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Message from President Barbara Bowen
This week marks the start of the new academic year, and I want to take the occasion both to wish you well for the year and to bring you up to date on contract negotiations.
Serious negotiations for a new PSC contract began on June 20, when PSC and CUNY bargaining teams met to exchange demands.
Pursuant to an agreement between the PSC and CUNY, beginning Oct. 1, 2014, the University Benefits Office will be responsible for providing health insurance through the NYC Employee Health Benefits Program to all eligible CUNY adjuncts. To avoid a lapse in coverage, eligible adjuncts must enroll in the NYC Employee Health Benefits program via their College Benefits Officer no later than Sept. 19, 2014. Here is a letter to adjuncts currently enrolled in the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Basic Health Insurance from the University Benefits Office and the Fund. Here is a link to the University Benefits Office website where forms and further information are posted. On the CUNY University Benefits Office page, select “Benefits at a Glance,” then select “Adjunct Staff (Teaching and Non-Teaching)”.
For the Fall 2014 semester, teaching adjuncts are scheduled to be paid on eight successive pay dates. At the senior colleges, the first pay date will be Sept. 18 and the last pay date will be Dec. 24. At most community colleges, the first pay date will be Sept. 12 and the last pay date will be Dec. 19. Kingsborough CC, LaGuardia CC and Guttman CC operate on a different academic calendar. Click "read more" for all the dates.
Failure to pay adjunct faculty on time at the start of a semester has often been a problem at CUNY. Last year more than a third of the Queens College's 1,000 adjuncts got no paycheck in the first Fall pay period.
CUNY has circulated a list of “best practices” to ensure timely adjunct paychecks. The list includes a measure that had been urged by the PSC: designating a specific staff member to track adjunct appointments “before and during the beginning of a semester.” Read more in this May 2014 Clarion article.