Chapter Campaigns

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PSC Chapters over the years have launched campaigns focusing on issues from workload to health and safety violations.

For example, the BMCC chapter organized a "Teach CUNY" week in March, 2011. A website created by the chapter full of teaching resources explained the chapter's initiative:

Teach CUNY is a faculty-led effort to build student-faculty solidarity for the budget and contract fights to come because our working conditions are students’ learning conditions. During the week of March 28-April 3, we encourage you to use the resources below to educate your students about the nature of the fiscal crisis, the consequences for education, and alternatives to austerity. Teach CUNY because students, faculty, and staff deserve a better CUNY, not more cuts. Get involved and ask your students to get involved, too.


Teach CUNY at BMCC
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The site provided lesson plans, fact sheets and a host of other resources. It stood as a model for how chapters can engage the issues of the contract/budget campaign. (Check out the site by clicking here.)

Inspired by the BMCC model, the chapter at LaGuardia Community College is planning a Teach CUNY week for the Fall of 2011. Other chapters plan to follow suit, educating faculty, staff and students about the context for the PSC contract negotiations and the budget campaign for CUNY funding. The political and economic setting for both contract and budget organizing is framed by the state and city budgets. Those budgets raise questions about who is taxed and who is cut -- and about the politics of "austerity." The questions of who pays, who sacrifices and who benefits create teachable moments -- and raise the vital organizing question: What we can do about it?

There are other chapter campaigns. Past and present, faculty have organized around campus health and safety issues. NYCCT and HEOs CUNY-wide are engaged in campaigns around workload. (See links below.)

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Teach CUNY at LaGuardia CC

Teach CUNY is a union-led effort to build student-faculty solidarity for the upcoming budget and contract fights because our working conditions are students’ learning conditions.

Teach CUNY at BMCC

The BMCC chapter has created a website as part of its "Teach CUNY" week that provides lesson plans, fact sheets and a host of other resources. It stands as a model for how chapters can engage the issues of the contract/budget campaign.

BMCC Chapter Leads Resistance to NYC Cuts to CUNY Community Colleges

At department meetings in October 2010, BMCC faculty learned of plans to absorb a $2.8 million cut in city funding by cutting course sections and firing perhaps 150 adjunct faculty in the process while increasing class size and the workload borne by faculty and staff.

Bake Sale For Equity at City Tech

Full-time faculty at City Tech are required to teach 24 credit hours per year, while the requirement at other senior colleges is 21. For years CUNY management has said it can’t afford to eliminate this inequity. So on November 4 PSC activists on campus decided to lend a hand – by holding a bake sale. To get involved, contact Bob Cermele at RCermele@citytech.cuny.edu.

Protect the HEO Workweek

HEOs are organizing to ensure that work beyond the contractually mandated 35 hours per week is compensated. Employees in HEO series titles should receive compensatory time for work performed beyond 35 and 40 hours per week. Most employees in the Assistant to HEO title and many in the HE Assistant title are covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act and are therefore entitled to be paid cash at the rate of time-and-a-half for work in excess of 40 hours in a week. To get involved contact PSC Organizer Sarah Hughes at shughes@pscmail.org.