News & Events

The PSC hosted a Ranked Choice Voting 101 Workshop Monday, May 24 that was led by Olivia Brady, a representative of NYC Votes and the Campaign Finance Board. If you missed it, you can watch this video of the presentation, which included voting simulations and a question and answer session.

Dear Colleagues:

Good news about using your accrued annual leave! The PSC and CUNY have reached an agreement that the August 31 deadline to use your annual leave for the current annual leave year will be extended again this year to December 31. Here is the signed agreement.

The standards presented below represent the PSC’s position on the measures that must be in place before the University reopens on a larger scale in the Fall 2021 semester.

CUNY students, faculty and staff are eager to resume working and learning together on campus after a year of isolation—but only if we can do so safely. We are intensely conscious of the value of in-person learning and interaction at CUNY, especially because the communities CUNY serves have been pummeled by deaths from COVID, loss of income, and the intensifying effects of systemic poverty and racism.

But there must be no return without a safe return. As the employer, CUNY has a legal and contractual responsibility to provide a workplace that is free of recognized hazards that could cause serious illness or death. To date, the CUNY administration has failed to provide unified guidance or enforcement of the standards that must be met in order for colleges to reopen more broadly. Instead, responsibility for developing reopening plans has been delegated to the individual colleges, with the result that the University community is faced with a patchwork of plans and uneven enforcement.

Union Demands CUNY Use Federal Stimulus Funds to Help CUNY Recover, Reverse Cuts and Layoffs, Protect Health and Safety

New York—More than 200 faculty, staff and students marched through midtown Wednesday, April 28 with the Professional Staff Congress demanding that CUNY “Free The Funds!” and use the stimulus money Congress allocated to CUNY for pandemic relief.

CUNY colleges have been allocated more than $891 million in federal stimulus funds that can be used for institutional purposes related to the pandemic (see college-by-college allocations). The colleges received additional funds for direct aid to students, a provision the union vigorously supports.

“Congress allocated $891 million in institutional aid to the colleges—not to CUNY central. The CUNY administration must release plans for the colleges to put that money to work to protect the quality of a CUNY education, the health and safety of the CUNY community and the livelihood of CUNY workers during the pandemic. CUNY must reverse the cuts and layoffs of the last year,” said Barbara Bowen, president of the Professional Staff Congress. “With the federal funds addressing emergency needs, the City and State must urgently invest in baseline funding for CUNY. Whether New York generates an inclusive economic recovery depends in large part on whether it invests in CUNY.”

"We fought hard in the American Relief Plan to deliver billions of dollars in critical support for higher education in New York, including to CUNY, an institution I love, because it is a direct investment in a better future for millions of students -- and for America. It is vital that those funds are used to keep education affordable for students and to preserve the quality of education offered, including maintaining and restoring a full amount of the professors and instructors needed to deliver that education. When we were in the depths of the covid crisis, all entities had to tighten their belts, but now that we have delivered this much-deserved and generous aid package we should make every effort to restore operations to optimal levels," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Barbara Bowen, Outgoing PSC President, Named NYSUT Higher Education Member of the Year for 2021

Mike Fabricant, Former PSC Principal Officer and Legislative Representative, Named Higher Education Member of the Year for 2020

Barbara Bowen, a fierce advocate for workers, students and progressive causes, is returning to teaching after more than two decades as president of the Professional Staff Congress representing faculty and academic staff at CUNY. She was honored recently as Higher Education Member of the Year by PSC’s statewide affiliate, NYSUT.

During her 21 years as PSC president, Barbara Bowen has become an influential voice within the labor movement and higher education nationally. She has been an outspoken advocate for a labor movement in service of the entire working class and in opposition to racist austerity.

PSC/CUNY Pre-Retirement Conference on Friday, May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This 3 ½ hour conference will be held as a Zoom webinar. Representatives from the CUNY Benefits Office, NYC Office of Labor Relations and the PSC/CUNY Welfare Fund will present on planning and filing for retirement, retiree health insurance and Welfare Fund benefits.

Please note: This webinar will not include workshops with the pension systems. Information will be provided about how to contact your pension system to learn about your prospective benefits and ensure your records are up to date.

Brooklyn College Professor James Davis To Assume Role As Professional Staff Congress President

After 21 Years of Union Leadership, President Bowen to Return to Teaching at CUNY

CUNY colleges have been allocated $1.5 billion in federal stimulus funds, $891 million of which is available for institutional use. But CUNY’s public reporting shows that only $51 million in institutional funding has been spent so far. Find out how much your college has been allocated here—you may be surprised at the amount.

Tomorrow afternoon PSC members will take to the streets to demand that the CUNY administration free the funds and reverse all of last year’s austerity measures. Join us in a protest march tomorrow, Wednesday, April 28, at 4:00 to free the funds!

The members of the PSC join in relief and somber celebration of today’s guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. We extend our solidarity to the family and community of George Floyd, to the anti-racist activists who held the Minneapolis square where he was murdered for more than a year, to the millions of people who rose up to demand justice, and to the brave witnesses and members of the jury who rendered the verdict. We also renew our commitment to each other and our students in this complicated moment; even the emphatic statement of Chauvin’s guilt cannot undo the trauma of witnessing George Floyd’s murder and recalling all the murders of Black people that did not end in conviction.

Today’s verdict was rendered in a single Minneapolis courtroom, but it would have been impossible without a mass movement. The rising up of millions of Black people, working-class people and their allies around the world, many of whom put their own lives and health at risk to participate, and all of whom built on a centuries-long struggle, made today’s verdict thinkable despite systemic racism. But to make such a verdict routine—and to end the state-sanctioned violence against Black people the case epitomized—will take an even more powerful movement.

It is impossible to underestimate the profound meaning of today’s verdict, in this country founded on genocide and racial violence. But it is a verdict that never should have been in doubt, in a case that never should have happened. The conviction of murderer Derek Chauvin cannot bring justice to George Floyd, nor can it bring justice to Emmett Till, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham or the thousands of other victims of murderous racism. But it can and it does give us hope, as educators, trade unionists and anti-racists, that we will be able to create a world in which Black people and other oppressed people will one day be able to breathe.

April 20, 2021

Momentum for Scott Stringer Grows; CUNY Professors, Staff Endorse Comptroller as Top Choice for NYC Mayor

Using Ranked Choice Voting, Union Ranks Dianne Morales #2 for Mayor

New York—Last night (April 15), the 30,000-member Professional Staff Congress (PSC) announced that Scott Stringer is its top choice for New York City Mayor after a ranked-choice endorsement vote by the union’s Delegate Assembly. The faculty and staff union pointed to Stringer’s advocacy for a free and fully funded CUNY education and his record of support for workers’ rights and progressive causes.

Coming days after the current Comptroller was endorsed by the Working Families Party, the PSC endorsement shows growing momentum for Stringer’s campaign and a further consolidation of support for progressive mayoral candidates

PSC delegates voted to support public education leader and non-profit administrator Dianne Morales as their second-ranked candidate.

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