Teaching adjuncts: know your rights about reappointment and Unemployment Insurance during the summer.
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Help Strengthen NYC’s Rent Laws
Two decades of weak rent laws have led to the loss of 250,000 rent-regulated apartments in NYC, and New Yorkers are facing an affordable housing crisis that is pushing too many of us out of our neighborhoods. CUNY faculty and staff who have gone five years without at a contractual raise are struggling to stay in their homes. Labor unions, community organizations, and NYC Democrats in the Legislature are pushing to extend and strengthen New York’s rent laws still covering more than one million homes before they expire on June 15. Together, we’re taking the fight to Albany for the #TenantTakeOver lobby day on Tuesday, June 9. PSC members will be there; to get a seat on the bus, fill out this web form. Saving these homes and keeping them affordable is a real way to help mitigate New York’s rising cost of living and protect the value of CUNY salaries. It’s time for our legislators to stand with tenants, not greedy landlords. Take the bus to Albany, and send our politicians a strong message. Click here to RSVP for a bus.
In lieu of the PSC annual theater party sponsored by the Retirees Chapter and the Women’s Committees, the PSC has secured a 10% discount for tickets to Working Theater productions. For online tickets to individual performances, use the discount code "PSC." The Working Theater is also hosting a festival, 5 Boroughs/One City, May 6-10 with performances of different works in every borough. All access passes for the 5 Boroughs/One City performances are also eligible for the PSC discount, but they must be purchased at the box office.
Visit The Working Theater website to learn more.
PSC Resolutions Passed by the 2015 NYSUT Representative Assembly
Michael Fabricant, treasurer of the PSC, introduced a special order of business at the NYSUT Representative Assembly, calling for peace and justice across the nation, and answers in the death of Freddie Gray. The NYSUT delegates unanimously passed the order calling for systemic solutions to the fundamental issues of poverty, racism and a lack of investment in education. It was one of six resolutions sponsored by the PSC, which were passed by the Representative Assembly. The following resolutions are now also the endorsed positions of the 600-thousand-member statewide union, NYSUT:
- Support and Defend Defined Benefit Pensions at both State and Federal Levels for all Public Employees
- Democratize Ballot Access in New York Elections
- Support Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Decision by U.S. Supreme Court
- The Search for Justice in Cases Where Civilians are Killed by Police Officers
- Solidarity with the 43 Disappeared Students of the Ayotzinapa Teachers College in Mexico and Their Families
Strengthen the Rent Laws!
Protect One Million Homes!
Rally at Foley Square, May 14th at 5 pm.
Meet at Centre and Worth Streets.
Then March Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Over one million rent-stabilized homes will be at risk when the current state rent law sunsets on June 15.
Numbers matter in any political struggle. Be one of tens of thousands of New Yorkers who will be part of the campaign to strengthen the rent laws. Click here to endorse the PSC’s statement of support and to RSVP for the Rally to Save NYC/Protect #1millionhomes, Thurs., May 14 at 5 PM at Foley Square.
The Global Wave Goodbye to Nuclear Weapons will start at a huge peace rally in New York on Sunday, April 26 at 1:00 in Union Square, and then go around the world in 24 hours arriving back in New York on April 27 as the government conference begins.
At 2:00 PM, after the rally at Union Square, thousands will march to the U.N.'s Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, arriving at around 3 PM.
Steve London, who is stepping down from office as PSC first vice president after 15 years of service, was named a NYSUT Higher Education Member of the Year at the NYSUT Representative Assembly in Buffalo this past weekend. Watch this video featuring all the NYSUT honorees (Steve’s bit starts at 8:48), and join us in thanking Steve for his dedication to his CUNY colleagues. He takes on a new elected role as university-wide officer of the PSC Executive Committee and continues his roles as trustee and executive officer of the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund and as NYSUT director.
Join the May Day Rally to End Income Inequality
We need you and your indomitable spirit at the May Day march and rally, next Fri., May 1. May Day is the international workers’ holiday, a day of solidarity to celebrate the labor movement’s past progress and mobilize for the struggles of today, including our fight for a fair contract at CUNY. The annual march and rally in NYC will bring together union members and immigration activists in support of our shared demand for an end to income equality under the slogan, “Fight for Real Jobs, Real Wages and Real Rights.” The march will take the action to the doors of the city’s 1%, starting at the home of Walmart owner Alice Walton (60th St. between Park and Lexington Ave.) and traveling down Billionaire’s Row on Central Park South to join a rally at 58th Street Between 8th and 9th Ave. PSC members will meet at the corner of 62th St. and Park Ave., starting at 5:00 PM. (Look for our red and white signs.) Click here for a flier.
Rally for Adjunct Faculty and All Low-Wage Workers—Wed., Apr. 15
PSC members will be part of the action on Wednesday, April 15, when low-wage workers throughout the country demonstrate and rally to demand fair wages and union rights. The day of action is part of the massive Fight for $15 campaign. Here in NYC, fast food cashiers and cooks, retail employees, child care workers, adjunct professors, home care providers, college students, airport workers, and others will mobilize at different sites. The PSC will participate in the rally at Columbia University, where student workers, adjunct faculty and their allies will gather at 116th and Broadway at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 15 to demand better pay and better treatment from the Academy before marching to protest at a nearby McDonald's. To stay up-to-date on planned actions in NYC, register here.