CUNY, PSC Announce
Agreement on a New Contract
The City University and CUNY's Professional
Staff Congress announced in a joint statement on March 8 that
they reached a contract settlement, pending approval by the
CUNY Board of Trustees and ratification by the PSC membership.
Details of the settlement will be released after preliminary
approvals are secured and final costing of the proposed contract
are calculated by New York City and New York State officials.
The contract includes a total economic package equivalent
to a 9% increase, compounded over 27 months, for the period
August 1, 2000 through October 31, 2002. It also includes
salary increases for all titles, advances in professionalism
and pay for part-time faculty, other enhancements of terms
and conditions of employment, and opportunities for research
and professional development for faculty and staff.
"This landmark agreement is a major step forward in fulfilling
the University's goal, outlined in our Master Plan, of securing
a place among the top public research universities in the
nation," said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.
"In recognizing the imperatives of realizing this goalchief
among them the need to attract and sustain the finest faculty
and staffthe agreement is testimony to the spirit of cooperation
in which we have worked," Goldstein also said. "I want
to thank Vice Chancellor Brenda Malone and her negotiating
team for their dedication, and for the hard work that brought
us to a successful conclusion."
PSC President Barbara Bowen characterized the agreement as
"a break-through contract for the PSC. Our goal coming into
the negotiating was to use collective bargaining to rebuild
CUNY as a nationally pre-eminent institution...We have succeeded
despite a very difficult economic climate."
"There are great things here for our members, our students,
and the University itselfnot only were we able to secure
significant salary increases, but we also addressed historic
inequities in salaries and made structural changes that will
strengthen the University," Bowen added.