Come to the May CUNY Contingents Unite meeting
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.
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.
* The NEA, the AFT, and several New York State higher education unions have endorsed the Mayday $5K (or a similar) proposal.