As Mother Jones said, "Don't mourn organize." We're continuing to resist the implementation of the GOP's dangerous tax plan during the Senate and House reconciliation process over the next two weeks. Join us. Send this message to your representatives in Congress.
A Message from President Bowen
Once every 20 years, New York State voters face the question of whether the state should hold a Constitutional Convention. This is the year. On the back of your ballot on Election Day next week will be Proposition 1: “Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend same?” I am voting “NO.” I urge you to do the same.
The PSC strongly opposes holding a Constitutional Convention (popularly called a “Con Con”). We are part of a large coalition opposing the Con Con, together with the Sierra Club, the Council of Churches, AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood, NYSUT and scores of other groups.
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.
Nationwide, academics are concerned about the rise of “fake” academic journals targeting professors. PSC members are taking note.
"Right-to-work" laws, bolstered by anti-Semitic ideas of a Jewish conspiracy, originated in the South as a way to maintain Jim Crow labor relations.
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.