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.
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.
Stronger by 1,300!
On Wednesday, June 27 the Supreme Court rendered its decision in Janus v. AFSCME, a case meant to limit unions’ power to stand together for a better life. The PSC has been preparing for this anti-union ruling for more than a year. Almost 13,000 members have already signed the new, stronger membership card. Signing the new card provides a stronger legal protection for the union in the new post-Janus era; it is a promise that you will continue to pay your dues. The amount you pay will not change when you sign, but the power of the union will.
The PSC is negotiating with CUNY management for a new contract right now. We are pressing hard for raises to make our salaries competitive with those at comparable universities and for fair pay for adjuncts. We have also demanded improvements for Lecturers, HEOs and CLTs, and better support for department chairs. Whether we have the power to win depends on the strength of our membership. It depends on you. Sign the new membership card.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In December, the union announced a historic agreement with CUNY to reduce the teaching load for full-time faculty. The plan gives instructors more time to mentor and support students, and more time for research.
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.
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.