Ten thousand College Assistants, Statisticians and other non-pedagogical employees working at the City University of New York who are represented by District Council 37 will finally begin receiving the raises and retroactive pay in August that were promised under the union contract ratified at the end of last year.
DC 37 reached a deal with the city public university system in November that granted the employees 8.24 percent in raises over a 52-month period. More than 98 percent of members who voted on the contract a month later supported it. The agreement also included retroactive pay dating back to February 2017 and the state paid-family-leave benefit.
Delayed by Accounting Snafu
But technical problems in CUNY’s accounting systems resulted in staff not seeing the raises reflected in their paychecks. The problem has affected employees represented by Locals 375, 384, 983, 1407, 1597, 2054 and 2627. The delay sparked confusion, and members voiced their frustration at recent Board of Trustees hearings.
“After much pushing and pressuring management, we have confirmed CUNY pay dates,” DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido said in a statement. “To the members of CUNY, thank you for your support and your patience.”
Spokesman Frank Sobrino said that CUNY would “continue to work closely with the union to ensure that staff are paid what they are due in the near future.”
Staff will begin receiving the higher rates between Aug. 1 and Aug. 23, depending on their title.
On a separate issue, recently-retired faculty who are members of the city Teachers’ Retirement System and are represented by the Professional Staff Congress have pushed for CUNY to provide TRS with the educators’ most-recent salaries so that the pension system could recalculate their monthly payments. That issue has not been resolved.
‘Get Their Act Together’
Local 2627 President Laura Morand, who represents Computer Service Technicians and other information technology workers, said it was a “damn shame that it took this long” for the non-pedagogical staff to get their raises and back pay.
“CUNY’s got to get their act together,” she said during a phone interview, adding that the university-system’s management went radio-silent on the issue. “We’re grateful that our members are going to get the money they deserve, but a bunch of people suffered.”
Many workers across the locals are part-time staff, and some earned minimum wage. Ms. Moran emphasized that the members she represents often made less than their counterparts working in the mayoral agencies.
“One of my members was on the verge of being evicted and was counting on that money to catch up,” she said.
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