September 26 Rally: Tell Cuomo and CUNY We Demand $7K Per Course Now!
Rally on Tuesday, September 26
3:30: Meet at Cuomo’s Manhattan office, 633 3rd Ave
4:30: Rally outside CUNY Central, 205 E 42nd St
With the contract expiring in November, it’s time to put pressure on our bosses to pay us a fair, living wage: $7000 per course minimum. Join us for a rally organized by a coalition of adjuncts and graduate teaching fellows including activists from CUNY Struggle, the Adjunct Project, and the Committee for Adjuncts and Part-Timers.
$7k is the only foundation on which real structural changes in adjunct working conditions can take place. It is not unrealistic: the contingent faculty unions at Tufts University and Barnard College both won minimum per-course rates of at least $7,000 for the coming academic year. CUNY can afford it too—currently it spends only 5% of its $5 billion annual revenue on adjuncts’ wages, who comprise over half the faculty and teach over half the classes.
Furthermore, we demand genuine job security in the form of a seniority system, rather than restricted and risky three-year contracts. Only direct action can achieve both fair wages and job security.
We invite everyone in the CUNY community and NYC labor movement to struggle with us for greater investment in public higher education and for an end to the exploitation of CUNY faculty. Here’s a link to the facebook event, please share widely!