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Mission

The Professional Staff Congress is the union that represents 30,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York and the CUNY Research Foundation. We are dedicated to advancing the professional lives of our members, enhancing their terms and conditions of employment, and maintaining the strength and educational excellence of the nation’s largest urban public university.

The union negotiates, administers and enforces collective bargaining agreements; protects the rights of staff through the grievance and arbitration process; engages in political activity on behalf of CUNY and its staff and students; and advocates for the interests of the instructional staff in its various forums. It also provides benefits and services to its members through such related organizations as the PSC/CUNY Welfare fund and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).

Affiliates and Partners

American Federation of Teachers represents more higher education workers than any other union. Through the AFT, the PSC is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) includes education unions throughout the state and is a major force in Albany.

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is historically the guardian of academic freedom and tenure.

NYC Central Labor Council (CLC) is the municipal affiliate of the AFL-CIO and represents 1.2 million workers in private and public-sector unions.

Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) represents public-sector workers and negotiates the health insurance for New York City employees.

Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, a grassroots national campaign to support quality higher education.

Working Families Party is a progressive grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor unions.

CUNY Rising Alliance is a a coalition of labor, student, and community organizations organizing to pass the New Deal for CUNY, legislation (S4461A/A5843) that would transform CUNY by setting minimum faculty- and staff-to student ratios, upgrading crumbling university infrastructure, and making CUNY tuition-free.

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