Tell Washington to Reject the Graham-Cassidy Bill
The Graham-Cassidy bill is being sold as a compromise—but it’s not. It’s just as bad as every form of Trumpcare that we’ve seen so far and, once again, favors the powerful over the vulnerable. This bill would strip millions of their healthcare, increase premiums for working families, deny coverage for pre-existing conditions and punish states that expanded Medicaid. Write Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today and tell them to reject this bill. Even better, use this AFT web tool to call their offices.
The Professional Staff Congress/CUNY rejects the statement by Michael Isaacson about imagining his students dead. Isaacson’s statement is anathema to the teaching profession. It in no way represents the position of the PSC as a union or the tens of thousands of CUNY faculty—both full-time faculty and adjuncts—who choose to work at CUNY because of a profound commitment to the diverse and largely working-class students we are privileged to teach. But the right of free speech protects even repugnant speech, and every worker should be entitled to due process. The PSC will vigorously defend the due-process rights of every CUNY employee - both full time and part-time - we represent.
New full-time faculty and staff members at CUNY have 30 days from the effective date of their appointment to choose a retirement program, and the choice is irrevocable. If no choice is filed within 30 days, the law mandates that the member be assigned to the New York Teachers' Retirement System (TRS). For an overview, go to the Pension section of the website. In particular, see the Choosing a Pension.
Part-time faculty and staff members don’t have a similar deadline, but waiting to sign up for pension benefits may mean leaving retirement money on the table. See Part-Time Pension Benefits.
Veteran full-timers: help reach out! Please reach out to your new colleagues, alerting them to deadline and pointing them to relevant information on the website.