It Takes a Strong Union to Win a Good Contract

Volunteer for Our CUNY-Wide New Membership Card Blitz, Feb. 26 – Mar. 3

On Monday, February 26, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case backed by far-right think tanks and financiers scheming to destroy unions like the PSC and end our power to work together for better pay and good benefits. The PSC is prepared to face this challenge. The union’s new, stronger union membership card will ensure we have the means to stand together as a union.

PSC chapters at every campus and CUNY worksite are planning New Membership Card blitzes for the week of February 26 through March 3. Chapters are organizing breakfast meet-ups and visits to colleagues in offices and outside classrooms to talk to them about signing the new union card. We will also distribute posters and brochures, stickers and buttons. We need you! Even an hour will make a difference. Contact your chapter chair to volunteer.

RSVP for the Working Peoples Day of Action

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the most dangerous anti-worker case in a generation, working people are taking a stand. Thousands of union members from across the state will take to the streets at 11 a.m. this Saturday, February 24 in Foley Square in Manhattan for a mass demonstration in defense of all working people. We need you in the PSC contingent!

Sign up here to join your PSC colleagues at Foley Square this Saturday. When you do, you will be taking a stand for your own union, your own rights, and for the rights—and needs—of all working people. Our power as workers has always come from mass action: Saturday will give us a chance to make that power visible. The Supreme Court may decide against us in the Janus v. AFSCME case, but it cannot strip us of the power we have when we take a stand together.

Lobbying in Albany 2018!

Get on the Bus to Albany
Advocate with Students for More State Funding for CUNY
The PSC is partnering with NYSUT and United University Professions (UUP) and with student organizations like NYPIRG and USS to advocate in Albany for increased funding for public higher education. Dozens of PSC members have risen to the challenge and signed up to lobby for a fully funded CUNY with the public resources needed to add full-time faculty lines, increase adjuncts’ pay to $7,000 per course and expand academic advisement and support services for students. There are still seats available on the bus for the Student/Faculty/Staff Higher Ed Action Day on Wednesday, February 28. Email Tiffany Brown at Tbrown@pscmail.org to tell us you can join this one-day round trip to Albany with students on the buses leaving early from New York City.

Adjunct Pay Dates

Spring 2018 Adjunct Pay Dates

For the Spring 2018 semester, teaching adjuncts are scheduled to be paid on eight successive pay dates at two-week intervals. At the senior colleges, the first pay date will be Feb. 15 and the last pay date will be May 24. At most community colleges, the first pay date will be Feb. 9 and the last pay date will be May 18. Kingsborough CC, LaGuardia CC and Guttman CC operate on a different academic calendar with different pay dates.

SPS Forum on CUNY governance

Event Date: 
Wed, 02/07/2018 - 18:00

Faculty Governance Under Attack at CUNY," Wednesday, February 7, 6-8PM

Join UFS Chair Katherine Conway, PSC chapter chairs Alia Tyner-Mullings (Guttman CC) and Luke Elliott-Negri (GC), adjunct faculty from CUNY's School of Professional Studies, and me for a forum: "Faculty Governance Under Attack at CUNY" on Wednesday, February 7, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The forum will examine the draft governance document for the CUNY School of Professional Studies--and the threat it represents to faculty governance throughout CUNY. We will also hear from faculty at Guttman Community College, who struggled to revise their governance document and ensure an active faculty role. Together we will probe the implications for academic freedom and professional autonomy at CUNY, and we will discuss what we can do together to protect academic integrity. Please come, invite your colleagues, and distribute the flyer.

Join us on Wednesday February 7, 6 - 8 pm in the Segal Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center, 34th St. and 5th Ave.

Location
The Graduate Center, Segal Theatre Center
Address: 
365 Fifth Ave, Room 3110, New York, NY 10016

Testimony on The Executive Budget for CUNY, FY2019

PSC officers were in Albany Tuesday, January 23 to testify before a joint hearing of the State Senate and Assembly finance committees on the Executive Budget for higher education. President Bowen, in her testimony, said, "New York State has invested strongly in student access to higher education through the Excelsior Scholarship and the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), but has failed to invest sufficiently in student success. Access is not meaningful without the resources to succeed. As New York invests more in access, it must also increase investment in the personnel and programs needed to educate CUNY’s growing student body so the greater access will be meaningful." Read President Bowen's full testimony.

PSC in the News

Media Coverage (December 2017)

Associate Press Video of the #GOPTaxScam protest ran on outlets throughout the U.S.: USA Today, MSN, USA Today, Chron, Xfinity, New Jersey News 12, Hartford City News, World News Today, The News-Gazette

Media Coverage (November 2017)

Hundreds Stage Die-In to Protest Wall Street Funders behind the GOP Tax Bill

Fifteen Protesters Arrested for Blocking Access to Stock Exchange while Demanding Congress Stop the Tax Give-Away to Corporations and the Rich

Outside the New York Stock Exchange on today (Tues., Dec. 19), where the resources siphoned from the poor and middleclass by the Republican tax bill will be concentrated, 500 protesters filled the street chanting “Kill the Bill. Don’t Kill Us!” More than 60 lay down for a die-in.

The die-in, organized by the PSC together with other unions, community groups and religious organizations, happened at the center of corporate profiteering on the day of the Congressional votes on the tax bill. It was organized in coordination with another protest in Washington D.C. Both actions pressed Congress to stop the tax give-away to corporations and the rich.

New Yorkers know that the tax bill is an attack on their state and on its people. That’s why this diverse group of activists came together to defend working people, the poor, the disabled, the elderly, the young and the sick.

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