After six years of no raises, CUNY profesors and staff delivered a wake-up call to university chancellor James B. Milliken, protesting in the early hours of
1 October 2015 in front of his $18,000 per month apartment, paid for by the university.
Over the past year CUNY professors and staff have been out in the streets protesting their five-year contract dispute with the university. With 83 percent of the city’s unions under contract, PSC-CUNY is left as the largest union without a contract, leaving 5,846 employees without scheduled raises.
In a recent email to CUNY professors and staff, PSC President Barbara Bowen told union members that they are prepared to strike if CUNY management fails to put a reasonable offer on the bargaining table.
“We’re prepared to escalate, and escalate and escalate,” says Bowen, whose next protest was planned for 4 November 2015. “At this point we feel we are going to have to take an action that is more disruptive, even unpermitted, to produce an offer.”