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On April 24 Barbara Bowen, Chairperson of the Welfare
Fund Board of Trustees and President of the PSC, sent the following
letter to adjuncts on the health insurance plan.
Adjunct health insurance through the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund has
been extended for a year and two months-through June 30,
2014. An agreement between the PSC and CUNY on the 14-month
extension was reached today, and was supported by a vote by the
Welfare Fund Board of Trustees.
I had hoped to be able to announce a permanent shift of adjunct
health insurance to the City of New York, but agreement with the
City has not been reached. Rather than ask you to live in
uncertainty any longer, the PSC worked with CUNY to negotiate an
extension of the current adjunct health insurance program through
the Welfare Fund. We are grateful to the CUNY administration
and to the Welfare Fund Trustees and staff.
The PSC will provide more information in a subsequent message,
but the important news for you is that coverage through the Welfare
Fund will continue to be available. Coverage through the Welfare
Fund is not a permanent solution, and the union will continue to
work with CUNY on a long-term structural solution. Meanwhile,
we have agreed on the extension. Details about the agreement
I regret deeply the anxiety the constant renewals have caused
you. All of us on the PSC negotiating committee hope that the
14-month extension will offer some sense of health security while
we continue to work on the long-term plan. Thank you for your
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