High-profile suicides in the news are a reminder that rising workloads in the academic sector pose real public and mental health concerns.
For more than a decade, Mike Fabricant has served as a principal officer to the Professional Staff Congress. Fabricant reflects about the union's campaigns, the work to build change together and how the PSC can leverage its power to create a better CUNY.
Andrea Vásquez, PSC's new first vice president, is no stranger to the union and CUNY. Assuming leadership at a critical time, she shares her thoughts on how to build union activism.
PSC members at the Research Foundation are strategizing how to win further gains down the road in an often difficult environment.
For months, CUNY students organized opposing controversial changes to their student activity fees. Because of student pressure from many fronts, the BOT has postponed making changes until the fall semester.
The “maintenance of effort” bill is alive again in Albany. Is the current political climate right for enacting this crucial higher ed funding?
The Supreme Court case could overturn a four-decade precedent and rule that unions can no longer collect fees from non-members who they represent. For months the PSC has been engaged in a membership campaign and ready for a negative decision from the conservative majority high court.
Because of years of organizing, the union was able to break a 30-year stalemate on teaching loads. Sustained union pressure is needed to ensure that the agreement is implemented properly.
The student movement against activity fee reform has forced the CUNY Board of Trustees to relent slightly, but activists still see their rights at risk.
The state's allocation to CUNY was only nominally increased by four percent, but the budget also included pro-labor measures that would help organizing efforts at public unions.