The Road to Cayuga
Take 13 South to 38 North. Continue on 38 for about thirty-four miles as it winds its way north, taking on alternate identities of Railroad Street, Main Street, and West Cayuga Street. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto Lake Street, then turn left onto Owasco which is 38A. Make a left onto Franklin. Arrive at 197 Franklin Street, Cayuga Community College.
It’s fewer than forty miles in all and, in normal traffic conditions, it should take you 56 minutes. That’s the preferred route.
Then there’s the OTHER road to Cayuga. This is the road to Cayuga which detours hundreds of miles to Albany, a journey which might take you years (if you’re lucky) to complete. This is the road to Cayuga where you and a majority of your adjunct colleagues decide you want union representation to improve your jobs and, by extension, your students’ success but — instead of respecting the will of the majority — your employer uses taxpayer money to fund a continuing legal battle at the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) in an attempt to make the whole process of forming a union so long and so onerous that you give up.
That’s the road we don’t want: the one Cayuga administration erected roadblocks on in Spring 2014 after a majority of CCC adjuncts signed cards in favor of union representation, the one clogged with legal traffic which isn’t going to clear for many more months if not years, the one littered with the taxpayer dollars Cayuga wastes battling its own employees.
That’s the road TC3 has started down but still has time to turn around.
On June 10th and June 11th, a hearing was conducted in Syracuse by a judge from the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), the State agency which oversees unions and workers in the public sector. At the hearing, representatives of the TC3AA and the Tompkins Cortland Community College Faculty Association presented arguments about why adjuncts should have their own union, separate from that of the fulltime faculty. TC3’s attorney argued the College’s position, that a combined unit of both fulltime faculty and adjuncts was more appropriate. Legal briefs from each party will be due by the end of the September and then the judge will deliberate and eventually (most likely sometime this semester) issue his ruling. We anticipate the judge in the TC3AA case will rule in favor of two separate unions — just like the judge from the Cayuga hearing did. But we hope that, unlike their counterparts at CCC, President Haynes and the TC3 Board of Trustees will respect the judge’s decision and not continue to waste taxpayer monies (not to mention employee goodwill) on a continued fight.
Help us persuade President Haynes and the TC3 Board of Trustees to change course and get on the high road: the one where once a judge from the Public Employee Relations Board rules in our favor, the College respects the judicial decision, recognizes our Union, and — just like they do with every other employee at TC3 — sits down with us at the bargaining table to negotiate a fair contract which covers all the terms and conditions of our employment.