News & Events
Join PSC Members for the Kick-off in NYC, Sun., Oct. 2, 9:30 AM
Ten years ago the State Court of Appeals ordered Albany to increase funding for many school districts to comply with the state constitution’s requirement that all children receive a "sound basic education." But Albany isn’t providing the court-ordered funding, and many Black, Latino, and low-income students are still suffering from systemic neglect. The Alliance for Quality Education is walking 150 miles to Albany to demand that NYS fully fund education in every district in New York. The CUNY Rising Alliance is supporting the effort, and you can too, by walking the NYC leg of the journey or attending the kick-off event at Tweed Courthouse, Sun., Oct. 2 at 9:30 AM. Click here to sign up with AQE.
Help to Get Out the Vote for the General Election on November 8
PSC members made thousands of calls to help pro-CUNY, pro-labor candidates win in the primaries. We will do thousands more calls and take part in labor walks to win the White House and reshape the State legislature. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who made calls, did labor walks and otherwise contributed to these victories. Phone banks are scheduled every Wednesday evening between now and the November 8 General Election and other GOTV opportunities are soon to be announced. PSC members can sign up here.
NYS Legislative Primary Results
Thanks to boots-on-the-ground support from PSC members and our colleagues at NYSUT, K-16 public education allies in the state legislature like Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assembly Members Pam Harris and Latrice Walker won their primaries in September. The victories came despite the incumbents being outspent 6:1 by New York’s pro-school-voucher Super PAC. In New York City, NYSUT/PSC-endorsed Senate candidate Robert Jackson narrowly lost in a tight three-way race, earning 29.72 % percent of the vote. Paul Newell, whom we also endorsed, lost the primary to represent Assembly District 65 in lower Manhattan. Click here to see all the primary results.
HEOs in the new contract
Andrea Vasquez, HEO Chapter Chair
Iris DeLutro, Cross Campus Vice President for Cross Campus Units
RSVP for Pizza!
Unionized faculty at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University are locked out and picketing this week when they would rather be teaching. The Long Island University Faculty Federation has been bargaining in good faith with the administration at LIU since the spring. But last Friday they were informed that their health insurance will be cut off and they will no longer be paid for their work. LIU plans to redeploy administrators and has hired scabs to teach students when classes begin this week. PSC members are joining them on this picket line this Wed., Sept. 7 between 8 AM -1 PM at the corner of Dekalb and Flatbush Avenues. The PSC has issued a statement in support. Click here for a fact sheet about the lockout, here for a flier and here to RSVP via the Facebook event created by the PSC chapter at the Graduate Center. You can also sign an online petition hosted by the AFT. It’s time for LIU to treat its employees with the dignity and respect they deserve by bargaining a fair contract now and ending this lockout.
Every New Yorker has the right to a quality public higher education. Tell us you want to join other PSC members and march for that right at the NYC Labor Day Parade, Saturday, September 10.
“CUNY is for the People!” read the signs carried by our community allies during the PSC’s hard-fought contract campaign. Together with the NY Central Labor Council and the emergent CUNY Rising Alliance, we reversed a planned half-billion-dollar reduction in state funding for CUNY and we defeated a proposed tuition hike. We built the power necessary for the PSC to negotiate a contract with back pay and improvements to working and learning conditions at CUNY.
The Labor Day Parade is a chance to celebrate the progress we’ve made collectively and to mobilize for the next campaigns—at the voting booth and in the streets. The PSC is committed to quality public higher education as a right for all New Yorkers and to ensuring that CUNY offers that quality education. PSC carries that banner every day, not just when our contract expires.
Be part of a big PSC turnout, a show of political force saying “Invest in CUNY. Invest in New York."
The PSC contingent will gather on East 45th Street between 5th and Vanderbilt Avenues starting at 9 AM. We will carry signs and handout flyers throughout the march. PSC marchers will step off at 11 AM sharp.
We are planning a lively discussion about the new contract provisions for HEOs and an even livelier discussion about the process for implementing them! Meet HEOs from other campuses, your HEO delegates, and PSC staff and principal officers.
Click here for a flier.