A massive turnout to the protest this Monday, September 26th, at the CUNY Board of Trustees meeting is of great importance to our struggle. The voice of CUNY contingents — adjuncts, grad student employees, HEOs, CLIP and Continuing Ed workers and many others — must be heard, together with full-time faculty and staff, and large numbers of students, in the fight for our basic right to healthcare.
When: This Monday, Sept. 26, 4:00 p.m. (arrive by 3:30 if you can)
Where: Outside Baruch College, 24th Street & Lexington Avenue (easily accessible by the 6 train)
Look for our big banner reading “Two-Tier Labor Must Go! CUNY Contingents Unite“
The demonstration has been called by the PSC with the demand to save healthcare for the 1,700+ adjuncts who currently get it from the Welfare Fund. The union is calling for these adjuncts to be put on the city health plan.
Participating in and mobilizing for this fight, the CCU demands healthcare for ALL of CUNY’s contingent employees. The one-year waiting period should be eliminated; there should be full CUNY funding for coverage on the city health plan; and none of our colleagues and coworkers should be without healthcare — as summed up in our contract demand #3: “Comprehensive employer-paid health insurance on par with municipal workers for all contingent employees.”
Together with our other three contract demands, this is key to opposing CUNY’s divide-and-conquer tactics and waging a real fight against increasingly unequal and destructive two-tier labor system. For its part, the Adjunct Project is raising the slogan “All CUNY contingents on city health plan” in its flier for Monday’s protest. At Monday’s demonstration, the idea is for members of the CCU, Adjunct Project, First Friday committee and others to group together in a united-front “contingents’ contingent,” each raising its own banners, signs, slogans and views in pursuit of the common goal of defending and winning full healthcare for us all.
Your participation is of great importance. If you can involve colleagues, friends and students in sign-making parties, leafleting and other work to build for this — and above all come down with them to the protest on the 26th, this will be key to making our voices heard.
ALL OUT FOR MONDAY’S PROTEST!
Come to the CCU’s first Fall meeting this coming Friday!
When: Friday, August 26, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Where: CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5409.
As everyone has doubtless heard by now, there is a major threat to adjunct healthcare (for those who even have it at all). Organizing around this issue will clearly be a big topic at our meeting. Among related topics: discussion of the union’s response; our efforts to build joint action with all other PSC members committed to the fight for adjunct healthcare; and the importance of the CCU’s contract demand #3, “Comprehensive employer-paid health insurance on par with municipal workers for all contingent employees.”
A proposed agenda will be drawn up, but other topics facing us include:
– CCU plans for the Fall semester, including “organizing days” on different campuses.
– Adjunct layoffs: updates; measures against them.
– Update on defense of Ajamu Sankofa and Jill Humphries at CUNY’s Murphy Institute.
– Committee reports. Report on CCU solidarity work with the Verizon strike.
– Update on CUNY Diversity Study and related topics.
Please join us for this important meeting, and bring a friend!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
The June meeting of the CCU will be held this Friday.
When: Friday, June 24, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Where: CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5414.
The struggle against adjunct layoffs is a crucial topic for this meeting. Adjunct activists have made this a hot issue at the last two PSC Delegate Assemblies. At last night’s DA, Barbara Bowen gave some figures on the adjunct budget at different campuses. Comparing fiscal 2010 with 2011, at some community colleges, the adjunct budget has gone up, although at BMCC it is down 11%. At four-year CUNY colleges, there are significant cuts to the adjunct budget: 5.2% at Baruch, 7.9% at Hunter, 9.2% at Lehman, 14.5% at Medgar Evers, 19.3% at York. Of course this is linked to rising class sizes (for full-time as well as “part-time” teaching staff.)
In contrast to the low-key approach the union leadership is taking, several of us called for a real mobilization now to do everything possible to save adjunct jobs. Carl and others of us proposed making this topic central at the CUNY Board of Trustees meeting being held this Monday at Hostos. At this point, it is not clear whether the union will confine itself to testifying at the BoT meeting, or whether it will organize an actual protest too.
If you have information about adjunct layoffs on your campus, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org and also make sure to come to the CCU meeting next Friday!
Other topics for next Friday’s CCU meeting will doubtless include updates on the defense of Ajamu Sankofa and Jill Humphries; NYC labor protests; plans for the Fall; CCU communications; further discussion of the CUNY Diversity Study and our role in challenging CUNY’s paucity of African American and Latino Ph.D. students, among other issues.