Tuesday at 3:40 p.m. I sent an open letter to Barbara Bowen, president of the Professional Staff Congress, CUNY’s union, with the subject line “Open letter re your De Blasio statement & your exclusion of adjuncts and graduate student workers.” I copied the union’s first vice-president, treasurer, vice-president for part-time personnel, and executive director on the email, all people we Adjunct Project coordinators have worked with, or attempted to work with, this academic year. I also copied 11 of the 12 members of the newly reconstituted (and elected) Graduate Center chapter slate, omitting one member because I couldn’t find an email for that person. Finally, I copied two higher education officers (HEOs) at the Graduate Center, one of whom is a cross-campus officer on the executive council of the union, both of whom, working together, put together the Graduate Center slate (with no input solicited from the Adjunct Project).
There have been two responses from these 18 people to date (see the last update for details).
Additionally, a member of the Graduate Center chapter slate, who was not one of the recipients of the letter because I couldn’t find her email address, has signed the letter.
I am now sending the letter again to the aforementioned recipients, plus the Graduate Center chapter slate member who signed the letter (as I now have her email address), along with the names and affiliations of the 147 signers.
The union leaders and chapter leaders are supposed to represent us. It’s not the other way around.
Read and sign the letter here, or leave a comment here, or email me at kennedy [dot] sean [at] gmail [dot] com.
There are now 147 of us, from across CUNY and the U.S., inside and outside of higher ed.