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The challenges newly hired faculty face can be daunting, but you don’t have to face them alone. Please join us for the PSC’s Junior Faculty Development Day Friday, April 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. It’s a day of workshops and presentations from department chairs, grievance counselors, newly tenured faculty and union officers organized to help you navigate the tenure process and utilize the resources available at CUNY to support your scholarship. The union is here for you.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

 

March 21, 2019

To the Proponents of "7K or Strike":

The misrepresentation of the PSC's position on the question of a strike has to stop. "7K or Strike" is not the position of the union.

Some members who have participated in "7K or Strike" events have done so because they want to open up discussion of whether a strike is the right tactic for this moment, or because they believe they are advancing the union's contract campaign, or simply because they want to show their support for adjuncts. All of these positions are valid. But a relatively small group of "7K or Strike" proponents has attempted to confuse colleagues and the media about the union's position. This letter is addressed to them.

Please let your students know about the following event THIS WEEK: Thursday, 3/21, Patio Room, 1 PM, Higher Education Forum with Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, who both represents Queens College AND is the chairperson of Senate Higher Education Committee. This is THE opportunity for OUR students to give testimony to the senator as negotiations with Governor Andrew Cuomo over financing for CUNY and Queens College take place during the next two weeks.

Protesters at Double-Header Events Demand Contract Funding, Fair Raises and Equity Pay for Adjuncts

New York, NY—Faculty and professional staff of the City University of New York escalated their fight for a fully funded union contract today with double-header rallies outside the Governor’s NYC office and City Hall as City and State elected officials negotiate their budgets. Thirty thousand CUNY academic staff have been working without a new contract for fifteen months; 12,000 are adjunct instructors, who teach the majority of courses but earn a near-poverty wage.

“We’re here to tell Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio that CUNY students deserve better than exploited, underpaid workers in understaffed departments and offices. Albany and City Hall must provide the funding for a fair contract with decent raises for all CUNY workers and $7,000 per course for CUNY adjuncts,” said Barbara Bowen, Ph.D., president of the Professional Staff Congress, the union representing faculty and staff at CUNY.

The PSC is proud to endorse Jumaane Williams for Public Advocate in the February 26, 2019 special election. Jumaane is a graduate of NYC public schools and CUNY He graduated from Brooklyn College with a BA in political science and Masters in urban policy. He was first elected to represent City Council District 45 in Brooklyn in 2009 and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017. Prior to his election, Jumaane served as director of Tenants & Neighbors, a statewide tenants’ rights organization.

PSC To Legislators: Fully Fund CUNY, Fund Competitive Salaries and 7K for Adjuncts

PSC officers were in Albany Monday, January 28 to testify before a joint hearing of the State Senate and Assembly finance committees on the Executive Budget for higher education. PSC President Barbara Bowen, in her testimony, said, “Despite the claims that State funding for higher education has increased, real per-student spending at CUNY senior colleges has gone down...CUNY needs funding to support its current collective bargaining agreement without cannibalizing itself, and it needs funding to support wage justice and educational justice in the next contract.”

To the newly elected legislators, the new Senate majority members, and the long-time supporters of public higher education in the Legislature, Bowen urged: “Make funding for quality public higher education a top priority. Make class size, course availability, teaching conditions and learning conditions as much an issue of economic and racial justice as financial aid…Put your energy, your imaginations, your power behind CUNY’s ability to transform individual lives and lift communities out of poverty.”

The Legislature has achieved an historic victory for higher education students this session, one that has been a longstanding priority for the PSC. As college faculty and staff, PSC members have been proud to teach and mentor—and learn from—the thousands of Dreamers at CUNY. We have seen their courage, their passion for education, their determination to open doors for the next generation that were closed to them. Thank you to the Senate and Assembly majorities for never giving up, for enabling thousands of courageous students, brought to the United States as infants or children, to have a meaningful opportunity for a college education.

Passage of the José Peralta NYS DREAM Act, at the same moment when the administration in Washington is doing its utmost to criminalize young immigrants and violate international law on asylum, sends a strong message about how New York values immigrants and public higher education. We call on New York State to send an equally strong message on New York’s commitment to public higher education through this year’s budget.

The Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the trade union of 30,000 faculty and professional staff at the nation’s largest public urban university, City University of New York, stand in support of our colleagues in the AAUP Wright State University faculty union in their decision to strike to defend union rights and working conditions.

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