WE AGREE: that's why we're pledging to support a strike, as PSC members, agency-fee payers, and allies, that centers actionable movement toward three longstanding adjunct demands, plus one longstanding student demand, all of which are absent in current bargaining with CUNY management:
1) pay parity: $7,000 minimum starting salary for all adjuncts per course.
2) real job protection (not short-term contracts) that includes a seniority system.
3) workload flexibility that ends the union-imposed 9/6 rule restricting the number of credits adjuncts can teach both in total and on a given campus.
4) free tuition, including a roll-back of the 2011-2016 tuition hikes.
Finally, we demand a strike-relief fund to cover any fines assessed to adjuncts, the most vulnerable sector of the bargaining unit to strike repercussions.
For a strike to be successful, the union will need to organize and mobilize everyone, including and most especially the majority of the bargaining unit: adjuncts. At present there's no reason for adjuncts and allies to strike for a contract that will, by privileging an equal-percentage across-the-board raise, simply extend and increase the pay disparity between adjuncts and full-time faculty, while preserving current job insecurity and restrictions on course hours.
A fair, progressive contract must intercede in the exploitation of CUNY adjuncts and the increasing financial barrier to students. Anything less than that leaves in place an unfair, non-progressive status quo.
*Names of signatories will be held confidentially by the organizers of this pledge.*