An agreement between the City University of New York, the Professional Staff Congress (its faculty union) and state and city officials has provided a long-term financing plan for providing health insurance for CUNY adjunct instructors. Through the union's contract negotiations with CUNY, funds were provided to the union's Welfare Fund in the past, but the fund has been unable to keep up as more adjuncts were hired, and both faculty and university leaders have feared that the adjuncts could lose coverage. Under the agreement, the adjuncts will be covered through the City of New York benefits program. The university and the union issued a joint press release announcing the shift.
To qualify, adjuncts must have at least a six-credit courseload and not be covered by another plan. About 1,800 adjuncts will receive benefits through the new program.