Political Power

PSC-CUNY COPE Megaphone.jpgPSC/CUNY COPE is the PSC’s Committee on Political Education—the political action arm of our union and part of the non-partisan VOTE-COPE program supported by tens of thousands of union members from our state and national affiliates, NYSUT and the AFT. PSC/CUNY COPE contributions are separate from your union dues, and are collected via payroll deduction or personal check.

Fill out this web form to request a copy of the latest PSC/CUNY COPE brochure and a PSC/CUNY COPE enrollment card. We'll put one in the mail right away.

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Decisions made in City Hall, Albany and Washington affect every aspect of our work life, and the progress we’ve made on improving our working conditions and quality of life can only continue if we increase our union’s political influence.

Read more to see how PSC members from across CUNY view COPE as a way to bolster our fight for quality education for CUNY students, better pay, job security, and protection of our pensions and benefits.

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Another City Is Possible!


Click here to volunteer to help elect PSC-endorsed candidates in the Nov. 5 General Election.

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PSC is partnering with other unions and organizations like the Working Families Party to grow the City Council's Progressive Caucus.

PSC is proud to endorse the Progressive Caucus's platform, 13 Bold Progressive Ideas for NYC.

As a union with a commitment to social and educational justice, we applaud the Progressive Caucus for developing a platform that calls for shared prosperity and demands a fair share of taxes from the 1%. No investment is more important than investment in higher education, and the Progressive Caucus platform recognizes that in its commitment to CUNY.

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Use this web form to let us know that you want to participate in an action on your campus during Press the Presidents Week (Oct. 14-Oct. 20). We'll contact you with details.

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The PSC is participating in the AFL-CIO and WFP neighborhood labor outreach. This includes “labor walks” to canvass union members at home for the following candidates in these key races. Please indicate the candidate and campaigns for which you can volunteer. We’ll begin at 9:00 a.m. and be finished between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. (You can leave when you’ve visited everyone on your list.)

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PSC Supports These Candidates for State Office in Contested Primaries

PSC is proud to support Toby Ann Stavisky (left) for re-election to the State Senate. Last April she protested Governor Cuomo’s drive to establish a poorer public pension for new employees—she walked out rather than vote with the Senate Republicans. Here she is meeting with PSC's First VP Steven London and PSC VP of Cross-Campus Units Iris DeLutro.
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UPDATE
In the Thursday, September 13 Primary Election, candidates endorsed by NYSUT and the PSC won races throughout the City. View the list of New York City area State legislative primary results here. PSC focused on supporting Senators Adriano Espaillat, Gustavo Rivera and Toby Stavisky and Assembly Members Rhoda Jacobs, Michael Miller and Naomi Rivera in their contested primaries because of their commitment to CUNY and their opposition to Tier 6, the new state pension plan that has reduced retirement benefits for new public employees. All but Rivera prevailed. We also supported Assembly candidates Nathan Bradley (a challenger in the 55th District) and Luis Sepulveda (running for an open seat in the 87th District). Sepulveda won. Bradley failed to oust Assembly Member William Boyland Jr.

Click "Read more" to see endorsement letters for each candidate from the PSC.

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PSC members were also actively engaged in the endorsement processes for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). Here is the list of candidates for federal office in the New York State endorsed by AFT, NYSUT, WFP and AFL-CIO.

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See the full list of New York City area candidates for State legislative offices endorsed by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), Working Families Party (WFP) and the New York State AFL-CIO is also posted. PSC is affiliated with all three organizations, and our members influenced each of their endorsement processes.

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Our Brooklyn College and Queensborough Community College chapters were honored by NYSUT for their impressive contributions to building the union's collective voice and power. Here Chapter Chairs Alex Vitale (Brooklyn) and Judy Barbanel (QCC) accept the awards on behalf of their chapters.

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