News & Events

By John Tarleton

Cries of “tax the rich” filled the narrow streets of the Financial District late Thursday afternoon as a coalition of student, labor and community groups marched from City Hall to Wall Street. Dozens of PSC members and CUNY students were among the crowd of more than 1,400 protesters who called for higher taxes on the rich and an end to budget cuts that harm ordinary people.

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff from CUNY and SUNY gathered to urge the legislature to restore public funding for higher education.

Critical action on the New York State budget will be taken this week. The State Senate and Assembly will issue their responses to the Governor’s budget—including their positions on whether to raise revenue and whether to accept the Governor’s multi-million dollar cuts to CUNY.

This week is our chance to make sure that the final budget deliberations include at least a discussion of progressive sources of revenue and restoration of CUNY funding. If those positions are not included now, they will not be part of the final budget deliberations.

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With humor and a sharp political bite, Jim Perlstein, co-chair of the PSC Solidarity Committee, addresses thousands of New Yorkers at a 2/26/11 City Hall Park rally in support of Wisconsin trade unionists.

Chanting “We are all Wisconsin”, a crowd of more than 500 people rallied outside Fox News's Midtown headquarters early Tuesday evening to show their support for public workers in Wisconsin.

New York—Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget plan would cripple community colleges at the City University of New York and undermine quality of instruction throughout the university, according to the Professional Staff Congress (PSC/CUNY), the union that represents faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York (CUNY).

On Wednesday, January 26th the PSC bargaining team met with CUNY management to begin negotiating a new successor agreement to the contract that expired on October 19, 2010.

Given the signals of severe budget cuts, wage freezes, tax caps, and other austerity measures coming from the Cuomo Administration, our state affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) has scheduled two important statewide events.

The PSC and CUNY will hold their first bargaining session to discuss the new contract on Wednesday, January 26. The old contract expired on October 20, 2010 but under State law all its protections remain in place.

The Professional Staff Congress and The City University of New York are pleased to announce a three-year pilot program to streamline the selection process and enhance the PSC-CUNY Research Awards. As part of the restructured program, faculty retain responsibility for the selection process; a new category of awards of up to $12,000 has been introduced; and the application deadline has been changed to January 15. In reaching the agreement with the University, the PSC leadership worked closely with the chair of the University Faculty Senate and current members of the University Committee on Research Awards.