Day of Rage Against the Cuts: Tax the Rich, Not Working Families. Rally at City Hall Park at 5:00 p.m. March to Wall Street at 6:00 p.m.
Student / Labor / Community Rally Against Budget Cuts
Seventeen PSC chapters are scheduled to hold elections in the spring of 2019. They will elect chapter officers, delegates and alternates to the PSC Delegate Assembly, along with representatives to the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. Candidate Declaration forms are available at the PSC office and here on the PSC website. To vote in the Spring 2019 PSC elections, you must have signed a PSC membership card before December 3, 2018. Only members can vote in union elections or contract ratification votes. The deadline for filing the Candidate Declaration form is January 1, 2019. Click here for the list of chapters that will hold elections, the election rules and other deadlines.
Seventeen PSC chapters are scheduled to hold elections in the spring of 2019. They will elect chapter officers, delegates and alternates to the PSC Delegate Assembly, along with representatives to the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. Candidate Declaration forms are available at the PSC office and here on the PSC website. To vote in the Spring 2019 PSC elections, you must have signed a PSC membership card before December 3, 2018. Only members can vote in union elections or contract ratification votes. The deadline for filing the Candidate Declaration form is January 11, 2019. Click “read more” for election rules and other deadlines.
Last night the PSC Executive Council adopted this statement on the horrible mass murder in the Tree of Life synagogue last weekend. We woke up to learn that there has been more anti-Semitic desecration, right here in New York. Vile and threatening graffiti was found inside a synagogue in Brooklyn. Now it becomes even more urgent for us, as union members and New Yorkers, to take care of each other and repudiate all forms of anti-Semitism and racism.
Please read and share the statement below, and join colleagues in peaceful actions to demonstrate that we will not tolerate racism or anti-Semitism in New York City, or anywhere. Labor and universities have an important role to play in this crisis.
Let’s rise to the current moment and all it demands of us.
Barbara Bowen to the Board of Trustees: “Aim Higher!”
At a meeting of the CUNY Board of Trustees held October 29 at Baruch College, PSC President Barbara Bowen urged the Board to take a public stand against the State’s practice of refusing to fund the ongoing costs of labor contracts. “CUNY’s FY 2020 budget request must challenge the premise that poverty funding is all CUNY can expect. Aim higher! It must call for a fully funded contract, with real raises for all and $7,000 per course for adjuncts,” she said. Video of the meeting is posted here (President Bowen speaks at timestamp 41:45).
The meeting was held just a week after more than 100 faculty and staff testified at a Board hearing also held at Baruch. The testimony featured first-hand stories of the damage being done to the University by salaries that lag thousands of dollars behind those at comparable institutions, near-poverty-level adjunct pay and chronic underfunding.
Phased retirement at CUNY offers a way for full-time instructional staff members to move to retirement, and many have already made the transition. The program, originally agreed to between the PSC and CUNY as a pilot program, is now permanent. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2018.
Help Win the House and the NYS Senate
Sign Up to Phone Bank or Canvass
In the General Election on Tues., Nov. 6, New Yorkers will cast their ballot for Governor, Attorney General, members of the Assembly and State Senate, and Congressional Representatives. The PSC and our statewide affiliate NYSUT are supporting candidates up and down the ballot who will support increased investment in CUNY and oppose the harmful policies of the Trump Administration. PSC members are going all in on local Senate and Congressional races, especially for Andrew Gounardes (Brooklyn, SD 22) and John Liu (Queens, SD 11), whose elections could change the balance of power in the (now IDC-free) NYS Senate, and Max Rose (Staten Island/Brooklyn, CD11), who is running to help take back the U.S. House of Representatives. Union members can still volunteer for weeknight phone banking and door-to-door labor walks on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3
CUNY’s Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank is a pool of voluntarily donated sick leave and annual leave available for potential use as sick leave by all full-time employees at CUNY (instructional and classified) who are also donors to the bank. The Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank, which arose out of a PSC contract campaign, exemplifies worker solidarity and mutual support. It gives CUNY workers a way to offer aid to colleagues dealing with a catastrophic illness and provides a place to turn for help if they face a similar need. The open enrollment period for the Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank will be held from October 1 to October 31. Workers must donate leave in a program year to be eligible to receive leave in that year (up to 90 days). Click here for program requirements and to learn how to donate and receive leave from the bank.
For years, anti-labor forces have been working to limit the power of unions. Emails, direct mails and fake alternative organizations are some of the deceptive measures they're using.