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Dear Colleagues,

We’ve been in touch about several important matters since taking office at the end of May, from health and safety in reopening, to changes in retiree health insurance, to the city budget and CUNY’s use of federal stimulus funds. If there were ever a time that faculty and staff needed a strong union, that time is now. Together we can generate the solidarity needed to wage important struggles. The Resolution in Support of the Palestinian People passed by the Delegate Assembly on June 10 has emerged as a test of that solidarity for some, and we are hopeful that we can come out of it a stronger union by working together.

8/2/2021

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing with an update on the PSC’s position on CUNY’s current reopening guidance and the Fall semester. The pressure that our members brought to bear around safety in reopening led the administration to postpone the August 2 reopening target to August 16. That was a victory for the union, as it allows for time to conduct necessary campus walkthroughs. During the next two weeks, there are several steps CUNY must take to ensure a safe reopening, which we have communicated to CUNY and outline below.

August 19, 2021

Hello PSC members!

This week, principal officers and other PSCers visited several campuses to welcome returning members and to represent the “Flying Squad” at locations where we had specific concerns. We spoke to scores of members and heard good news and not so good news about occupancy density, ventilation, masking, remote work agreements and testing. We are back in communication with CUNY about things that need immediate attention.

Because of the severity of the Delta variant and because of additional remediation that is necessary in various locations, we have been pressing CUNY to require as few people as possible to return at this time. We have also urged them to allow for a remote start to Fall semester classes.

If you are returning this week or in the near future, please note the measures that are essential for safety in these conditions: masking, distancing, ventilation, cleanliness, signage, and vaccine and testing-related conditions for entry.

Check that ventilation is working or that there is airflow in your workspace. You should observe the spacing of people at six feet, that crowding is avoided, that your space is clean, and that signs are posted to notify people of COVID safety rules. You should observe whether members of the campus community are wearing masks.

On July 29, the Delegate Assembly of the PSC voted to recommend the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the recently bargained RF Field Units contract to the RF Filed Units membership for ratification.

This is the first completely renegotiated contract in the history of the units, since the two previous contracts were extensions of the original. As your elected representatives and full participants in the bargaining process, we present this MOA to you with confidence that the demands were thoroughly prepared, researched, and bargained.

New York — Professional Staff Congress President James Davis released the following statement today after NYS Attorney General Letitia James issued a report finding that Governor Cuomo “engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment under federal and New York State law” and that the culture of the Governor’s executive chamber “contributed to the conditions that allowed the sexual harassment to occur and persist”:

Colleagues,

After weeks of advocacy and public pressure from PSC members, particularly the Health & Safety Watchdogs and local chapters, CUNY management has announced plans to push back the August 2 return to work target to August 16.

Dear Colleagues,

We hope your summer is off to a terrific start. The PSC has been working on a number of fronts, and we’re writing to update you on safety in reopening the campuses and on our delayed 2% raise.

On Wednesday, July 14, the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) voted to sign a contract with the NYC Office of Labor Relations (OLR) to move city retirees, including CUNY retirees, from traditional Medicare with supplemental city insurance to administration by a for-profit Medicare Advantage group plan. Click here for more information.

New York, NY – Only days after announcing the proposed contract, the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) is poised to vote on a measure announced in conjunction with the NYC Office of Labor Relations (OLR) to move more than 250,000 municipal retirees from a traditional Medicare plan administered by the Federal government to a Medicare Advantage plan managed by private companies. The Professional Staff Congress - representing 30,000 faculty and staff at CUNY - urged the MLC to delay the vote scheduled for July 14 and issued the following statement from James Davis, President:

“Our members are deeply troubled by the MLC’s rush to vote on this proposal. Five days is not enough time to consult on such a consequential decision. Although the MLC agreed to work with the City on healthcare savings measures in 2015 and 2018, this vote to seek savings through the retiree medical plan comes at a time when the City can well afford to pursue alternatives. This austerity measure opens the door to further cost-cutting and diminished benefits in future contracts.

We've concluded another year of fighting for a fair and equitable city budget. Thank you to all those who played an important role in advocating on behalf of our union and our students. The City budget for CUNY for Fiscal Year 2022 includes critically needed improvements over the Executive Budget: the Mayor’s $10 million cut to ASAP was eliminated, $6.5 million was allocated for a job training and placement program that will benefit 1,000 CUNY students, and $4 million was set aside for scholarships for Black and low-income CUNY students. Additionally, the Council restored cuts from Fiscal Year 2021 by allocating $1.7 million for remediation programs, $875,000 for food insecurity programs and $600,000 for childcare (an increase from $510,000). The Council also funded other important initiatives, including $4.5 million for CUNY research institutes and $1.5 million for the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. We thank the City Council for funding these programs and congratulate the student and community allies, candidates for City office, and council members who campaigned with the PSC for them. But these programmatic victories are only part of the story.

Unfortunately, the city budget also reduces CUNY's general operating allocation by $67 million, leaving the university to backfill the cut with federal stimulus money. However, the Financial Plan indicates that this cut will not become permanent, and that the city will recommit the $67 million in Fiscal Year 2023.

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