March 2015 Meeting

Come to the March CUNY Contingents Unite meeting
When: This Friday, March 27th, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Room 5489, CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street)
 
Topics will doubtless include:
 
– Plans for adjunct/contingent presence, emphasizing our demands, at the PSC rally on Tuesday
– Union contract stalemate
– Adjunct and TA strikes at University of Toronto and York University (Canada)
– Our fight for job security and seniority rights
– Further discussion on 9/6
– HEO, TA and teaching fellow issues
– Solidarity: updates on New Mexico and Colorado student protests, Boston bus drivers, Bronx restaurant workers, Quebec student protests
– Your issues and concerns
(a proposed agenda will be distributed at the meeting)
 
Please attend, and bring friends and colleagues.
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February 2015 Meeting

Come to the February CUNY Contingents Unite meeting
When: Friday, February 27th, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Room 5489, CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street)
Topics will doubtless include:
– Report on current adjunct rights activities here and nationwide
– Updates on union contract negotiations
– Analysis of how adjunct health plan is going
– Our fight for job security and seniority rights
– Update on Public Service Loan Forgiveness
– HEO, TA and teaching fellow issues
– Update on oil workers strike, West Coast longshore showdown, Bronx restaurant workers
– Your issues and concerns
(a proposed agenda will be distributed at the meeting)
Please attend, and bring friends and colleagues.
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January 2015 CCU Meeting

Come to the January CUNY Contingents Unite meeting
When: This Friday, January 30th 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
– Organizing plans for the Spring semester
– Analysis of how adjunct health plan is going
– Our fight for job security and seniority rights
– Update on Public Service Loan Forgiveness
– HEO, TA and teaching fellow issues
– Solidarity with anti-racist protesters, teachers college students in Mexico, Bronx restaurant workers
– Your issues and concerns
(a proposed agenda will be distributed at the meeting)
Please attend, and bring friends and colleagues.
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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 - 1A

 

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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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