News & Events

In what may be the most important action in defense of public education and public sector unionism in recent years, the Chicago Teachers Union went out on strike on Monday, September 10th. On Friday, September 7th, the PSC Executive Council passed a resolution in support of the CTU. The August Clarion has an article explaining the issues.

"A victory for the Chicago Teachers Union," the resolution states, " would be a victory for public-sector employees nationally as we struggle to resist the imposition of austerity conditions; a victory for CUNY faculty and staff, as we face a regime of testing and standardization; and a victory for all who oppose the privatization of public resources and the plundering of public assets."

At a time of growing Islamophobia, including NYPD surveillance of Muslim students at CUNY and other universities, this year’s series offers some cinematic representations - from within - of the variety of cultures in which Islam is a significant presence.

Please join your PSC sisters and brothers and their families in the Labor Day March on Saturday, September 8th.

We will gather as a union at 10:45 in front of the Roosevelt Hotel on the north side of East 45th Street between Madison and Vanderbilt. Then we will head over to our place in the staging area, on East 45th Street between 5th and Vanderbilt Avenues at 11:15am.

I appreciate the patience adjuncts have shown as you wait to hear about the future of your health insurance benefit. I can understand how difficult it is to wait for information when your own healthcare is at stake.

Details: meet at 749 East 229th Street between 5:30 - 6:00 PM, Thursday, July 19.

Next Thursday will be the 18th vigil for Ramarley Graham (who was 18 when he was killed). As we build toward the start of the trial for the cop who killed Ramarley, the family and supporters are asking for a big turnout to show the city and the cops that we aren't going to let the matter fade into the background as so often happens.

locked-out-13-183x120.jpgNYC Labor is standing with UWUA 1-2 in their fight with Con-Ed. Join us for a march & mass rally to show solidarity with Con-Ed Workers, Tuesday, July 17th.

March Route

Assemble at the Con Ed HQ picket line at 4 Irving Place at 4:30 pm, then march with locked-out Local 1-2 workers to Union Square for a 5:30 PM rally.

Students protested outside of the meeting as the Board of Trustees voted to increase the pay ranges for top CUNY executives.

The Board of Trustees voted Monday to approve a new set of salary ranges that would dramatically increase the maximum salaries that can be paid to top administrators at CUNY while a group of about 20 student protesters who objected to the potential pay hikes was barred from entering the meeting.

University-wide administrators would receive boosts of up to 41%, while maximum pay for CUNY college presidents was raised by 23% to 29%, depending on the institution.

The Supreme Court is set to rule on the Affordable Care Act this Thursday, and the City’s labor unions and progressive community groups are gearing up for a rapid response, starting with a rally at 5:30 PM this Thursday, June 28 in Foley Square.

PSC members can access this list of labor-friendly candidates for the June 26 Primary Election, endorsed by our statewide affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). The NYSUT endorsements come out of a process that involves the PSC and many other unions. PSC representatives advocated strongly for our choices and in many cases those candidates were endorsed by NYSUT.

See the Congressional primary results for New York State with candidate match-ups for the November election summarized here.

PSC member-activist Michelle Fine, has been honored by the PSC’s statewide affiliate, New York State United Teachers, for her Viewpoint piece “Reclaiming Public Institutions, Our Best Hope for a Vibrant Democracy.” She won first place in the category of Best Opinion Writing.