This post is dedicated to the commenters who opt out of the UFT every time we post anything.
CUNY management has delayed the 2% salary increase scheduled to go into effect in November. The union for faculty members (The Professional Staff Congress) has responded.
From the PSC website:
Dear PSC Members:
I hope this finds you and your loved ones in good health at this difficult time.
I’m writing to update you on the union’s fight for our contractual salary increase and to share information about the delay. CUNY management’s unilateral decision to break our contract cannot go uncontested, even at a time of economic crisis. The decision to delay our raise was not inevitable; it represents a choice by the CUNY chancellor to impose hardship on the faculty, staff and students rather than oppose the State’s austerity funding.
For many members living on tight budgets or counting on the extra income to help others during the pandemic, the loss of the expected increase has created real financial strain. For other members, the failure to pay our raise on time may feel more like a slap in the face, a further sign of disrespect, after months of crushing increases in workload. Regardless of our circumstances, we all have a stake in defending our contract. PSC members are not a piggy bank for CUNY or the State; we should not be compelled to make an involuntary loan. The union is fighting back through a class-action grievance and is prepared to take further action, including exploring all available legal remedies. If you haven’t sent your letter of protest to the chancellor yet, please send it today.
It is not easy for any union now. PSC is grieving the indefinite postponement of the increases. This will take time. Unions cannot wave a magic wand and get what they want. Granted PSC members are basically working from home and not being forced to go into what are increasingly COVID-19 infected buildings as K-5 and district 75 UFT members are.
UFT makes many unforced errors but all of us as union members need to step up our game by working for a stronger union, not abandoning it.