Since the fall, the Adjunct Project has been working in coalition with CUNY Struggle and the adjunct committee of the Graduate Center’s Professional Staff Congress chapter to amplify and organize around the need to achieve adjunct parity in the next contract. To that end, the three groups collectively authored and released the following statement at the beginning of this semester.
Non-Negotiable: Adjunct Parity in the Next PSC-CUNY Contract
A Joint Statement by the PSC GC Adjunct Committee, the Adjunct Project, and CUNY Struggle
January 30, 2017
Adjunct parity can mean either a complete end to the multi-tier system of faculty labor (such as in the case of Vancouver Community College, where all faculty do the same work, have the same working conditions, and are on the same salary schedule, pro-rated for those working less than full time) or a pro-rata salary schedule for “part-time” faculty so that their wages are in proportion to that of full-time lecturers (as in the case of the California State University). Although many of us would like to see the “Vancouver model” in place at the City University of New York, where adjuncts make roughly 29% to 38% of full-time salaries, have little to no job security, and are largely sidelined from service and research, we recognize that the U.S. labor context and the much-larger scale of CUNY complicate the achievement of that goal.
Nevertheless, as we—a group of graduate students at the Graduate Center working as both graduate assistants and adjuncts—have discussed adjunct parity over the last few months, we have come to agreement on the following bottom-line, non-negotiable demands for the upcoming round of bargaining vis-à-vis the expiration of the current PSC-CUNY contract in November 2017:
- A pro-rata salary schedule for all part-time faculty in proportion to the full-time lecturer salary schedules, with a minimum salary of $7,000 per three-credit course;
- Genuine job security in the form of a seniority system based on date of original appointment and the number of credits taught over time;
- Representation of part-time faculty and graduate employees on the bargaining committee in proportion to their numbers in the overall bargaining unit.
Although the first two demands would not end the multi-tier system of faculty labor at CUNY, they would produce substantial movement toward parity between the salary and job security of part-time and full-time faculty. The last demand, meanwhile, would produce parity in the bargaining committee, which we hope would help the overall bargaining committee hold fast to the first two demands.
Graduate Center Graduate Assistants and Adjuncts of:
the PSC GC Adjunct Committee
the Adjunct Project
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