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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.