CUNY employees win contract

The City University of New York and District Council 37, which represents staff who don’t have a direct role in educating students, reached a tentative contract May 10.

DC37 employees will get a 7-year contract covering Nov. 1, 2009, through Jan. 31, 2017. The contract provides 10.41 percent in compounded wage increases. There will also be a $1,000 signing bonus and an annual $200 increase to the welfare fund per employee, active or retired.

The Professional Staff Congress, which represents staff with a more direct role in students’ education, like teachers and librarians, issued a statement that same day asking its members to put pressure on state lawmakers in Albany. The latest offer the PSC has gotten from CUNY was for 6 percent over seven years, which doesn’t even cover inflation.