In an effort to increase youth voter turnout, PSC members at Hostos held a "talk, text and vote," where students talked to others about the upcoming elections.
Building on the last contract fight, a city-wide coalition has put forth an agenda to keep CUNY affordable and robust with a full-time faculty.
After union pressure, CUNY announced the dates for higher salary rates and ratification bonuses that were negotiated in the recently-ratified contract. Bonuses were paid to employees receiving state paychecks (senior colleges and graduate schools) on October 13 and to employees receiving city paychecks (community colleges) on October 21. Higher salary rates and retroactive pay will go into effect no later than January.
For members with questions/problems, the first step the union recommends is that members contact those responsible for payroll in their college HR Office for an explanation of what was paid or not. If members believe there is a problem, then they should contact the PSC Office armed with responses from HR.
CUNY Rising, a coalition of the PSC and other community and student allies, has issued a student bill of rights, which envisions what every student is entitled to at New York City's public colleges.
The union is moving forward on a major gain in the new contract for HEOs by helping create labor-managment committees where reclassification and assignment differential requests will be awarded.
The new PSC-CUNY contract awarded sign-on bonuses to union members. In October, members began to see the extra money, and they share how they plan to spend the money.
The newly ratified collective bargaining agreement has a new provision securing multiyear appointments for adjunct faculty.
While the anti-union case Friedrichs ended in a 4-4 deadlock, the right-wing has more court cases lined up in order to cripple public-sector unions.
This November's election is not only about the presidential race, but key races could reshape the New York state legislature and the state's congressional delegation.
Students and professors are still waiting for the CUNY administration to address allegations of NYPD surveillance of Muslim students.