The PSC is working with our partners at UFT to bring our demands to the doorstep of Republican Senator Marty Golden of Brooklyn. This Friday at 3:30 PM members of both unions (and coalition partners) will rally across the street from Senator Golden’s office. Join us to show him the voters of NYC will not stand for the budget the Senate has put forward.
Soon New York City will have a mayor and City Council who have pledged to share our vision for a more equitable city. But if we’re going to turn progressive goals into reality, we have to continue the fight. A city where good jobs pay a living wage, the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes and every resident has the opportunity to receive a quality k-16 education is within our sight. To get there we need a grassroots movement that bolsters our newly elected officials and gives us the power to overcome years of austerity politics and opposition from Albany and Wall Street. That movement starts now.
RF Central Office workers demand to be respected as employees and a union. That means good-faith negotiations, equal pay for equal work and higher wages.
The union will deliver a message to the CUNY Board about our priorities for our contract and Pathways at 3:30 on Monday, September 30. When we turned out in force to demand action on adjunct health insurance, the Board responded.
We need to do the same—and more—again. Let us know you’re coming by filling out this web form. Details of the event will follow. If you care about a raise or your teaching load or job security or better working conditions, you should be there.
Rally to Stop Layoffs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center—Thurs., Sept. 12
Too many hospitals in Brooklyn are slated for closure or privatization; vital healthcare services and jobs are on the line, and the community is waging an all-out campaign to fight back. Dozens of employees from SUNY Downstate, members of our sister union, United University Professions, will lose their jobs on Sept. 25, and hundreds more layoffs are expected! A coalition of faith, labor and community organizations has called a rally for SUNY Downstate on Thurs., Sept. 12 from 12-1 PM at the hospital’s 470 Clarkson Ave. entrance. Please be there to show your support and solidarity. Download a flier for the rally here. For text message updates on the campaign, text UPSTATE to 57682.
March with the PSC Saturday, August 24 at the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
The 50th anniversary commemoration will feature a rally at the Lincoln Memorial (starting at 8 AM) followed by a march to the King Memorial.
PSC will provide transportation to Washington D.C. for those members who will travel with the union. Students and friends and family of union members can take a PSC bus to Washington D.C. for a $15 fee. Fill out this form to reserve a spot on the bus.
Please note that we will be departing at 4 AM on Sat., Aug. 24 and that there will be a substantial commute from the bus drop off at RFK stadium and the rally site by the Lincoln Memorial’s Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. (It could be as much as 90 minutes of waiting at Metro stops, subway rides and walking.)
Members who RSVP for the march will be contacted with additional travel details.
Workers at the CUNY Research Foundation’s (RF) central office have to authorize a one-day strike on Monday, July 1. These private-sector workers represented by the PSC voted 89% in favor of the walkout because they want to be respected as employees and as a union. Their management is still calling for unacceptable concessions six months into the negotiation for a contract renewal, and the workers are making a show of strength. Please join them on the picket line.
There are two shifts on Monday: 7:30 AM – 11 AM and 10:30 AM – 2 PM. Sign in at the RF’s main entrance (230 W. 41st Street) when you arrive.
Come support us in saying NO to inadequate pay increases, a big hike in health insurance premiums and a lower tier of pay and benefits for new colleagues.
We demand a fair contract with fair salary increases and equal pay and benefits for equal work.
If you care about getting a raise and a new contract, make sure you attend this rally—and bring a colleague! Mayor Bloomberg has made it clear that he will not approve retroactive pay for City workers and that he means to increase health insurance costs. Neither PSC nor any other public-employee union in NYC has pursued bargaining under those terms. “The rally on June 12th is our chance to make clear collectively to the next Mayor that that position is not acceptable,” said Pres. Barbara Bowen. “The City has had multi-billion-dollars surpluses for several years, and Mayor’s projected budget deficits have not fully materialized.”
The rally is at City Hall Park, next Wed., June 12, from 4-6 PM. Contact Deirdre Brill (firstname.lastname@example.org) to RSVP. Need more reasons to attend? How about proposals to shift health care costs onto workers? Or tabloids casting public servants’ contract demands as an attack on tax-paying New Yorkers? As if CUNY professors, sanitation workers, teachers or firefighters aren’t also taxpayers.
A promotional video for the rally with workers from every sector of the City’s labor movement—including PSC leaders—is now online.
NYSUT will rally for full investment in higher education and against corporate control of public education.