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Resolution on $7k or Strike

Proposed resolution to be considered at the chapter meeting on Thursday, April 26, 12:30-2pm in room 5414.

Whereas adjuncts make up 57% of the faculty at CUNY and teach 53% of classes, at an average
rate of $3,500 per three-credit class with no compensation for research or advising, amounting to
an annual salary of $28,000 for the same courseload as full-time professors, who make $76,000
at the lowest step;

Whereas adjunct poverty is detrimental to student success since adjuncts, who teach the majority
of lower-level courses, are forced to work additional jobs and consequently do not have the time
they need and want to dedicate their students;

Whereas devaluing adjunct labor is the principal means of devaluing the labor of CUNY
education workers across all titles;

Whereas the PSC has rightly put adjuncts at the center of the current contract campaign by
demanding an adjunct minimum wage of $7,000 per three-credit course in the next contract;

Whereas $7k per course amounts to a living wage in New York City and is parity with what a
full-time lecturer makes at CUNY for the same work;

Whereas $7k per course is a bigger demand than what the PSC has won in past contracts, which
rarely keep pace with inflation, and thus requires more than collective bargaining supplemented
by occasional demonstrations to win;

Whereas the PSC leadership has admitted in the 26 March 2018 bulletin This Week in the PSC
that “the campaign to more than double adjuncts’ pay will be waged not at the bargaining table”;

Whereas the inefficacy of lobbying is exemplified by the PSC’s persistent lobbying year after
year for the $200m Maintenance of Effort bill, which failed to stop Cuomo from vetoing it and
failed to convince state lawmakers from overriding the veto despite having enough votes;

Whereas educators across the country, especially in West Virginia where striking teachers won
5% raises for all state workers, have shown the power and necessity of striking as an alternative
means to achieving significant victories for workers;

Therefore be it resolved that the {Graduate Center Chapter of the PSC}/{members of the
Graduate Center of the PSC assembled at the 25 April 2018 chapter meeting} supports going on
strike if CUNY management does not offer $7k per course at the bargaining table.

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