should apply for unemployment insurance, with or without a letter of non-reappointment. An adjunct’s eligibility during the summer will depend on their individual circumstances and whether they have “reasonable assurance” of continued fall employment with at least 90% of their earnings. Watch this Spring 2023 Committee for Adjuncts and Part-timers workshop featuring Jon Bloom, Executive Director of the Workers Defense League to learn more.
Testimony from Board of Trustees Queens Borough Hearing
Dozens of PSC members testified at the CUNY Board of Trustees hearing last Monday, May 8 at LaGuardia Community College. The members, from campuses throughout the city, spoke fiercely and eloquently and with conviction about the effects of continued austerity and about our demand to begin contract bargaining. We gathered for a picket line before the hearing then packed the room with members and with missing persons signs to represent the staff, faculty, and students that CUNY has already lost and those who will be missing if management’s “savings target” cuts are enacted. Read some of your colleagues’ powerful testimony.
March for CUNY at the College of Staten Island
PSC members and the CUNY Rising Alliance rallied and marched for increased public investments and for a New Deal for CUNY at the College of Staten Island last Tuesday. Marchers spoke out at the beginning and end of the route to celebrate the PSC’s recent State budget victory and to urge Chancellor Matos Rodríguez to use the new state funding to protect the quality of a CUNY education by preventing layoffs of adjunct faculty, maintaining appropriate class sizes, and strengthening departments and student services. Read about it in the Staten Island Advance.
Hundreds of PSC Members & Students Rally for City Investment in CUNY
More than 200 faculty and staff, students and CUNY allies joined forces with City Comptroller Brad Lander, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Assembly Member Karines Reyes and members of the New York City Council last Thursday on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse to oppose the mayor’s repeated cuts to CUNY and to demand more City funding for CUNY colleges and programs.
“Cutting CUNY means throttling the engine of mobility that our city relies on,” said PSC President James Davis. “Two CUNY degrees helped to propel Mayor Adams from a working-class Queens community to prominent roles in state and city government. Thousands of young people in that neighborhood and others like it need the opportunity that he was afforded, and that is what’s at risk in this city budget.” Read the full news release and see clips from the rally, which was covered in the Chief and the Daily News.
CUNY Law School Graduates Turn their Backs on Mayor Adams
A day after we rallied to reject Mayor Adams’ cuts to CUNY, the mayor faced protests of a different kind during the CUNY Law School commencement. Offended by the mayor’s failure to speak out definitively against the killing of Jordan Neely, his partial suspension of the City’s “right to shelter” mandate, and his cuts to CUNY and other institutions that New Yorkers depend on, many of the graduates stood in their caps and gowns and turned their backs on the mayor.
“The frustration from CUNY students, faculty and staff is understandable. Mayor Adams is cutting CUNY, leaving students without needed resources,” said PSC President James Davis in the New York Times article about the incident.
Solidarity with Striking TV & Film Writers
AFT locals, including the PSC, joined the Writers Guild of America East on their picket line yesterday outside the Disney+ Upfront event at Javits Center. Upfronts for TV networks and streaming services are being held this month in New York City, as the corporations pitch their programming to advertisers. The WGA is targeting the upfronts throughout the week.