Petition Closed

The Board of Trustees just raised the very highest salaries at CUNY even higher—and at a rate faster than inflation. On June 25, 2012, the Board approved salary range increases of more than 22% for deans, presidents, and Central administrators. The Chancellor's maximum salary jumped 54% to $724,470, not including other forms of compensation, such as housing.

This is a shameful use of taxpayer and tuition dollars, especially when students are facing new hikes, departments remain on hiring freeze, and faculty and staff continue to work without a contract. 

In the spirit of shared sacrifice and public accountability, executive salaries must be held in check. CUNY needs leaders dedicated to public higher education, not greedy executives looking for a handout. The trustees must limit executive pay and save tuition dollars for student aid.

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For updated information on executive pay increases, see http://occupycunynews.org/tag/executive-pay.

Letter to
CUNY Board of Trustees Rita DiMartino
CUNY Board of Trustees Sam Sutton
CUNY Board of Trustees Jeffrey Weisenfeld
and 17 others
CUNY Board of Trustees Kafui Kouakou
Vice-Chancellor for Human Resources Mangamenet Gloriana Waters
CUNY Board of Trustees Benno Schmidt
CUNY Board of Trustees Valerie Lancaster Beal
CUNY Board of Trustees Philip Berry
Secretary of the Board Jay Hershenson
CUNY Board of Trustees Charles Shorter
CUNY Board of Trustees Carol Robles-Roman
CUNY Board of Trustees Jeffrey Wiesenfeld
CUNY Board of Trustees Peter Pantaleo
CUNY Board of Trustees Wellington Chen
CUNY Board of Trustees Frieda Foster
CUNY Board of Trustees Judah Gribetz
CUNY Board of Trustees Joseph Lhota
CUNY Board of Trustees Hugo Morales
CUNY Board of Trustees Kathleen Pesile
Deputy Secretary of the Board Hourig Messerlian
I am joining the hundreds of petitioners who have expressed deep concerns over revisions to CUNY's Executive Salary and Compensation Plan.

The approved changes raise the very highest salaries at CUNY even higher—and at a rate faster than inflation, as noted previously in the New York Times. This is a shameful use of taxpayer and tuition dollars, especially when students are being burdened with tuition hikes, departments remain on hiring freeze, and faculty and staff continue to work without a contract.

In the spirit of shared sacrifice and public accountability, executive salaries must be held in check. We want leaders who are dedicated to the mission of public higher education, not greedy executives looking to CUNY for a handout.

I urge you to rescind increases in executive pay and save tuition dollars for student aid.

Sincerely,