Summer Safe and Healthy Workplace Campaign

Updated: July 26, 2021
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This summer, PSC leaders and members are organizing to ensure a safe, gradual reopening of campus facilities. It is CUNY’s job to provide a safe workplace, and it is the union’s job to hold CUNY accountable. Over the past several months, we have developed our capacity to do just that, negotiating pre-occupancy walkthroughs and a remote work agreement, training our colleagues, and formulating safety standards in consultation with experts among our members. This is a key moment for all of us to engage with the union’s safe reopening campaign at your college. Only when we feel secure about our working conditions can we get back to meeting the needs of our amazing students in person.

ACTIONS

 

Put College Presidents on Notice. Send a letter demanding timely COVID safety walkthroughs. Many CUNY college presidents have failed to schedule timely pre-occupancy walkthroughs. The walkthroughs scheduled for next week may be too close to the August 2 reopening. There must be enough time before staff return to workspaces to address any threats to health and safety discovered during the walkthroughs.

Join the PSC's Safe Return Flying Squad.  We're building "flying squads" of activists who will be available to join safe reopening demonstrations beginning on Monday, July 19. Squad members should be prepared to respond quickly during the summer to calls to take part in actions on any campus where administrators have not scheduled pre-occupancy walkthroughs or addressed threats to health and safety that PSC members have identified.

Be Trained to do Health & Safety Walkthroughs. The PSC Environmental Health & Safety Watchdogs have trained 200 PSC members to accompany campus facilities staff and administrators on pre-occupancy walkthroughs to confirm the safety of facilities that are planned for reopening.


 

RESOURCES

HEALTH AND SAFETY CAMPUS COORDINATORS

Jackie Elliot (jelliot@pscmail.org):

  • Brooklyn College 
  • Kingsborough
  • Medgar Evers
  • City Tech 
  • Brooklyn EOC 
  • York 

Joan Greenbaum (joanbaum@ix.netcom.com):

  • Hostos 
  • John Jay
  • LaGuardia
  • Lehman
  • BMCC

Susan Fountain (shfountain@gmail.com):

  • GC (SLU, SPS, McCauley, School of Journalism)
  • CUNY Central Office 
  • City College 
  • Bronx EOC 
  • BCC
  • Guttman
  • Manhattan EOC

Jean Grassman (jean.grassman@yahoo.com):

  • GC (GC, SPH, ASRC) 
  • CSI 
  • Hunter
  • Queens
  • Baruch
  • Queensborough
  • Queens EOC

Brian Graf (bgraf@pscmail.org):

  • HCCS 
  • RF 
  • General Assistance

 

TIMELINE