Alternative Strike Pledge for Adjuncts and Allies

"We, the undersigned members of the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, are committed to maximizing the power of our union in its five-year battle for a fair contract. We understand that the union needs the full force of our collective power to win a good contract and break the grip of austerity funding for CUNY." —PSC strike-authorization pledge

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.*

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