Janus in the news

PSC members and hundreds of other NYC trade unionists marched in a UNION STRONG rally in Foley Square in Manhattan on June 27 in defiance of the Janus decision, announced earlier that day.
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PSC Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling in Janus v. AFSCME

President Barbara Bowen, Professional Staff Congress (PSC/CUNY), AFT #2334
The Janus decision is not about the First Amendment. It is about consolidating wealth, power and even health in the hands of the few while imposing permanent economic austerity on everyone else. The majority decision helps to advance an agenda that has been planned and lavishly funded by billionaires and far-right organizations. Its goal is to undo every gain made by workers, people of color, immigrants, women, the middle class and the poor during the last half-century.

Read the full statement.

Department Chairs Call for Full Funding and Implementation of Teaching Load Reduction

More than 200 CUNY department chairs have signed a letter about the new Teaching Load Reduction Agreement addressed to Board of Trustees Chair William Thompson and Chancellor James Milliken. The letter is copied to University Provost and incoming Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz. The letter urges them to fund and implement the agreement so that its full benefit for the University will be achieved.  It argues that “the potential of the agreement will not be fully realized if the University fails to allocate adequate funding and takes the position that current discretionary reassigned time allocated by the college presidents must be eliminated or sharply reduced.” Read more for the full letter and the signatories.

In solidarity with Fordham Faculty United

The Executive Council of the PSC has passed a resolution in support of the Fordham Faculty United contract campaign. Fordham Faculty United (affiliated with SEIU Local 200) represents approximately 800 non tenure track faculty who voted overwhelmingly to form a union in November 2017. The union is now bargaining for its first contract. The resolution resolves that the PSC declares its solidarity with the FFU’s effort to win a strong contract and encourages its members to support the FFU’s contract campaign. Read the full resolution.

Tell Albany to Pass the Bill to Adequately Fund CUNY

CUNY Needs a Strong Maintenance of Effort

The NY State Senate has passed Maintenance of Effort (MOE) legislation that would begin to reverse the State’s record of underfunding the CUNY senior colleges.The Assembly is still considering it. MOE bills have been passed both houses twice with overwhelming bi-partisan support, but were vetoed both times by the governor. But the political dynamics in New York are changing and there is a chance that the MOE bill could be passed again and signed into law.

Click here to send a letter to your representatives in Albany urging them to pass the MOE again. This version of the bill requires the State to fund CUNY’s inflationary operating costs, such as collective bargaining, energy and rent. It also provides reimbursement for a portion of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Credit, which currently leaves public colleges on the hook for financial aid that should come from the State.

Elections Committee

2018 PSC Election Results

In April 2018, the PSC held elections are for the union’s principal officer positions of President, First Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer; for Vice Presidents for Senior Colleges, Community Colleges, Part-Time Personnel and Cross-Campus Units; and for the other 19 positions on the PSC Executive Council. Members also elected delegates to the AFT, NYSUT and AAUP. The Elections Committee certified the results of the 2018 PSC elections on Monday, May 7.

PSC President Barbara Bowen, Treasurer Sharon Persinger and Secretary Nivedita Majumdar were all re-elected. Andrea Ades Vásquez was elected to the position of PSC First Vice President. Full results of the election are posted here. The term of office starts on Monday, May 21.

Solidarity with CUNY Cafeteria Workers

The PSC Executive Council has passed a resolution expressing solidarity with CUNY cafeteria workers and the Retail Action Project of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which has been organizing them. (Read about the conditions that CUNY cafeteria workers face.)The resolution supports the workers’ demands that all CUNY cafeteria contractors adhere to relevant labor and workplace safety laws, that workers have a right to continuous employment when vendors change, and have the freedom to seek union representation without threat of retaliation. Read the full resolution.

$7K Per Course for Adjuncts

PSC Members to Legislators: $7K per Course for Adjuncts is about Wage Justice and Educational Justice

Almost a hundred CUNY adjunct faculty and their colleagues rallied at the State Capitol on April 24 to demand a salary of $7,000 per course for CUNY’s adjunct faculty and increased investment in the City University of New York. The rally on the Capitol’s Million Dollar Staircase was part of a $7K Advocacy Day during which adjuncts met with dozens of legislators to explain why fair pay for CUNY adjunct faculty is essential for student success. CUNY salaries are bargained with the university’s central administration, but inadequate funding from Albany is at the root of the problem. Assembly Higher Education Chair Deborah Glick and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon spoke at the event, along with a representative of Assemblymember Marcos Crespo. Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, ranking member of the Senate Higher Education Committee and Senator Marisol Alcantara spoke as well. Here's a video of the rally with statements from the lawmakers and from PSC leaders and activists.

PSC Elections Ballots Are Due April 27

Vote by Phone or Email

On April 2, ballots were mailed to members’ homes for the election of the 27-member Executive Council (including president, first vice president, secretary and treasurer), and delegates to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), and American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Voting will be by phone or email. Completed ballots must be registered by April 27 and will be counted on April 30.

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