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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- The Chief: GOP’s Reverse Robin Hood
- The Chief: Union Protesters Call Passage of GOP Tax Plan a ‘War’ on Ordinary People (paywall)
- NY Daily News: Protest targeting GOP tax bill at New York Stock Exchange leads to 15 arrests
- The Indypendent: Trump’s Tax Heist for the Rich
- NYC Patch: NYC Rally Against GOP Tax Bill Ends In Arrests
- City & State NY: "Kill this bill": Protesters rally in vain against congressional tax plan
- Fox 5: New York lawmaker takes part in 'die-in' over tax plan
- Eyewitness News: Video coverage of tax-cut protest
- Capital Tonight: Cuomo Vetoes MOE For SUNY And CUNY
- SocialistWorker.org: Raising our voices against the tax-cut heist
- The Chief: CUNY Shrinks Teaching Load for Full-Time Profs (paywall)
- Amsterdam News: PSC-CUNY/CUNY deal restructures full-time faculty workload
- Inside Higher Ed: CUNY Faculty Sees Teaching Load Reduction
- Chronicle of Higher Education: What's a Fair Wage for Adjuncts?
- Grist: New York City’s watchdog sets her sights on climate change
- Kings County Politics: Evers’ Adjuncts Come to Aid of CUNY Faculty
- Manhattan Times: New contract call at CUNY
- NY Daily News: Rai$ing hell in CUNY protest
- The Excelsior: Q&A with James Davis, PSC Chair, in Wake of CUNY Contract Negotiations
- AFT Voices: Saving the rainforest with the power of (our) money
- The Campus: CUNY Faculty Members Demand Higher Wages from Administration
- Labor Press: After 6-Year Contract Fight, CUNY Faculty & Staff Are Battling Again
- Spectrum Noticias NY 1: EXIGEN MEJORES SALARIOS PARA TRABAJADORES EN UNIVERSIDADES DE CUNY
- NY 1: CUNY professors to march in Manhattan ahead of contract talks
- NY Daily News: CUNY professors to march in Manhattan ahead of contract talks
Media Coverage (November 2017)
- Amsterdam News: CUNY’s faculty union tells trustees ‘ensure student success’ by offering faculty a better contract
- NYC Patch: NYC's Public Pensions Should Dump Fossil Fuels, Activists Say
- Washington Square News: Community Gathers to Protest Closure of DNAinfo and Gothamist
- Workers World: Climate activists denounce hurricane devastation>
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.