The new academic year begins with a new level of resistance by PSC-CUNY members to the failure of CUNY management to make an offer for a contract.
The union is not sitting still. “Starting on the first day of this new academic year, the union will accept no more excuses,” PSC President Barbara Bowen told members.
The new term begins with an escalating series of actions, starting with emergency campus meetings, a demonstration outside the building where Chancellor James Milliken lives in a luxurious apartment – for which CUNY pays $19,500 a month – and a mass disruption later in the fall. In between, there will be teach-ins and teach-outs, and training available to union members on disruptive protest tactics and militant picket lines.
To be part of the action, mark dates for union-wide actions listed below and check the listings by campus for activities in your chapter.
To make a commitment to fight for your contract, sign up.
Check the PSC calendar, which will be continually updated.
In PSC’s six full bargaining sessions (and a dozen smaller negotiation meetings) since the union made a salary proposal in May, CUNY management has not moved to put money on the table. While almost every public employee union in the state has settled its contract this year, PSC members, who have been working without raises for nearly six years, are still waiting. Chancellor Milliken said in February that a new contract and retroactive raises are a priority, but change has yet to come.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 / Wake-up Call for Chancellor Milliken protest outside his expensive apartment on the morning of the CUNY Board of Trustees’ first meeting of the school year.
OCTOBER 19 – 30 / Teach-In, Teach-Out, Teach CUNY on CUNY campuses. Two weeks of local actions and activist curriculum.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 / Disruptive Mass Action
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 / PSC Mass Meeting
Campus and Chapter Meetings
BARUCH | Tuesday, September 8 12:30 – 2:30 pm / Room VC 14-250
BRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE |Thursday, September 10 / 12:00 – 1:50 pm / Room LH 36
BRONX EOC | Wednesday, September 9 / 1:00 pm / Room 117
BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE | Wednesday, September 16 2:00 pm / Room N452
BROOKLYN COLLEGE | Thursday, September 10 / 12:30 – 2:00 pm / 222 Whitehead Hall
BROOKLYN EOC | Tuesday, September 8 / 3:15 – 4:30 pm / Room 304
CENTRAL OFFICE | Wednesday, September 9 / 12:30 – 1:30 pm / Fifth floor training area, 395 Hudson Street
CITY COLLEGE | Thursday, September 17 /12:15 pm / Room NAC 4-220B
CITY TECH | Thursday, September 17 / 12:45 – 2:00 pm / Room N-1002
COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND |Tuesday, September 8 / 2:30 – 4:00 pm / Room 1P 201
THE GRADUATE CENTER | Thursday, September 10 / 12:30 – 2:00 pm / Room 9204-6
GUTTMAN | Wednesday, September 16 / 6:15 – 7:30 pm / Room 401
HOSTOS |Wednesday, September 16 / 2:30 pm / Room B503
HUNTER |Wednesday, September 9 / 1:00 – 3:00 pm / FDA Lounge, Eighth Floor West
JOHN JAY |Tuesday, September 8 / 1:30 pm / Ninth Floor Conference Room
KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE | Monday, September 21 / 3:00 – 4:30 pm / Room M239
LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE | Thursday, September 3 / 12:15 – 1:00 pm / Little Theater
LEHMAN |Thursday, September 10 / 3:30 pm / APEX Conference Room
MANHATTAN EOC |Thursday, September 3 / 1:00 – 2:00 pm / Rooms 1509 and 1510
MEDGAR EVERS |Wednesday, September 9 / 11:30 – 12:30 pm / Room B2008
QUEENS COLLEGE |Wednesday, September 16 / 12:15 – 1:30 pm / Dome
QUEENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE | Wednesday, September 2 / 12:00 pm / Faculty Dining Room
YORK COLLEGE |Thursday, August 27 / 12:00 – 1:50 pm / Room IM 06
RETIREES |Tuesday, September 8 / 1:00 – 3:00 pm / PSC Union Hall