News & Events

September 27, 2021

Dear Chancellor Matos Rodríguez, 

September 24, 2021

Dear Teaching Adjuncts, 

The Point:

The PSC is ready to bargain with CUNY about a possible vaccine mandate to protect public health and members’ rights.

The Message:

It is clear that vaccination is the surest way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the lives and health of PSC members and CUNY students. We also know that the COVID vaccines have been proven to reduce the severity of breakthrough infections when they occur.

We want everyone on campus to be vaccinated, but we don’t want that requirement to be imposed on union members without a chance for negotiation over the terms.

Like many unions throughout the country (Washington Post, 9/16), the PSC is willing to negotiate about a possible vaccine mandate. We must protect the health of union members and the community and defend the legal and contractual rights of PSC members. We must also acknowledge and work to allay the concerns that some members have about vaccination.

The science proves that the COVID vaccines are safe and effective. The long history of public health policy shows how vaccine mandates help to end epidemics. But a unilateral mandate that denies CUNY workers a voice and squanders an opportunity to establish trust between CUNY workers and management about our health and safety would be unacceptable.

CUNY colleges facing funding cuts and continuing enrollment declines have laid off or improperly reappointed scores of CUNY adjuncts who were eligible for three-year appointments or reappointments. The details vary from college to college, but the overall effect has been a targeting of some of CUNY’s most experienced adjunct faculty. The PSC has pushed for the proper rehiring of these faculty at the chapter level and in labor-management meetings, at demonstrations, in the press and through the grievance process.

CUNY has finally circulated guidance to college Human Resources offices [link] about paying our long-awaited November 15, 2020 2% contractual raise.

  • October 7, 2021 is the pay date for the lump sum payment of the salary increase retroactive to November 15, 2020 for State-funded employees (Senior Colleges).
  • October 15, 2021 is the pay date for the lump sum payment of the salary increase retroactive to November 15, 2020 for City-funded employees (Community Colleges).

All employees who were eligible for a salary step increase on January 1, 2021 will have that step reflected in their retroactive payment. Employees who were eligible for a salary step increase on July 1, 2021 will have that step reflected in their retroactive payment. CUNY has announced that the November 2021 2% across-the-board raise will be in our paychecks in November 2021, consistent with the contract.

PSC members protested in front of Medgar Evers College on Tuesday, August 31 to call out the college administration for failing to follow its COVID-19 reopening plan and to demand stronger health and safety protocols.

Watch video of the demonstration on Facebook Live.

Members of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) and CUNY students gathered outside Hunter College Thursday, August 26 to demand improvements to the College’s reopening plan, which they say puts students, faculty and staff at risk for potential COVID transmission.

Click here for the Facebook Live video.

Please join us on Tuesday August 24, 10:00 a.m. at CUNY Central (205 E. 42nd St.) for a PSC press conference and safety picket. RSVP here.

We are writing again in response to the message we all received from the Chancellor yesterday. The approach CUNY is taking to reopening is inconsistent and, given the Delta variant, inadequate. We are asking you to contact the Chancellor, the Chief Operating Officer, and your college President THIS WEEKEND. Please tell them to take the actions that we argued for at our meeting with CUNY on August 9:

  • CUNY should recalibrate the pre-semester reopening plan, as Lehman College and Queens College have just done. Until September 14, only those staff who are genuinely critical to regular operations should be asked to report to in-person work. Others should be permitted to continue working remotely.
  • CUNY should permit the conversion of in-person classes to remote through September 14, the deadline for in-person students to upload their proof of vaccination.
  • CUNY should make its mask mandate universal. Colleges should implement a mask mandate that complies fully with CDC guidance, if the University does not.