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This Week in the PSC (02.13.21): Defend Our Contract! | Help Pass the New Deal for CUNY

Mar 18, 2021

Betrayal: CUNY Refuses to Implement Equity Raises for Assistants to HEO and Lecturers

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The CUNY administration is refusing to honor the contract they signed—again! First they laid off thousands of adjuncts, then they withheld our 2% raise, now they have said that they are indefinitely delaying payment of the $1,000 “equity raise” for Assistants to HEO that was supposed to show up in paychecks this week. And they’re also planning not to pay the equity raise for Lecturers due on April 1.

Emergency Demonstration Monday at Noon to Defend our Contract!

LOCATION: CUNY Central Offices, 205 East 42nd Street (2nd Ave.)
DATE AND TIME: 02/15/21 12:00pm – 02/15/21 1:00pm
Demand that Chancellor Matos Rodríguez pay the equity raises agreed to in our contract. Come masked and dressed for the weather!
Let us know you’ll be there.

 

Legislators, CUNY Rising Alliance, PSC Unveil New Deal for CUNY Legislation

New York State Senator Andrew Gounardes and Assemblymember Karines Reyes joined the CUNY Rising Alliance and the PSC last week to announce the introduction of the New Deal for CUNY (ND4C) legislation. They were joined by more than two dozen supportive legislators and an audience of more than 500. Read more.

 

PSC to Lawmakers: CUNY is Essential for a Just Recovery from the COVID Crisis

At a hearing last week about the State budget PSC President Barbara Bowen testified that lawmakers must embrace proposals for new revenue and support investment that empowers CUNY to address the racism and inequity laid bare by the COVID crisis. She called on the Legislature to 1) fund the first year of the New Deal for CUNY, 2) raise revenues by ending tax breaks for the ultra-rich, 3) undo the damage done to CUNY by the State’s “withholding” of funds and the freeze on contractual raises, and 4) reject the $41.8 million in cuts to CUNY proposed in the Executive Budget. Read her testimony. See the PSC’s State Budget Platform for Fiscal Year 2022.

 

Help Pass the New Deal for CUNY & Demand Increased CUNY Funding

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Vaccines 101

Dr. Jennifer Rosen from the Bureau of Immunization, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and her colleague Dr. Julian Watkins answered PSC members’ questions about the availability and the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines at two webinars this week. Members of the PSC Health and Safety Watchdogs committee also presented at the events organized by the PSC. Video of the webinars with Dr Rosen is above. Both sessions are posted here on the PSC website.

 

AAUP Webinar:”A Day Without Adjuncts” – (Still) Higher Education’s Invisible Class

Please join AAUP for a summary and discussion of the results of the NYSC AAUP survey on the “Status of Adjunct/Contingent Faculty in NYS” on Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 pm. Here is the Zoom meeting link.

Presenters will include Ángel Martínez, Bronx Community College, Chair of the NYSC AAUP Committee on Faculty Holding Contingent Employment; Thomas Carroll, Chair of the NYSC AAUP Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession; and Sally Dear-Healey, Executive Director of the NYSC AAUP.

 

Adjunct Pay Dates

The first pay dates for most of the the community colleges in the Spring semester are Friday, February 5 and Friday, February 19. Guttman, Kingsborough and LaGuardia Community College pay dates begin on Friday, March 19. For the senior colleges, the first dates are Thursday, February 11 and Thursday, February 25. Click here for the full semester listing of pay dates for the senior and community colleges.


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