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This Week in the PSC (02.05.18): We are Stronger Because We Stick Together as a Union

Feb 05, 2018

We are Stronger Because We Stick Together as a Union
Sign Our New PSC Membership Card

On Monday, February 26, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case backed by politicians and corporate interests scheming to destroy unions like the PSC and end our power to work together for better pay and good benefits. The PSC has been preparing to face this challenge for more than a year and has a new union membership card that strengthens the union’s ability to maintain a steady income from member dues. Sign the new membership card now to ensure that our union can continue to win good contracts and protect members’ rights and benefits.

Sign Up to Advocate in Albany for More State Funding

The PSC is calling on the State Legislature to work with the Governor to increase the proposed funding for CUNY in this year’s State budget and rethink the pattern of austerity for CUNY. Funds are needed for progress on new full-time faculty lines, a salary increase to $7,000 per course for adjunct faculty, and expanded academic advisement and support services for students. President Bowen argued in her state budget testimony that lawmakers should fund these and other critical investments for CUNY by closing the TAP Tuition Waiver Gap, increasing Base Aid to community colleges and increasing senior college funding to match enrollment growth and inflation.
PSC members need to go to Albany to make the case. The PSC is partnering with NYSUT and United University Professions (UUP) and with student organizations like NYPIRG and USS to organize lobby days in Albany. Please sign up today by emailing Tiffany Brown at [email protected]. Transportation, food and hotel costs for the NYSUT Higher Education Lobby Day (February 27-28) and the NYSUT Committee of 100 (March 5-6) are covered by NYSUT. You can also make a one-day round trip to Albany with students on the buses leaving early from New York City for the Student/Faculty/Staff Higher Ed Action Day (February 28).

Spring 2018 Adjunct Pay Dates

For the Spring 2018 semester, teaching adjuncts are scheduled to be paid on eight successive pay dates at two-week intervals. At the senior colleges, the first pay date will be Feb. 15 and the last pay date will be May 24. At most community colleges, the first pay date will be Feb. 9 and the last pay date will be May 18. Kingsborough CC, LaGuardia CC and Guttman CC operate on a different academic calendar with different pay dates. Read more.

School of Professional Studies Forum on Faculty Governance, Wed., Feb. 7
“Faculty Governance under Attack at CUNY”

Join UFS Chair Katherine Conway, PSC chapter chairs Alia Tyner-Mullings (Guttman CC) and Luke Elliott-Negri (GC), adjunct faculty from CUNY’s School of Professional Studies, and PSC President Barbara Bowen for a forum: “Faculty Governance Under Attack at CUNY” on Wednesday, February 7, from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Segal Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center, 34th St. and 5th Ave. The forum will examine the issues arising from the proposed draft governance document for the CUNY School of Professional Studies—and the risks those issues represent to shared faculty governance throughout CUNY. Here’s a flyer.

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