The Professional Staff Congress/CUNY rejects the statement by Michael Isaacson about imagining his students dead. Isaacson’s statement is anathema to the teaching profession. It in no way represents the position of the PSC as a union or the tens of thousands of CUNY faculty—both full-time faculty and adjuncts—who choose to work at CUNY because of a profound commitment to the diverse and largely working-class students we are privileged to teach. But the right of free speech protects even repugnant speech, and every worker should be entitled to due process. The PSC will vigorously defend the due-process rights of every CUNY employee - both full time and part-time - we represent.
NYC Primary Results
Mayor de Blasio and Public Advocate Letitia James won their primary races by definitive margins.
Four of the six PSC-endorsed candidates in open City Council races won. They are Carlina Rivera (CD2), Diana Ayala (CD 8), Alicka Ampry-Samuel (CD 41) and Justin Brannan (CD 43). Two lost. Marjorie Velazquez, PSC’s candidate for Council District 13, lost a close race to Mark Gjonaj. Marti Speranza, PSC’s candidate for Council District 4, lost to Keith Powers.
For results of all the NYC primary elections, see the New York Times coverage.
Turn-out for this election was a near record low with only 14% of voters eligible participating. But PSC members turned out. Many thanks to the Legislative Committee members who volunteered to help turn their colleagues out to the polls. Our phone banking worked!
This year the Welfare Fund unveiled a new optical plan. So far, members say it has resulted in serious savings and high-quality eye care.
Labor Goes to the Movies Presents: Where to Invade Next--Fri., Sept. 15
This year, Labor Goes to the Movies will examine the theme “Regime/Resistance.” The film series begins with a screening of Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next (2015) on Fri., Sept. 15 in the PSC Union Hall (61 Broadway, 16th floor). In the film, Moore visits nine countries with better systems for dealing with an array of social and political problems. Doors open at 6 PM. Light refreshments provided. There is a $4 suggested donation. To watch the trailer for Where to Invade Next, click here. To see the 2017-18 Labor Goes to the Movies schedule, click here.
In his first film in six years, America’s best-known and perhaps most controversial documentarian since his first film, Roger and Me (1989), Michael Moore visits nine countries with better systems for dealing with an array of social and political problems. Moore believes their strategies are not just pie in the sky. Some, in fact, such as the shorter workweek and the women’s movement, largely originated in the US. In addition to illustrating familiar success stories – free medical care and higher education, for example – he shows that Italians receive paid vacation time for their honeymoons, that some imprisoned Norwegian murderers are granted leave from prison, and that French pre-schoolers have gourmet tastes. His tone darkens when he reveals how Germany, in contrast to the US, officially acknowledges its past sins. Attacked earlier in his career from the right and the left for not providing solutions, Moore has devoted this film to offering exactly that.
Screenings take place on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm. $4 suggested donation. Space is limited! Light refreshments served before each screening.
Take the 1 or R to Rector St.; 2-3 or 4-5 to Wall St.; J-Z to Broad St. or the A-C to Fulton St. Near the PATH train & buses. Call for directions, (212) 354-1252.
The PSC has registered its strong opposition to the proposed regulation allowing charter school networks to conduct their own teacher training programs and issue a cheapened teaching credential that will short change students. The proposed regulation would allow charter networks statewide to conduct their own teacher training programs and issue a teaching credential that will only be valid inside those schools after just 30 hours of instruction plus 100 hours of supervised teaching. Read the PSC letter.
March for Union Rights and Resources
PSC members will march this Saturday in the NYC Labor Day Parade to demonstrate in support of the right to maintain public-sector collective bargaining and to protect union resources. The Supreme Court will soon hear a case designed to defund public-sector unions like the PSC. It’s an attack on union dues intended to cripple unions’ power to fight for higher wages and defend the rights, benefits and dignity of their members.
Join us at the NYC Labor Day Parade. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your colleagues. The PSC contingent will gather at 12:15 PM on West 47th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. We step off at 1:15 PM sharp.
Watch and share President Bowen's urgent message to PSC members at the start of this academic year.
The PSC is ready for the next round of contract bargaining with CUNY and is preparing for what is perhaps the greatest challenge we have faced as a union. The Supreme Court will soon rule on a case designed to destroy union power. But the Court cannot destroy our union if we all say Yes! to union membership.
Show Your Support
Our brothers and sisters need our help as Hurricane Harvey will continue to pour rain on already devastated communities for another few days. Homes, schools and communities will need help with the aftermath and cleanup.
Help us show our union family in Texas that we have their backs. Donate today via the AFT.
Fall 2017 Adjunct Pay Dates
For the Fall 2017 semester, teaching adjuncts are scheduled to be paid on eight successive pay dates. At the senior colleges, the first pay date will be Sept. 14 and the last pay date will be Dec. 21. At most community colleges, the first pay date will be Sept. 8 and the last pay date will be Dec. 15. Kingsborough CC, LaGuardia CC and Guttman CC operate on a different academic calendar with different pay dates.