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March 2017

President Donald Trump's nomination of conservative judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court raises the near certainty that after his confirmation the Court could quickly overturn a decades-long precedent enabling unions like the PSC to collect agency shop fees. The aim of the so-called "right-to-work" cases is to destroy the political power of public-sector unions and roll back the economic gains they have made.

The controversial secretary of education and her agenda is ripe for resistance.

Citing the mayor's record in bolstering progressive causes and securing more money for CUNY, PSC members overwhelmingly endorsed Bill de Blasio for reelection.

The union has announced important updates on tax refunds for Medicare Part B health coverage. Make sure you are informed.

For years, CLIP and CUNY Start teachers have been advocating for their work to be recognized as more than "part-time." Thanks to their organizing, the instructors now have full-time status with some added job security that comes with that status.

PSC is pressing lawmakers in Albany to ensure that the upcoming state budget includes full funding for CUNY.

From vermin and mold to inadequate resources and outdated facilities, public underfunding hits CUNY hard. PSC members share how it affects their campuses.

For nearly 18 hours, Saira Raifee, a CUNY doctoral student and a PSC member, was detained at Abu Dhabi before she was sent back to Tehran. She was one of the victims of President Trump's travel ban on refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. Here, Raifee shares how immediate union solidarity made her feel not alone, and talks about how progressive movements need to continue to build and "get more organized."

It was a national issue that mobilized City Tech Student Government President Hercules Reid to act. Although he was used to organizing around local issues, he used his contacts on the local level to see how he could help in getting a grad student, left stranded by Trump's travel ban, back home.

Thousands of environmental activists will converge in Washington DC at the end of April, calling for "good jobs, justice for communities and clean energy." Now is an important time to join the movement as President Trump aims to roll back environmental progress.