“$7k or Strike” members criticized the new contract on Twitter. It is against the law to require an independent contractor to start working on a project without obtaining a copy of the required written contract. RFCUNY often receives requests to create CIIs or MOUs in which work has already begun or where work has already been completed. These situations would likely be contrary to the Freelance Isn`t Free Act. Paid consultations for teachers would begin almost immediately. From the next semester, any adjunct (and full-time in case of overload) who teaches a course of three hours of contact or more will be responsible for formal consultations and will be paid at his full hourly rate if the contract is ratified. The paid office hours provision means that warrant officers are paid for a much greater number of hours of work they will perform; recognizes the professionalism of the Adjunct Faculty; and it guarantees and expands students` access to their teachers outside of education. PSC President Barbara Bowen, a professor at Queens College, also welcomed the deal in a statement. CUNY`s board of trustees voted last night to approve the collective agreement between the PSC and the university at a meeting at Baruch College. The approval process is now complete. The union`s bargaining team and contract enforcement department will monitor the implementation of the contract. PSC leaders have already begun to press the Cuny administration and city and state officials to pay retroactive salary increases and pay members as soon as possible at their new rates of pay.
CUNY management has not yet announced dates. (See the FAQ at the time of the increases.) This fact only demonstrates the need for a strategy that can go beyond the leaders of unions like the PSC by developing and organizing a radical base capable of building a truly democratic union, which is not afraid to challenge the NYS-Taylor Act and is not afraid to go on strike, and not just for parity demands like $7,000 for Adjuncts. But also for the claims of the whole class. Just like the Chicago Teachers, Cuny teachers can use their labor power to fight, improve the lives of their students and their own. A free, fully funded and fully democratic university, with well-paid teachers and employees, is possible, but only if we fight and link our struggles to other unions throughout the city. As the TWU base struggles to win its own contractual demands, the possibilities for radical action and solidarity in the unions and throughout the city will only increase. And the successful defeat of this treaty could be one of the many steps needed to rebuild the power of labor in NYC. However, the result I`m most proud of is the big step we`ve taken to eliminate a whole host of PhD students – called “tuition-only Fellows,” who lack stable funding and access to health insurance. . .