Many of us feel shattered and threatened by the result of the election last week. Violence of all kinds suddenly seems much closer-violence against the climate and against other nation-states, but also against women, people of color, the poor, Muslims, immigrants, Jews, children, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, transgender and transsexual people and others. Political discourse, as Toni Morrison writes, has been "shredded by an unreason and hatred so deep that vulgar abuse seems normal."
And the implications of the election are only just beginning to unfold. We can expect that civil liberties, academic freedom, public education and union rights will also come under attack. Incidents of racism and anti-Semitism whose proponents have explicitly linked their actions to Trump have already occurred on college campuses.
Such attacks must not happen at CUNY-to anyone. I know that not all PSC members agreed with the union's position on the election. But I am confident that all PSC members join me in believing that there is no place for hatred on a university campus, especially when the university is CUNY. CUNY was founded on the principle that "the children of the whole people" are entitled to a free college education of the highest quality. That principle is more important now than ever.
At recent PSC meetings, members have expressed anger and concern about the delay in receiving retroactive pay and being placed on the new salary schedules. Some even question whether the funding for the contract is assured and whether we will receive the pay increases in January, as scheduled. I want to acknowledge your frustration that it has taken so long for CUNY, the State and the City to deliver the pay increase that we fought for and won in our contract. Six months of delay after six years of waiting is not acceptable.
But as PSC Treasurer I can assure you that funding for the retroactive pay is secure and that payment at the new, higher salary rates is in process. The PSC has pressed CUNY management from the day the contract was ratified to take a more proactive approach to expediting payment, and the union has also worked directly with the New York State and City Comptrollers to ensure that payments will be made in January.
I am writing now to share the information that we have on the status of our pay increases.
You must be a member of the union before December 5, 2016 to vote in the PSC chapter elections to be held in the spring of 2017.
Fourteen of the PSC’s chapters will elect officers this spring. They will also elect delegates and alternates to the PSC Delegate Assembly and members of the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. To be eligible for a PSC vote, you must have been a member of the union four months prior to the date of ballot mailing. There is no extra cost to becoming a member, but you must submit a membership application. When you submit an application, the deduction on your paycheck will simply change from “agency fee” to “dues.” (Here’s how to check your paystub to confirm you are a union member and not an agency fee payer.) Current CUNY employees may submit an online membership application by clicking on the appropriate membership form at this link. Please share this information and these links with your colleagues.
You must be a member of the union before December 5, 2016 to vote in the PSC chapter elections to be held in the spring of 2017. Adjuncts who work at more than one CUNY campus and are unsure of which chapter they are a part of may call the PSC membership department at 212-354-1252.