How About This?: Adjunct City University of New York Professors To See Pay 71% Increase Under Tentative Contract, That’s Right – 71%!
(STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK) - The salaries for Adjunct Professors at City University of New York (CUNY) Colleges will increase at least 71% under an announced five-year Tentative Contract Agreement that has been reached between the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) Union and CUNY for the nearly 30,000 Full- and Part-Time Faculty and Professional Staff employed at campuses across the five New York City Boroughs.
Salaries across the board will be raised by more than 10%, through annual increases of 2%. Starting pay for Adjunct Faculty will increase by 71% - paying $6,750 per course for Adjuncts with the highest title. The minimum salary will be increased to $5,500 for a three-credit course by the end of the contract, which is up from the current $3,222 minimum.
The contract agreement comes months after Members of the College of Staten Island (CSI) Faculty Staff held a rally at the Willowbrook Campus calling for a salary increase through a new contract and increased funding for CUNY Colleges.
At the rally in March, the CSI Chapter of the PSC Union demanded compensation of $7,000 per course for Adjunct Faculty.
George Sanchez, who is Chair of the Union’s CSI Chapter, said in March that if an Adjunct Lecturer taught a full load of eight courses for a full school year under the current salary, the average annual pay would be $28,000.
The average annual pay for a Full-Time Lecturer teaching the same course load is currently $74,000, he explained at the time.
In addition to wage gains, the new contract will restructure the workload of Adjunct Faculty to enable them to devote more time to working individually with students, as well as advising, holding office hours and engaging in professional development and similar activities.
The term of the new contract would be retroactive from December 1st through February 28th, 2023 - pending approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees and ratification by the Union’s Membership.
If approved and ratified, all of CUNY’s Unionized Workforce will be under a Collective Bargaining Agreement.
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