News & Events

The New York Times called Albany’s property tax cap plan a "cheap political tool...that will only further devastate communities." NYSUT, PSC’s statewide affiliate, is fighting hard to block or significantly change the legislation, but the political situation is challenging and time is running out. We need every one of our members to pitch in to help get the job done.

City Council Higher Education Chair Ydanis Rodriguez has called a rally/news conference for this Friday, June 3 at 11 am at the steps of City Hall. PSC Secretary Arthurine DeSola will speak at the event along with student activists and other council members.

The news conference/rally will precede a public hearing at Emigrant Savings Bank (49-51 Chambers Street) where CUNY officials will testify about the impact of the Mayor’s Executive Budget. The public cannot offer testimony until Monday afternoon at 3:30 pm.

New York— The Mayor’s latest round of proposed cuts to CUNY would undermine already-degraded learning and working conditions at the City University of New York (CUNY), according to Barbara Bowen, president of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC/CUNY), the union that represents faculty and professional staff at CUNY.

At its monthly meeting on Monday, May 2nd, the CUNY Board of Trustees denied authorization to John Jay College to grant an honorary degree to Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner at its spring commencement. After a firestorm of protest, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, on Monday, May 9th, reversed the Board's initial decision and voted to grant Kushner an honorary degree.

Paul Washington
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A strong PSC contingent, conspicuously visible, helped make the May Day rally in Foley a resounding success. Paul Washington, representing the union, gave a passionate and pointed address to the crowd highlighting the assault austerity budgets mount on communities of color and working people in general.

During the week of April 4, the labor movement, progressive organizations, the faith community, students, academics and concerned Americans from all walks of life are commemorating the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King with solidarity marches for economic and social justice.

Albany made a choice, just a few hours before dawn on March 31, to crush the hopes of a generation of students while handing out tax breaks for the richest New Yorkers.

By John Tarleton

More than 150 CUNY faculty, staff and students decended on the State Capitol March 23 to protest against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget cuts. Thirty-three people were arrested when they peacefully blockaded the entrance to Cuomo’s office, making headlines across the state for challenging the political establishment’s drive to impose austerity on ordinary New Yorkers while bestowing tax cuts upon the State’s wealthiest residents. Below are the voices of some of the participants.

Community, tenant, trade union and student activists protesting outside legislative chambers on 3/30.
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Frances Fox Piven (CUNY Graduate Center) and Cornel West (Princeton), inspired by the Wisconsin resistance against the agenda of endless cutbacks for working people (promoted in the name of balancing the budget), will moderate a national teach-in on Tuesday, April 5th. Their purpose: Build nationwide resistance to this austerity agenda.

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