Union protests January dates for increases
Just before the Labor Day weekend, CUNY announced that the city and state agreed to pay contractual ratification bonuses in October, and all other increases – higher salary rates and retroactive pay – no later than January.
When asked for more specifics, CUNY reported to PSC that the administration is working to ensure that bonuses will be paid to employees receiving state paychecks (senior colleges and graduate schools) on October 13 and to employees receiving city paychecks (community colleges) on October 21. The precise pay date in January for the salary adjustments and retroactive pay have not yet been determined.
PSC President Barbara Bowen said, “We understand the complexity of the process, but for members to wait more than six months since the memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed to receive their increased salary rates is unconscionable.”
Full-time employees represented by PSC who were employed at CUNY on both May 1, 2016 and September 1, 2016 will receive a $1,000 ratification bonus, as will teaching adjuncts who taught 18 hours or more, as will Continuing Education Teachers who taught 900 hours or more during the 2015-16 academic year and who are teaching during Fall 2016.
CUNY said it would account for a Fall semester start date later than September 1 at certain colleges.
The MOA provided for the following specific bonus amounts for doctoral students on the CUNY payroll in Graduate Assistant titles on May 1, 2016 and September 1, 2016: $750 for a Graduate Assistant A, B or C, and $500 for a Graduate Assistant D.
For other part-time employees in PSC titles who meet the basic eligibility requirement of working May 1 and September 1, 2016, the formulas for calculating their pro-rata bonus amounts are based on the MOA definition that 24 contact hours shall be deemed full-time and are as follows:
- For Teaching Adjuncts with fewer than 18 teaching hours during 2015-16, the pro rata bonus will be $42 per teaching hour.*
- For non-Teaching Adjuncts and Adjunct CLTs who work the maximum 225 hours per semester during 2015-16 for a total of 450 hours (or more), the bonus will be $500. For those with fewer than 450 hours worked during Fall and Spring 2015-16, the pro rata bonus will be $1.12 per hour worked.*
- For Continuing Education Teachers (CETs) who work fewer than 900 hours during Fall and Spring 2015-16, the pro rata bonus will be $1.12 per hour worked.*
*NOTES: 1) Summer session work does not count in the calculation of total hours. 2) For part-time employees who worked in several different titles or on different campuses, the bonus will be calculated based on hours worked in each title and then added together. 3) No employee will receive a ratification bonus of more than $1,000.