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CUNY, union reach tentative labor contract.

WASHINGTON -- The City University of New York and the union representing its faculty and professional staff recently reached a tentative labor contract, but specifics have not been disclosed.

The settlement includes a retroactive salary increase for faculty and staff members of 9 percent over 27 months, from Aug. 1, 2000 through Oct. 31, 2002. A total of 17,600 CUNY employees would be covered by the agreement, with about 5,000 of those individuals employed by the system's six community colleges.

According to a joint statement released by CUNY and the union -- the Professional Staff Congress -- the terms include across-the-board salary increases and opportunities for research and professional development. The statement calls the agreement a major step forward in fulfilling the university's goals and a breakthrough contract for the union.

But some faculty members are displeased by the dearth of details.

"No one knows what's in the contract," said Dr. Martin Levine, a professor of chemistry and an occupational health and safety officer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, a CUNY institution. "To me, it's stupid to release a statement that leaves us anxiously awaiting the details."

Levine said many of his colleagues are as irritated as he is, because the last time there was a pay increase was last century. He said each time he contacts the union with questions about the contract, the union says details will be released within a few days. CUNY employees have been working without a labor contract since July 31, 2000.
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Author:Lane, Kristina
Publication:Community College Week
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Apr 1, 2002
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