News & Events

"The conflict spilled into view this week, with ads published in several newspapers" reported WNYC's and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" in a story about Pathways on March 21st.. Click here to listen to PSC President Barbara Bowen and CUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Lexa Logue interviewed by WNYC's Amy Eddings.

CUNY FACULTY MOUNT PUBLIC CAMPAIGN AGAINST NEW CORE CURRICULUM, “PATHWAYS”

AD CAMPAIGN SAYS: LISTEN TO THE FACULTY, CUNY. DON’T SACRIFICE QUALITY.

New York—Dr. Blanche Wiesen Cook, distinguished professor of history at John Jay College, and Dr. Manfred Philipp, professor of chemistry at Lehman College, are featured in a new ad campaign opposing Pathways, CUNY’s new core curriculum. The ads express opposition voiced by thousands of CUNY professors over the last two years.

PSC President Barbara Bowen sent a letter supporting Brooklyn College President Karen Gould's defense of academic freedom and the Brooklyn College Political Science Department in their co-sponsorship of a forum on the BDS movement, which calls for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel.

Rudy Fichtenbaum, president of the American Association of University Professors, also wrote to President Gould praising her "courageous defense of the principles of academic freedom." (Read his letter.)

Gould’s defense of academic freedom drew fire from a group of politicians (their letter) who wrongly equate the political science department’s co-sponsorship of the forum with an endorsement of the views expressed by the BDS movement.

PSC President Bowen sent a second letter to this group of politicians saying “a college president who stands up for academic freedom at CUNY—where academic freedom has come under repeated assault in recent years—should be applauded by “progressive” politicians, not bullied.”

New York--Mayor Bloomberg proclaimed Thursday, January 24, 2013 as CUNY Research Foundation Day in the City of New York and Governor Cuomo has issued a citation celebrating the Research Foundation’s 50th Anniversary. The CUNY Research Foundation is a private entity that manages private and government sponsored programs at The City University of New York (CUNY). The Research Foundations’ Central Office Workers represented by PSC/CUNY would celebrate too, if they had a fair contract offer on the table.

For many members of the instructional staff, December 1st was the date when colleges sent out notices of reappointment and non-reappointment. Notice of the decision for full-time faculty in their first full year of service must be received by April 1. For full-time faculty in subsequent years of service, notice of decision must be received by December 1. Adjuncts must receive written notice of reappointment or non-reappointment by December 1 in the fall semester and May 1 in the spring semester.

If you are dealing with losses resulting from Superstorm Sandy, please fill out this form the union is using to target support to members in need.

A group of PSC members and staff have been trained to help with the FEMA registration process. Our statewide affiliate, NYSUT, has a Storm Relief Fund that you may qualify for, and the union has information about other programs that can help with repairs and rebuilding, financial losses, food assistance, counseling, etc. After the PSC receives your form submission, we will contact you with the relevant resources and information.

The NYSUT Storm Relief Fund will provide small grants (typically $250-$500) to approved applicants, who have incurred (or will incur) certain storm-related losses that are not otherwise paid for by insurance or other reimbursements.

Happy Thanksgiving from the PSC! If you still have some shopping to do for a holiday meal, check out this link for a union-made thanksgiving shopping list, courtesy of Labor 411 and the AFL-CIO.
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In response to the impact of Superstorm Sandy on many of its employees, CUNY has announced a policy that will permit each college to set up an emergency Annual Leave Bank to which full-time salaried CUNY employees (both instructional and classified staff) who earn annual leave (not F/T teaching or counseling faculty) can donate up to 5 days of their accrued annual leave.

The PSC fully supports the right of CUNY faculty to elect their department chairs, as established in the CUNY bylaws. When faculty vote to make a change in their department leadership, as happened recently with the English department at Queensborough Community College (QCC), the college president should accept the results of the vote and honor the wishes of the faculty.

Diane Call, the president of QCC, has informed the English department on that campus that she will reject their near three-fourths majority vote to elect a new chair.

Hundreds of CUNY faculty have signed a petition from the QCC English department faculty urging President Call to reconsider her decision to deny their vote for chair. Please add your name to the petition.

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