CUNY Reaches Tentative Contract Agreement With Professional Staff Congress

The City University of New York and the union representing 20,000 faculty and staff have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement that provides for wage increases and additional support to the Welfare Fund while introducing significant efficiencies to strengthen academic activities, research and the educational experience for students.

The tentative agreement with the Professional Staff Congress is subject to ratification by the union rank and file membership and to adoption by the Board of Trustees. The pact settles the terms of the collective bargaining agreement for the period November 1, 2002 through September 19, 2007.

"This agreement is responsive to our faculty and staff while providing efficiencies and savings that allow us to enhance academic programs, research and student support as we build upon CUNY’s renewal," said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

Key provisions of the agreement call for three additional faculty workdays to enhance services to students and to support other campus-related activities. The University and the union agreed to seek state approval to expand the faculty tenure period to seven years from the current five years, in keeping with the national standard, which will give faculty additional time to focus on research, writing and other scholarly requirements for obtaining tenure.

The pact also calls for additional support for the Welfare Fund, including a one-time contribution of approximately $30 million to restore the Fund’s depleted reserves, a $200 per capita increase contribution, and a recurring annual cash contribution of approximately $2.2 million.

The pact also calls for additional support for research: enhanced fellowship leave awards, additional research time for untenured faculty, reduction of the teaching workload at The New York City College of Technology and an increase in the number of Distinguished Professors University-wide.
Under the terms of the pact, wages will increase as follows:

  • 2.50% effective May 1, 2004
  • 2.75% effective May 1, 2005
  • 3.00% effective May 1, 2006
  • $800 increase to base salary for full-time employees effective September 19, 2007
  • 1% uncompounded increase for part-time employees effective September 19, 2007