Who We Are

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We are the union of the 25,000 professors, counselors, adjuncts, lecturers, registrars, technologists, program directors and others who work at The City University of New York and the CUNY Research Foundation. CUNY works because we do.

Every day, we teach and support the more than 539,000 students who attend CUNY, working to realize the university’s founding vision, which was radical in 1847 and may still be radical today: “education for the children of the people, the children of the whole people.”

As a union of academic workers at the country’s oldest and largest public urban university, the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY believes that our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions. When the union takes a stand for fair compensation and working conditions for our members, we are taking a stand for our students’ right to an education.

Through the power of the organized membership, the PSC:

  • advances our professional and economic rights—both individual and collective
  • negotiates the collective bargaining agreements with CUNY that establish our salaries, health benefits and working conditions
  • demands public investment in public higher education
  • protects tenure, academic freedom and the rights of our members
  • mobilizes faculty, staff and students to defend our interests
  • supports members’ research and professional development
  • works in coalitions to promote social, economic and educational justice
  • reimagines the university as a space of intellectual freedom, openness and debate.

The PSC is your union. Its resources belong to the whole membership. Make it the union you want it to be by joining and becoming active.


Like many labor unions, the PSC is affiliated with several larger labor organizations. By affiliating, unions magnify their power and extend their reach in city, state and federal politics. A portion of the dues paid by members helps to support our affiliates, and the PSC plays an energetic role in shaping our affiliates’ policies.

The PSC is a “local” (Local 2334) of one of the largest labor unions in the country, the American Federation of Teachers, which represents more higher education workers than any other union. Through the AFT, the PSC is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

The PSC is also affiliated with the The American Association of University Professors (AAUP), historically the guardian of academic freedom and tenure.

The PSC is a partner with the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, a new grassroots national campaign to support quality higher education.

At the state level, the PSC is an affiliate of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), which includes education unions throughout the state and is a major force in Albany, and the Working Families Party, which is a progressive grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor unions. In New York City, we are part of two city labor bodies: the NYC Central Labor Council (CLC), which is the municipal affiliate of the AFL-CIO and represents 1.2 million workers in private and public-sector unions, and the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC), which represents public-sector workers and negotiates the health insurance for New York City employees.