Developing and implementing the “Toward a Just Contract in 2017” campaign. Given the conclusion of the previous contract campaign this summer with the ratification of the bargaining agreement reached by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) and CUNY, and the expiration of this agreement in April 2017, we will create and carry out through the entire academic year a multifaceted campaign highlighting the issues and communities that are integral to achieving a just contract in the next round of bargaining.
Collaborating with the DSC to address tuition payments/permanent tuition remission for GC doctoral students. Currently tuition remission expires for GC doctoral students after their first five years/10 semesters as registered students, proving a significant financial burden for the many students who need more time to complete their degrees, especially given how much teaching and other instructional labor we provide CUNY overall.
Continuing the outreach to GC programs begun in spring 2016 vis-à-vis the PSC strike-authorization vote but now with an eye to the next contract: specifically, holding conversations and activating more GC student-workers to participate in academic-labor organizing.
Connecting with graduate-employee unions at private universities in the aftermath of the National Labor Relations Board decision of August 2016 that such unions must be recognized by employers.
As always, we’ll also be addressing issues for which individual GC students reach out to us directly.