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The Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, the union that represents the faculty and academic staff at The City University of New York, joins students, faculty and staff colleagues at Brooklyn College and throughout CUNY in denouncing Professor Mitchell Langbert’s disgusting statement that committing sexual assault in high school is a prerequisite for being “a member of the male sex.” Regardless of Professor Langbert’s subsequent claim that his remarks were intended as satire, his advocacy of sexual violence, together with the misogynistic and homophobic views expressed in his blog post on Judge Kavanaugh, are the antithesis of what colleges—and unions—represent. Nevertheless, the PSC vigorously opposes calls for immediate dismissal of Professor Langbert, repugnant as his comments are. Professor Langbert is entitled to the due process protections the PSC has won for every CUNY employee represented by the union. The right to due process offers protection of dissenting and minority positions, no matter how repugnant those positions may be; due process must be upheld in every case if it is to have meaning. The PSC will continue to support the thousands of CUNY faculty, staff and students who work every day to make the university a safe and vibrant institution.
PSC Members March Through Wall Street Calling for Competitive Salaries and Funding for CUNY
Manhattan—Nearly a year after the expiration of their union contract, 600 CUNY faculty and staff marched through the Financial District today to demand public investment in The City University of New York and raises for underpaid faculty and staff. Led by a brass band and carrying lighted signs, hundreds of union members picketed outside the NY Stock Exchange before chanting their way to the investment banking firm of William C. Thompson, chairperson of the CUNY Board of Trustees.
Full-time salaries at CUNY lag thousands of dollars behind those at comparable institutions such as Rutgers and University of Connecticut. The 12,000 adjunct faculty who work at CUNY now teach the majority of courses, but are paid a near-poverty wage despite having PhDs or other advanced degrees. The union has called for an increase in adjunct pay to $7,000 a course, to bring pay at CUNY in line with adjunct pay at Fordham, Penn State and Rutgers.
Media Coverage (October 2018)
- The Chief: CUNY Faculty Prod Trustees to Call For Doubling Pay for 12,000 Adjuncts
- Gothamist: Fixing NYC's Unfair Property Tax System: How Hard Could It Be?
Media Coverage (September 2018)
- The Chief: PSC Goes to Wall Street to Make Its Case for Significant Pay Hikes
- The Indypendent: Gov. Cuomo’s Free College Hustle
- The Ticker: CUNY professors hit with major reduction in teaching hours
- Workers World: A year after Hurricane Maria, people say DECOLONIZE PUERTO RICO!
- The Campus: CUNY Professors March on Wall Street
- City & State: Under attack, unions can’t let others tell their story for them
Media Coverage (August 2018)
- Queens Tribune: Unions Say They Will Survive Janus Ruling
Articles with Photos from the June 27 Protest of the Janus Ruling
- NY 1: Hundreds of people in Foley Square condemn SCOTUS labor union decision
- NY Times: Fresh Proof That Strong Unions Help Reduce Income Inequality
- NY Times: Trump Nominee Is Mastermind of Anti-Union Legal Campaign
- NY Times: Why You Should Care About Unions
- Albany Business Review: Curbs on unions likely to starve activist groups
- Daily News: Janus Decision sparks outrage from New York's unions, demonstrators fill Foley Square to protest ruling
- NY Times: Supreme Court Labor Decision Wasn’t Just a Loss for Unions
- Time: The Supreme Court's Union Fees Decision Could Be a Huge Blow for Democrats
- Delaware County Network: Supreme decision on unions gets mixed reaction in Pa.
- DC 37: Our union, our power
- The Village Voice: City Unions Race to Recruit Members After High Court Ruling
- In These Times: Beware the Janus Fix That Relies Too Much on Bosses
- Getty Images: Union Activists Protest Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME Decision
- The American Prospect: A Union Response to the Supreme Court’s Janus Decision
- Jacobin: Unions Are Political
- CBS News: Commentary: Why #Union should be just the beginning
- Common Dreams: A Dagger in the Heart of Workers and Our Democracy: What's Behind the Janus Court Ruling
- Kings County Politics: NYC unionists march in defiance of the Janus decision
- The Guardian: America’s most insidious union-buster? Its own government
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