Former Campaigns

Updated: March 29, 2018
Last contract campaign: Rally in front of Chancellor's luxury apartment, 10/01/15.
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Much of our power comes from a mobilized membership and close alliances with our affiliates, students and their communities. Through the agency of an organized membership, the PSC has in the past won key contract provisions (e.g. winning the first paid parental leave benefit for public employees in NY state). Similar -- and sometimes even bigger membership mobilizations and key alliances -- have secured victories beyond the contract. Over the past decade the PSC has:

Beyond the bargaining table, in Albany, at City Hall and in the larger labor and progressive movements, the PSC has contested austerity budgets, advocated for immigrant students, opposed racism, defended academic freedom, moved our national affiliates to oppose an unjust war in Iraq, took principled stands on elections for political office, protected teacher-preparation programs against the testing regime, marched as the largest labor contingent in the massive People’s Climate March in 2014, supported other workers in struggle and on strike – and much more.

Over the years, the PSC has activated thousands of members in campaigns ranging in focus from contract to budget to workload to equity for adjuncts to parental leave – and more. Below is a gallery of photos showcasing the breadth of PSC's work and the level of participation in our campaigns.

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In November 2015, 52 union members were arrested for blocking the entrance of the CUNY Central Office on 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. The civil disobedience took place after a bargaining session where CUNY offered no retroactive raises for four of the years that union members have worked without a contract. CUNY eventually settled the contract with retroactive pay.

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The PSC turned out in force on Sept. 21, 2014 for the People’s Climate March. Hundreds of us joined the estimated 310,000 marchers to demand action from world leaders two days before a U.N. climate summit. The PSC was the largest labor contingent in the march.

Baruch_AHI_Rally_9.26.11_crop.jpgThe PSC organized over a twelve-year period to stabilize healthcare funding for qualifying adjuncts. That meant moving adjunct healthcare from the PSC/CUNY Welfare Fund to the New York City plan. A key point of mobilization was a huge rally both outside and inside a Board of Trustees meeting on September 26, 2011 (see picture above). At that meeting, the B.O.T. agreed to seek city funding for adjnct healthcare. Almost three years later, on July 30, 2014, the PSC, the B.O.T. and the city signed an agreement that regularized health insurance for an important part of the CUNY teaching workforce and contributed to stabilizing the finances of the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund.

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Success! The parental leave campaign mobilized thousands of supporters -- and won! Above: Parents and children who took advantage of the leave benefit at a celebration at the PSC Union Hall, 10/24/09.