Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Adjunct $7K/course resolution to go to NYSUT in April

The PSC Executive Council approved the following resolution, to be voted on at the April 2018 annual Representative Assembly of the New York State United Teachers:

NYSUT Members Support PSC’s $7K Campaign
And All NYSUT Locals’ Campaigns for Fair Adjunct Pay

Whereas, teachers’ unions were formed in order to demand and win professional pay and treatment for work that had previously been undervalued and viewed as non-professional; and

Whereas, as teachers’ unions have multiplied and grown, they have expanded their work, winning better pay and treatment for other educational workers, for paraprofessionals and for others in service of the public good; and

Whereas, in higher education, however, the past 40 years have seen a slow but devastating hollowing out of the profession, as public funding has been systematically reduced and universities and colleges have responded not by challenging the premise of austerity but by accommodating to scarcity: they have cut costs by replacing full-time tenured faculty with part-time contingent faculty, who are paid at a fraction of the full-timers’ rate; and

Whereas, more than 70 percent of faculty appointments in higher education nationally are now held by non-tenure-track, part-time and/or contingent employees; and

Whereas the City University of New York, whose academic employees are represented by the Professional Staff Congress, a NYSUT local, employs an exceptionally large number of part-time—or “adjunct”—faculty, currently more than 13,000, and whereas, CUNY is able to attract outstanding adjunct faculty despite low pay because of its location in New York City and the power of CUNY’s mission to draw committed, progressive teachers; and

Whereas, the starting pay for CUNY adjuncts is $3,222 for a regular 3-credit college course; and

Whereas, several thousand CUNY adjuncts rely for their entire paycheck on their adjunct teaching at CUNY, cobbling together multiple courses for an annual income of about $25,000 for a full teaching load; and

Whereas, given the number of hours required for teaching a course, $3,222 per course barely amounts to $15 an hour, forcing some CUNY adjuncts to rely on public assistance and others to be evicted from their apartments; and

Whereas, CUNY adjuncts typically have advanced degrees, including multiple Master’s degrees and Ph.D.s; and

Whereas, PSC has made major improvements for adjuncts during the last 17 years, including winning health insurance, paid office hours, three-year appointments with guaranteed income, professional development grant funds, improved sick leave and bereavement leave, and the conversion to full-time, salaried positions of more than 300 adjuncts and part-time instructors; and

Whereas, PSC is now attempting the hardest and most important adjunct improvement of all—fair pay—the goal of its collective bargaining demand for a minimum of $7,000 per 3-credit course for adjuncts; and 

Whereas, other higher education locals in NYSUT are also pressing for fair adjunct pay, including United University Professions, which has made the demand for a substantial increase in adjunct pay a major part of its collective bargaining agenda; and

Whereas, New York State prides itself on espousing progressive values and supporting working people, and whereas New York State has the highest union density in the country, and whereas New York State recently passed breakthrough legislation on a $15-per-hour minimum wage; and

Whereas, it is in the interest of all education workers to fight for professional pay for other educational workers because the persistence of substandard pay devalues the education profession and creates an incentive to maintain low pay throughout education employment; and

Whereas, it is in the interest of all union members in New York State to demand that no unionized employers be allowed to persist in paying substandard wages; therefore be it  

RESOLVED that NYSUT supports PSC’s campaign for $7K and all other NYSUT locals’ campaigns for fair adjunct pay, and that the NYSUT leadership will call on NYSUT members across the state to join the PSC in actions, demonstrations and advocacy for $7K, because a victory on $7K at CUNY would be a victory for every teacher, professor, education worker and student in the state; and be it further

RESOLVED that the NYSUT leadership will call on the NYS AFL-CIO to make fair pay for adjuncts throughout the state a major budget priority in 2018.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Spring 2018 BC Chapter Meetings

All meetings are in Ingersoll Hall 3143, 12:30-2:00 pm.  Lunch is provided.
·      Wednesday Feb 14
·      Thursday March 22

·      Tuesday May 1

Hans-Joerg Tiede (AAUP) on Academic Freedom

AAUP senior program officer Hans-Joerg Tiede discussed "Academic Freedom in the Age of Trump" at in the BC Library Tanger Auditorium, January 30, 2018.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

#GOPtaxscam Demonstration

The PSC turned out in force for a Wall Street demonstration against the devastating "tax reform" bill pushed through by the GOP this week.  President Barbara Bowen and Vice President Mike Fabricant joined Rutgers AAUP President David Hughes and twelve others committing civil disobedience and risking arrest.  BC faculty and staff in attendance included Pierani Pieronni (College Now), Chris Ebert (History), James Davis (English), and Tammy Lewis (Sociology).  Retired BC Psychology professor Nancy Romer was arrested with the others engaged in civil disobedience... #fierce!

The #GOPtaxscam passed, but the struggle continues and the resistance movement grows.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Contract Campaign Kicks Off

Brooklyn College faculty and staff turned out in big numbers to demonstrate at the CUNY Board of Trustees meeting December 4, 2017.

More photos, care of Ben Shepard, NYCCT Chapter Chair, available here:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Chapter Meeting Agenda, Nov 29, 2017

1. Plan to attend the contract campaign kickoff rally Mon. Dec 4
4:30pm Gather at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave at 34th St.
5:00pm March to Baruch Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Ave at 25th St.
5:30-6:30pm Rally Outside CUNY Board of Trustees Mtg, 25th St Pedestrian Plaza, Baruch College 
  •  RSVP: http://www.psc-cuny.org/dec4
  • Take a sticker! Take a flier!
  • On social media?  Add a twibbon.
  • For updates on the contract rally and future actions, text "PSC” to 69238
  2. Questions about the announced bargaining agenda?

3. Mark your calendars: Higher Ed lobby day in Albany is Wed Feb 28

4. Dr. Penny Lewis, Associate Professor, CUNY Murphy Institute for Worker Education, and Senior College Officer on PSC Exec Council, presentation on Janus v. AFSCMEhttps://drive.google.com/open?id=1pyzQZ3RDCEHtK5wHTqjj8NDr-hossSdz