October 2014 Meeting

Come to the October CUNY Contingents Unite meeting!
When: This Friday, October 31st, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Room 5489, CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street)
Topics will doubtless include:
- Report-back on Oct. 21 PSC rally
- Updates on union contract negotiations
- Our fight for job security and seniority rights
- Update on Public Service Loan Forgiveness
- HEO, TA and teaching fellow issues
- Does Halloween have two tiers too?
- Solidarity: Massacre in Mexico; solidarity with Ayotzinapa teachers college students
- Your issues and concerns
(a proposed agenda will be distributed at the meeting)
Please attend, and bring friends and colleagues.
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PSC Contract Rally, September 29 2014

Photos of some of the adjunct activists carrying our signs at the September 29 PSC contract rally in front of Baruch College. Sign features joint effort by CUNY Contingents Unite and Adjunct Project demanding $7,000 minimum starting pay per course and real job security for all adjuncts. The September CCU meeting featured updates on how this demand was formulated when the prior “5K” demand was taken to the recent conference of the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL); on the fight for job security; the adjunct healthcare situation; and on adjunct demands in the context of contract negotiations between the Professional Staff Congress and CUNY management. These topics are sure to be key to discussion at our next meeting too, on Friday, October 31.

29 Sept 2014 - 7K signs at PSC rally - 2

29 Sept 2014 - 7K signs at PSC rally - 1

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An Important Step Forward in Our Fight Against Poverty Pay: COCAL XI Demands 7K

CUNY Contingents Unite had an important impact at the eleventh conference of the international Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, held in New York City on August 4-6. As a result of the united-front campaign initiated by the CCU, and intensive activity at the conference, the following resolution was passed overwhelmingly at the final plenary on August 6. (Note: Almost 800 signatures of CUNY faculty and staff had been gathered for the demand that “5K” be a bottom-line demand in current union contract negotiations at the City University. At COCAL, strong arguments were made for this to be changed to 7K in line with the Modern Language Association minimum figure; this is reflected in the resolution as adopted.) COCAL participants’ enthusiastic backing for this call is a significant step in our fight against poverty pay and two-tier inequality.
SUPPORTING U.S. CALL FOR $7,000 (“7K”) MINIMUM PER 3-CREDIT COURSE, A SENIORITY SYSTEM, AND REAL JOB SECURITY FOR ALL CONTINGENT FACULTY
Whereas, the two-tier system of academic labor, in which there is a much-diminished population of tenure line (permanent) faculty and a large and growing population of long-term and shorter-term contingent faculty, is producing untenable economic hardship and intolerable working conditions that reflect escalating attacks on education, labor rights and students, andWhereas, we seek full equality and the dismantling of the tiered labor system and support real advances toward this goal (such as a significant pro rata increase in pay); seniority rights and job security, and

Whereas, the crisis of contingent labor has highlighted the need for parity, with real job security and a seniority system, and

Whereas, this crisis has brought a call in the U.S. for achieving or surpassing a MINIMUM starting salary of at least $7,000 (“7K”) per 3-credit course (or its equivalent)  (the minimum salary endorsed by the Modern Language Association [MLA]), with real job security and a seniority system, which, while still far from parity, would be a significant advance for many contingent faculty, and a call with similar intent has been endorsed by several higher education unions in New York State, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)*, therefore, be it

RESOLVED that COCAL XI endorses the call in the U.S. for achieving or surpassing a MINIMUM starting salary of at least $7K per 3-credit course (or its equivalent) for all contingent academic employees in the U.S., combined with real job security and a seniority system; that this objective, despite being modest, is long overdue and needs to be implemented now, and that we support the struggle for this to be achieved in current contract negotiations.
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* The NEA, the AFT, and several New York State higher education unions have endorsed the Mayday $5K (or a similar) proposal.

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September 2014 Meeting

Come to the September CUNY Contingents Unite meeting!
When: Friday, September 26th, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Room 5489, CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street)
Topics will doubtless include:
- Updates on union contract negotiations
- Adjunct presence at September 29 PSC contract rally
- Evaluating the adjunct healthcare situation
- Our fight for job security and seniority rights
- Next steps in CUNY $5K (now $7K) campaign
- HEO, TA and teaching fellow issues
- Your issues and concerns
(a proposed agenda will be distributed at the meeting)
Please attend, and bring friends and colleagues.
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August 2014 Meeting

Please come to the Fall semester’s first meeting of CUNY Contingents Unite

WhenFriday, August 29th, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Room 5489, CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street)

This is an important meeting, as we organize our work as the new semester begins. There is quite a lot to talk about.

Key topics will doubtless include:

- Fall organizing

- Adjunct healthcare

- Next steps in CUNY $5K (now $7K) campaign

- Cancellations of many classes CUNY-wide due to low enrollment, Pathways

- Report on COCAL conference

- HEO, TA and teaching fellow issues

- Solidarity: report back from Aug. 23 Staten Island march with Eric Garner family; Ferguson, Mo.; Palestinian colleague injured in bombing of the Islamic University of Gaza

- Your issues and concerns

(a proposed agenda will be distributed at the meeting)

Please attend, and bring friends and colleagues.

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June 2014 CCU Meeting

June meeting of CUNY Contingents Unite 
When: Friday, June 27th, 4:005:30 p.m.
Where: Room 5489, CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street)
Key topics will include:
- Adjunct healthcare crisis!
- Next steps in CUNY $5K campaign
- Updates on PSC Delegate Assembly, contract negotiations
- HEO, TA and teaching fellow issues
- Your issues and concerns
(a proposed agenda will be distributed at the meeting)
Please attend, and bring friends and colleagues.
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May 2014 CCU Meeting

Please attend the May meeting of CUNY Contingents Unite
focusing on the $5K CUNY fight and the adjunct healthcare crisis
When: Friday, May 30th, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Room 5489, CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street)
Dear CUNY contingents:
Late last month, the CCU launched the CUNY $5K campaign, with a special issue of The Advancecalling for the demand of a minimum $5,000 starting salary per course to be a bottom-line demand for the current union contract negotiations. This demand was endorsed by the Adjunct Project and other contingent activists, and on May Day we took signs featuring it to the union rally outside City Hall. The newsletter, as well as photos of our signs from May Day, are on line here: http://cunycontingents.wordpress.com/
One week ago, we proposed a joint petition campaign for this demand. In a joint effort with the Adjunct Project, this was launched on May 16th, In the short time since then, the petition  campaign has really taken off. Hundreds (“part-time” as well as FT faculty and staff) signing on to the hard-copy and on-line versions (See:  http://contingentrep.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2014/05/17/5k-per-course-must-be-bottom-line-contract-demand/ )
This exciting development indicates real opportunities and challenges for our organizing work. Reports and discussion on the $5K campaign and where to go from here will thus doubtless be the focus of our May 30th meeting, whose importance is heightened by the fact that it is the last of the semester.
Meanwhile, the adjunct healthcare crisis has entered a new and even more disquieting phase, with PSC president Bowen reporting that while efforts continue, “We do not yet have agreement on a permanent program” and “we cannot make a commitment that the current coverage will continue beyond June 30” (http://www.psccunywf.org/media/124028/bowen.adjunct.health.5.2014.pdf ). For its part, the CCU continues its fight for full health coverage for all CUNY contingent employees and retirees. Discussion on this point as well is thus of great importance at our May 30 CCU meeting.
Other topics will doubtless include:
- Updates on PSC Delegate Assembly, contract negotiations
- HEO, TA and teaching fellow issues
- Elections to CCU Coordinating Committee
Your issues and concerns
(a proposed agenda will be distributed at the meeting)
Your participation at the meeting will be very important!
Please attend, and bring friends and colleagues.

 

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