News & Events

The Professional Staff Congress, the trade union of 30,000 faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York, salutes our colleagues of the University and College Union on strike to defend their pensions, and expresses our warm solidarity with their struggle.

A strike is always an expression of courage, and of the conviction that not only are workers worthy of a decent wage and retirement income, but that we must exert union power also for the good of our students and the working class as a whole.

The PSC stands in solidarity with the brave teachers of West Virginia and with our colleagues of the University and College Union currently on strike in the UK to defend their pension. Click here for a statement congratulating the West Virginia teachers on their victory and here for a statement supporting our academic colleagues across the pond.

Students’ right to engage in free speech and participate in self-governance—to decide upon, participate in, and organize the activities of their choosing—is a fundamental right that should not be abridged.

Yet, the CUNY Board of Trustees is considering a proposal to restrict the way student activity fees can be used on all CUNY campuses, effectively diminishing the student role in making funding decisions and eliminating vital services and programs.

President Bowen has sent a letter to the CUNY Board of Trustees to voice the union’s support for a fully open, inclusive process for considering any consequential changes proposed for student activity fees at CUNY. The letter calls on the CUNY Board of Trustees not to diminish CUNY students’ rights and urges the Board to engage with CUNY student groups and student leaders before reshaping the rules for the student activity fee.

Albany, 2/28/18 — More than 500 college students, faculty and staff are in Albany as part of a statewide Higher Education Action Day urging lawmakers to increase state funding for the State University and the City University of New York—SUNY and CUNY. The governor’s Executive Budget holds state spending for SUNY’s and CUNY’s instructional core budgets essentially flat, and increases tuition for students who don’t qualify for the Excelsior Scholarship or other financial aid.

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As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the most dangerous anti-worker case in a generation, working people are taking a stand. Thousands of union members from across the state will take to the streets at 11 a.m. this Saturday, February 24 in Foley Square in Manhattan for a mass demonstration in defense of all working people. We need you in the PSC contingent!

Sign up here to join your PSC colleagues at Foley Square this Saturday. When you do, you will be taking a stand for your own union, your own rights, and for the rights—and needs—of all working people. Our power as workers has always come from mass action: Saturday will give us a chance to make that power visible. The Supreme Court may decide against us in the Janus v. AFSCME case, but it cannot strip us of the power we have when we take a stand together.