The City University’s of New York consist of roughly 25,000 faculty and professional staff members. These faculty members have not seen a raise in over 5 years and have been without a contract since 2010. Of these 25,000 faculty members several hundreds came out to protest on November 4th for the right to receive a raise and a contract. This has been an ongoing battle between the Professional Staff Congress which is the union that represents the faculty. There’s a common theme between professor in CUNY which is they are fed up with how they are not being recognized for their work. “We are tired of this if we don’t get a contract the students will help us to shut it down,” said Anthony Gronowicz a professor from the Borough of Manhattan Community College. If we look at CUNY’S overall budget we see that Forty-five percent of CUNY’s $3.2 billion budget comes from the state. The other 10% comes from the city. While the other 45 percent is paid off by tuition. This may better help to understand how CUNY is receiving and help to understand how they are allocating their money. With Students giving a little less than half of CUNY’s budget many are upset that the teachers they are getting aren’t receiving the proper funding which in return can affect their education. “CUNY is not paying teachers which mean students are getting the best quality from their professors,” said Nikolai Jackson a Brooklyn College student.
CUNY has 20 senior/community colleges scattered throughout New York City. Of those 20 schools the faculty is predominately adjuncts compared to fulltime staff. This benefits CUNY because adjuncts only make a third of what a full time staffer would make. These adjuncts can affect students because when professors feel they are more at risk at they tend to do less innovative teaching.
CUNY offered a 6% raise that would go along with a contract. No agreement has been made yet but this is what CUNY had to say.
“The dedicated faculty and staff of The City University of New York are key to preparing an educated citizenry and workforce for the City and State of New York and it is important that we reach agreement on a contract long out of date.”
Protestors sat in front of the CUNY offices blocking the entrance and exit way. The faculty shouted “CUNY NEEDS A RASIE.” Police officers warned them numerous times to stand up and get away from the entrance. They did not comply and several dozen of them were arrested at the scene. There was no violence and the faculty knew they would eventually be arrested.
There will be continuing conversations between them both and they will continue to discuss contract deals. The link to the full story is below: