Say YES! to PSC membership

Stronger by 1,300!

On Monday, February 26, the Supreme Court heard Janus V AFSCME, a case meant to limit unions’ power to stand together for a better life. The PSC has been preparing for an anti-union Janus ruling for more than a year. We rose to the challenge last week with a CUNY-wide organizing blitz that led more than 1,300 of our CUNY colleagues to sign the new, stronger union membership card. At the first bargaining session for the next contract, on March 14, the PSC bargaining team will make it clear that we represent a powerful membership. Increase the union’s power as we start contract negotiations; click here and sign the new card, designed to keep our union strong after the Janus ruling. There is still time to be counted before the negotiations begin. Sign the new membership card.

The PSC Stands in Solidarity with the Brave Teachers of West Virginia

The PSC stands in solidarity with the brave teachers of West Virginia and with our colleagues of the University and College Union currently on strike in the UK to defend their pension. Click here for a statement congratulating the West Virginia teachers on their victory and here for a statement supporting our academic colleagues across the pond.

Tell Albany to Give CUNY Students the Resources They Need

As Albany legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo work to finalize a state budget by the end of March, you can have a voice by sending this letter urging greater investment in CUNY.

CUNY is a national leader among colleges in moving students from poverty into the middle class, but it needs additional funding. New York has invested significant resources in students’ financial access to college, but too little in students’ success when they are enrolled. Long-term public disinvestment and failure to provide the funds needed to keep up with CUNY’s growing enrollment have led to a dire shortage of full-time faculty, exploitation of thousands of low-wage adjunct faculty, less individual attention for students, and tuition hikes.

Send a letter urging your legislators to support the PSC’s budget agenda.

Learn more about the PSC's fight for full state funding of CUNY.

Save Student Activities and Democracy at CUNY

Students’ right to engage in free speech and participate in self-governance—to decide upon, participate in, and organize the activities of their choosing—is a fundamental right that should not be abridged.

Yet, the CUNY Board of Trustees is considering a proposal to restrict the way student activity fees can be used on all CUNY campuses, effectively diminishing the student role in making funding decisions and eliminating vital services and programs.

President Bowen has sent a letter to the CUNY Board of Trustees to voice the union’s support for a fully open, inclusive process for considering any consequential changes proposed for student activity fees at CUNY. The letter calls on the CUNY Board of Trustees not to diminish CUNY students’ rights and urges the Board to engage with CUNY student groups and student leaders before reshaping the rules for the student activity fee.

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.

You can also show support on social media and forward the psc-cuny.org/UnionYes link to colleagues. Every person represented by the PSC should sign the new, stronger card—even current members.

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.

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