• Excessive Heat WARNING in effect for:

  • Bronx, NY

CUNY teachers hold rally for education and wage justice

Posted: Updated:
THE BRONX -

Teachers, students and supporters of CUNY Schools held a rally at the Bronx County Courthouse Friday demanding lawmakers put an end to what they call a CUNY funding crisis.

State and city funding for CUNY has reduced over the years. Adjunct professors are earning poverty wages – making an average of $3,500 per course, which comes out to $28,000 a year. They are demanding $7,000 per course.

"Our students need us to be there for them at our best and that means not hungry, not exhausted, and not rushing to another job," says Carly Smith, of Professional Staff Congress (PSC), which represents CUNY teachers who have been working without a contract for the past 15 months.

Many say they have had to take on a second job.

"We're not asking for the world. We're just asking for access to the world," says Smith.

Teachers hope a raise will be part of the state budget, which is due on April 1.

 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."