CUNY faculty win right to bargain IP

by E Wayne Ross on June 25, 2005

PSC Wins Decisive Victory on Right to Bargain IP

The Professional Staff Congress/CUNY (PSC) struck a blow for the right of public employees to have a say in their working conditions when, on June 7, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court, 1st Department, unanimously held that City University of New York violated New York State law by refusing to negotiate with the union over a new policy governing faculty members’ ownership rights of their intellectual property. The court’s decision overturned a ruling by the State Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”). The case now returns to PERB for the agency to formulate a remedy for CUNY’s violations.