TC3 Adjunct Association Membership

Membership in the TC3AA is open to any TC3 adjunct or tutor who taught and/or tutored at any time in the 2015-16 academic year.

You can download a TC3AA membership application here.

Below are some “Frequently Asked Questions” about membership.

**********************************************************************************************************************************************FAQs About TC3AA Membership

 *Wait, didn’t I already sign something last year? Didn’t that make me a member?
In the 2014-15 academic year a majority of TC3 adjuncts signed “union authorization cards” so yes, it’s very likely you signed one too but, no, that doesn’t make you a member of the TC3AA. Those authorization cards were submitted to the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), the government agency charged with overseeing unions and workers in the public sector and were not connected with TC3AA membership. Also, under existing NY State labor law, those cards “expired” after six months. That’s relevant because of a pending legal case that affects our union. Although our “parent” unions, NY State United Teachers, the National Education Association, and the American Federation of Teachers recognize the TC3AA as the union of TC3’s adjuncts, the College does not. TC3’s Administration asserts that adjuncts should merge with the existing fulltime faculty union. The TC3AA (as well as the existing fulltime faculty union) believe there should be separate unions for fulltime faculty and adjuncts since each of these employee groups have very different jobs and interests. In June 2015, PERB conducted a hearing held on this matter in Syracuse. We are currently awaiting a judge’s decision on whether our adjunct-only union can be certified as the official union for TC3’s adjuncts, or if we will have to merge with the existing fulltime faculty union. We expect his decision will be issued sometime in Spring 2016 and we expect that it will be favorable to our position. Since it has been more than six months since authorization cards were signed, when the judge issues his decision it will be necessary for us to show PERB that a majority of TC3 adjuncts still are in favor of union representation. At this point we believe that union membership cards are a stronger way to show that a majority of TC3 adjuncts still favor union representation.

*I didn’t sign anything, not even that union authorization card last year. Can I join anyhow?
Yes, you’re not only allowed to join the union, you are encouraged to do so! One of TC3AA’s goals has always been to form as democratic and inclusive an organization as possible. The more TC3AA members, the better!

*Why should I join the Union?
Because the more adjuncts who are union members, the stronger an organization we’ll be. Joining the TC3AA will also enable you to participate in some important upcoming votes including the ratification of a Constitution and By-laws of the TC3AA. Eventually, down the road when a first contract is negotiated, only members will have the right to participate in the ratification vote. Essentially (and crucially), being a TC3AA member gives you a voice in your Union. Additionally, your TC3AA membership will also give you most membership privileges in our affiliates, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the National Education Association (NEA), and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

*Do I have to pay dues to be a member of TC3AA? Are there initiation fees?
There are no initiation fees. As for dues, our “parent” unions — NYSUT/NEA/AFT — have a firm policy of not charging any dues until our first contract with the College is negotiated, ratified, and implemented (ie not charging any dues until AFTER we are receiving our union-negotiated raise). Even then, dues are pro-rated based on your TC3 earnings. Most adjuncts in NYSUT/AFT affiliates pay somewhere between 1-1.5% of their gross adjunct earnings; those who don’t teach very much typically pay less than $40/year. In terms of local dues — monies which will stay within the our TC3AA treasury — those can be set only by a vote of the local membership. In any case, local dues are always even more nominal than NYSUT/AFT dues. It’s very likely that in the near future the TC3AA Executive Council will hold a membership vote on local dues in which members will be asked to vote on a proposed local dues rate of $1/year (no, that’s not a typo, only one dollar a year) for the 2016-17 calendar year.

*I’m a UUP/NYSUT member at SUNY Cortland. So I’m already a TC3AA member, right?
Wrong. NYSUT/AFT locals are autonomous. In order to have voting rights in the union that will represent you at TC3, you need to join the TC3AA.

*Is my name going to appear in a list of members on a flyer or on the web? Are you going to give a copy of my membership form to the College? Is there going to be a posting of members in the Adjunct Office?
No, no, and no. We HOPE you’ll boast about your TC3AA membership to your family and friends (and even strangers) but we don’t “announce” members’ names publically and we don’t share our membership lists with TC3.

*What is the downside of joining the TC3AA?
There isn’t any.

*I have another question that hasn’t been addressed here.
Contact us! Please feel free to reach out to any member of the TC3AA Executive Council or email us at tc3adjunctassociation@gmail.com.

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