News & Events

CUNY Rising, a coalition of 33 CUNY-allied groups, including the PSC, will host two hearings for city and state elected officials, one in Brooklyn and one in the Bronx. PSC chapters are helping to organize both events. The Brooklyn hearing was held Wed., April 25. The Bronx hearing will focus on the community colleges and their students. It will be 4 PM Thurs., May 3 at Bronx Community College in Nichols Hall, room 104 (2155 University Ave.). Download a flyer here.

The panel at Brooklyn College consisted of NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, NYC Council Members Inez Barron and Robert Holden and Ernest Skinner sitting in for Council Member Jumanne Williams. The testimony from students and community groups focused on the effects of public disinvestment in CUNY including the shortage of full-time faculty and advisors at CUNY, low-pay of adjuncts, and the University's crumbling infrastructure. Many student speakers linked the students' push-back against disinvestment and tuition hikes to the CUNY Board of Trustees' pending initiative to restructure student activity fee allocation. They testified that the process has been a sham and that they believe the proposed changes to the activity fee system are an attempt by the Board to stifle free speech on campus and curb student activism. Video of the event is posted here on the CUNY Rising Facebook page.

The PSC Executive Council has passed a resolution expressing solidarity with CUNY cafeteria workers and the Retail Action Project of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which has been organizing them. (Read about the conditions that CUNY cafeteria workers face.)The resolution supports the workers’ demands that all CUNY cafeteria contractors adhere to relevant labor and workplace safety laws, that workers have a right to continuous employment when vendors change, and have the freedom to seek union representation without threat of retaliation. Read the full resolution.

Vote by Phone or Email

On April 2, ballots were mailed to members’ homes for the election of the 27-member Executive Council (including president, first vice president, secretary and treasurer), and delegates to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), and American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Voting will be by phone or email. Completed ballots must be registered by April 27 and will be counted on April 30.

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Iris DeLutro, PSC Vice President, Cross Campus Units/Andrea Vásquez, HEO chapter chair:

PSC members can see Alternating Currents, a play by Adam Kraar, directed by Kareem Fahmy, May 6 at 3 PM for a discounted rate of $22 per ticket. The play tells the story of two newly married electricians who move to Electchester. At first, everything seems perfect: spacious apartment, low rent, friendly neighbors, and an incredibly close-knit community. But as they settle in, they discover how much they may need to give up in order to really belong.

The PSC office is closed today, Wednesday, March 21, due to the forcasted weather. Stay safe.

Students are leading the nationwide March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24, to demand legislation that will protect children, students and others from mass murder and gun violence. Student survivors of the mass murder in Parkland have changed the national conversation on gun control. They have organized a march in Washington, and now similar marches are being organized throughout the country. Many PSC members and CUNY students are expected to attend the Washington march, and the PSC will organize a contingent for the march in New York City. Email PSC Organizing Director Deirdre Brill if you plan to attend. For the NYC march, we will meet at W. 74th St. and Central Park West at 10 AM on Saturday, March 24.

February 22, 2018
Barbara Bowen, president of the Professional Staff Congress, the union representing 30,000 faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York (CUNY), released the following statement to press:

“On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear a case designed to destroy the labor movement. Janus v. AFSCME is not an innocent First Amendment case; it is a calculated, well-funded attempt to dismantle everything the labor movement has won—for all working people, not just union members. It is an attack on women, on immigrants, on people of color, on the young, on workers everywhere. The capitalist billionaires who are funding the case understand that organized labor has been behind every freedom and gain for working people: the eight-hour day, the minimum wage, Social Security, workplace safety regulations, and more. They know that organized labor, especially in the public sector, has led the fight to defend public education, public healthcare, public libraries and public services. That’s exactly why they want to destroy us. But the history of the labor movement shows that workers have power when they stand together. That’s why thousands of PSC members have signed a recommitment card to their union and why PSC membership has grown dramatically this year. Together, we are making our union stronger than ever.”

The Professional Staff Congress, the trade union of 30,000 faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York, salutes our colleagues of the University and College Union on strike to defend their pensions, and expresses our warm solidarity with their struggle.

A strike is always an expression of courage, and of the conviction that not only are workers worthy of a decent wage and retirement income, but that we must exert union power also for the good of our students and the working class as a whole.

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