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This is a list of the PSC members who have died during the coronavirus pandemic. The PSC officers, members and staff offer our deepest condolences to their family, colleagues and students.

2>Workers are still on-site

By CLARION STAFF

While CUNY classes shifted to “distance learning” and most other work finally went remote during March, hundreds of essential workers still report to CUNY, even if occasionally. They cut the checks, patrol the campus, clean and maintain the buildings, staff the food pantries and take care of thousands of lab animals. PSC members and other workers who are doing essential work on campus are taking creative measures to keep on-site CUNY services safe, and they are doing whatever they can to reduce the time they spend physically on campus. And outside of CUNY, many CUNY faculty and staff work other jobs where they are doing essential work.

CUNY’s “essential” workers said they are mission-driven, committed to the work they do and the students they serve. Some of these workers spoke to Clarion Associate Editor Shomial Ahmad about the important work they do on campus.

Dear PSC Members,

Yesterday [June 30th] was a shameful day for the CUNY administration. According to the information the union has, the University laid off nearly 3,000 employees and cut 422 from health insurance.

Late last night, the PSC filed a major lawsuit against CUNY seeking an injunction against the layoffs.

Before saying more about the legal action and the union’s collective protest actions ahead, I want to extend deep solidarity to anyone reading this message who has received a notice of non-reappointment. 4,000 of your colleagues in the full-time and part-time staff and faculty immediately signed a petition supporting you, and your union will continue to fight. If you have received a notice of non-reappointment, please let us know right away so PSC staff can be in touch with you. And I urge you to apply immediately for Unemployment Insurance. I also send support to the department chairs who did everything they could to support the adjuncts in their department but were thwarted by central directives.

The layoff crisis the union has been anticipating has begun. It is a crisis for all of us, whether we are full-time or part-time, faculty or staff, because it reveals CUNY management’s willingness to treat employees as disposable and to betray the mission of the University.

It is unconscionable that a public university serving the city’s most vulnerable population would jettison its most vulnerable workers in the middle of a pandemic and a recession. The CUNY administration is exploiting the contingent labor system to make what are expected to be deep cuts in the University’s workforce.

The deadline for informing adjuncts about whether they will be employed next semester is this Tuesday. The PSC has received notice from CUNY that 422 adjuncts currently covered by adjunct health insurance will lose their eligibility for health insurance for the fall 2020 semester as a result of a reduction in hours or a non-reappointment. 422 is a devastating number, but it represents only the adjuncts who are currently on health insurance through the NYC plan and are expected to lose it in the fall. The total number of adjunct layoffs on Tuesday could be hundreds or even thousands more.

Cutting hundreds or thousands of employees is not business as usual. It is an attack on all of us as PSC members and on the students we serve. That’s why we need every member to be part of this fight.

NYC Electeds Urge CUNY Management to Defend CUNY, Not Find Ways to Dismantle it

Legislators and Council Members Speak Out against Planned Layoffs of Adjuncts, Urge Transparency about Use of $132M in Federal Stimulus Money and Requirement to Protect Jobs

New York elected officials, including NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, two borough presidents, the chair of the NYS Senate Finance Committee and the Higher Education Chairs of the NYS Senate and Assembly and the City Council have signed a letter addressed to Chairperson of the CUNY Board of Trustees William C. Thompson, Jr and CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez expressing concern about the University’s plans for mass layoffs of adjunct faculty and staff in the next five days. Sixty-nine lawmakers endorsed the letter, 17 State Senators, 33 Assemblymembers and 15 City Councilmembers.

“New York must not turn its back on CUNY now,” the letter says. “We call on you, as leaders of the City University system, to be a voice against the destruction of CUNY. We ask you to defend
CUNY at this critical moment in history, not find ways to dismantle it.”

Media Coverage (July 2020)

Member-written pieces:

Media Coverage (June 2020)

The PSC office will be closed Friday, June 19 in recognition of the Juneteenth holiday.

Here are some events and resources to celebrate and honor Black freedom and Black resistance:

New York NY Defend Black Lives Vigil, 8PM. RSVP for this in-person event.

Juneteenth Virtual Block Party, 12PM, RSVP for this online event.

The JusticeforGeorgeNYC Instagram account is a source for centralized information and updates on #JusticeForGeorge and #BlackLivesMatter protests and actions in NYC. It has an extensive list of Juneteenth events.

Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List

To: All full-time faculty and teaching adjuncts
From: Renee Lasher (rlasher@pscmail.org)

We wanted you to be aware of the actions we are taking regarding the online teaching training that is being offered during annual leave. This impacts all of our teaching faculty, and we are fighting to protect your rights on two fronts, by making demands directly to CUNY leadership and filing grievances at the college level for violations of multiple provisions of the contract.

CUNY Board Hearing for the People

Speak Your Mind

Friday, June 26 2:30 - 3:30 PM

ON ZOOM: Participants will be emailed the Zoom registration link and instructions the day before the event.

TESTIMONY: The PSC will accept written testimony from any hearing participant who wishes to submit it. A link for written testimony submissions will be made available to participants during the hearing. Oral testimony presented on Zoom will be limited to two-minutes and subject to available time.

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