WHO WE ARE
Governing Board: Barbara Bowen,
Robert Cermele, James Davis, Iris Delutro, Anne Friedman, Cecelia McCall,
Marcia Newfield, Kathleen Offenholley, Michael Spear,
Blanca Vasquez, Paul Washington
Susan DiRaimo, Iris DeLutro, Steve Levine, Anselma Rodriquez, Michael Spear.
Caucus is the leadership caucus of the Professional Staff
Congress (PSC), the faculty and staff union at the City
University of New York. Union caucuses are like political
parties within the union. The New Caucus nominates
candidates for union offices and develops a progressive
vision for the union and CUNY that unites all its candidates
First elected 2000 – and re-elected three times since then, the
New Caucus slates have won the lead officer positions (Barbara
Bowen, Steve London, Mike Fabricant and Arthurine DeSola)
and the 27-member Executive Council. The current HEO and
CLT cross-campus leadership and most campus-based chapter
Executive Committees prevailed in elections as New Caucus
(or New Caucus supported) slates.
Even in the face of two economic crises (post 911 and the
current economic meltdown), New Caucus leadership has
mobilized membership, built strategic alliances and
accomplished the following:
ENHANCED THE PROFESSIONAL LIVES
OF OUR MEMBERS
►Won equity increases resulting in salary jump from 35% to
in lower-paid titles.
►Increased the very top salary steps by 34% over three contracts
(e.g. the very highest step from $86,619 to $116,364).
►Enhanced equity in the following titles – lecturer, CLT,
assistant-to-HEO and adjunct)
►Increased adjunct pay through the creation of a fully paid
►Won 24 credits of re-assigned time for junior faculty
preparing for research and scholarship.
►Increased sabbatical pay to 80%.
►Created a Professional Development Fund for CUNY HEOs, CLTs,
CETs and adjuncts.
►Won paid parental leave and sick-leave banking provisions.
►Won major overtime pay lawsuit for HEOs
►Won 35-hour workweek arbitration for HEOs.
►Saved 13-B Protections for HEOs.
►Won approval for 200 new full time lines for
►Won annual reappointment for eligible adjuncts.
►Defended academic freedom and shared
by demanding the reversal of
Trustees’ decision on Tony Kushner’s honorary degree, opposing
abrogation of faculty governance by “Pathways” and more.
►Protected members’ rights to Travia leave
through an arbitration victory.
►Won Pension equity for TIAA/CREF members with TRS. (resulting
in a 3% increase in take-home pay)
our pensions, stopping the imposition of a new inferior Tier V
ordered by former Governor David Paterson.
pay differential for CLTs and Assistants to HEO with Master’s or
►Led the Fight on
Pathways to uphold faculty rights and democratic
and Stabilized Adjunct Health Insurance by negotiating public
financing and movement to the City health care plan.
Workload Equity at City Tech and CSI .
BUILT A STRONGER CUNY
agenda in Albany and City Hall to (1) reverse a 15-year pattern
of declining CUNY funding and (2) expand full-time faculty and
Albany and City Hall to increase capital spending on buildings
►Made health and
safety a center-stage issue at CUNY, including major initiatives
regarding BMCC’s Fiterman Hall, CCNY’s Marshak Hall and Bronx
►Pushed CUNY to allocate more resources to counseling.
a powerful political operation that elected CUNY-friendly
politicians and won better senior and community college budgets.
significant electoral power, notably in our Influential endorsement of
BUILT A NATIONAL AGENDA FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
►Worked with the
AFT on a national program to reverse the “Academic Staffing
and won anti-war resolutions in NYSUT and the AFT
►Built alliances with local and national immigrant rights groups
around access to higher education.
►Mobilized the biggest labor local contingent in the September
2014 People's Climate March.
INCREASED THE POWER OF THE UNION
expanded grievance and contract enforcement efforts.
►Brought adjuncts into the union as full members.
Department Chairs from being taken out of the union.
campus chapters that win victories on issues such as workplace
safety, faculty computer access, timely pay for adjuncts, and
movement up salary steps.
►Established new representation for HEOs, Adjuncts and Retirees
on the Executive Council.
new CUNY RF Chapters.
EXPANDED ACCESS TO CUNY
legislation defending the rights of immigrant students to
►Waged a strong
campaign with community groups to restore the rights of
thousands of people on welfare to gain access to CUNY.
students to oppose tuition increases and to reform TAP by making
it more equitable.
►Supported students by working with the City Council to initiate
safety-net scholarships and save the Vallone scholarships.
up for students by opposing endless tuition increases,
supporting undocumented students in their quest for education,
demanding more resources, opposing repression of dissent.
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