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November 15: CLT Unity Day Presenting the Unsung Heroes Awards

“Unsung Heroes: Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart”

College Laboratory Technicians (CLTs) are the backbone of CUNY. The pandemic proved our importance and how essential we are to the functioning of CUNY. CLTs are always at the frontlines for the university in our work. There is considerable talent that exists in the CLT titles, and they are the silent workers that get the job done at CUNY without any real recognition. Despite facing many risks and challenges every day in the workplace, CLTs are underpaid and underappreciated. During the pandemic, college administrators recognized the importance and talent that exists in the CLT titles and involved us in campus reopening plans, and in walkthroughs to make sure that campuses are safe for the return of students, faculty, and staff. CLTs are the Unsung Heroes.

Join us on November 15th as we come together for a meet and greet, to celebrate the winners of the Unsung Heroes Award Program (award nominations open until November 6) , and to learn what’s ahead of us in our contract fight.

RSVP to attend CLT Unity Day (held in person and on zoom)

In-person location: PSC Central Office, Union Hall, 25 Broadway, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10004
6:00pm: Doors open with dinner provided
6:30pm: Formal program will begin

Video: The CLT Struggle Summarized in 3 minutes!

Equality for CLTs Resolution

This resolution was presented at the November 19, 2020 DA meeting and passed with 86 delegates voting in favor.

Dignity at Work Policy

The PSC/CUNY CLT Chapter is committed to protecting dignity and respect across the University. This policy aims to promote respect, dignity, safety, and equality in the workplace. Every member of CUNY should be aware that all forms of discrimination, bullying, harassment, victimization, and violence are unacceptable and every member of CUNY has a duty to behave in an acceptable and respectful manner. All members are expected to treat each other with dignity, courtesy and respect at all times. We are fully committed to sustaining a positive and mutually supportive working environment free from harassment, discrimination, bullying, violence, and victimization where members can work together collaboratively and productively together, and where all members are equally valued and respected. (Adopted October 1, 2018)


2023 Contract Bargaining Information

Alan Pearlman Memorial

The PSC’s CLT chapter introduced a memorial at the union’s office for the late Executive Council member Alan Pearlman at its October meeting.

Alan Pearlman, a leader of the union’s College Laboratory Technicians (CLTs) chapter who served on the union’s executive council for six years, died unexpectedly in Spring 2017, leaving behind a legacy of fierce loyalty to the union and his fellow members. Read more here: Clarion Article – “Mourning Pearlman, CLT activist”


HEO/CLT Professional Development Fund

In accordance with the PSC/CUNY collective bargaining agreement, approximately $500,000 per annum is available University-wide to support professional development activities for eligible employees in titles in the College Laboratory Technician series. Learn more at


Know Your Rights. Download the CLT Handbook

Download the CLT Handbook
Download the Adjunct CLT Rights and Benefits Brochure

The current handbook (5th edition) has multiple purposes:

  • To serve as a compendium of College Laboratory Technicians’ rights and responsibilities
  • To familiarize newly appointed CLTs with the procedures for appointment, reappointment, promotion and other contractual protections.
  • To invite CLTs to contact the chapter officers for advice and help.

This handbook is not an official document, but a simplified guide to your contractual rights under the PSC-CUNY agreement as seen by the PSC.

The official documents to consult are the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of CUNY, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the PSC and CUNY (the contract), the written policies of the Board of Trustees, and your college governance document. There are also arbitration awards and grievance decisions in which contractual rights and responsibilities have been delineated.

CLT Archive

Link to archive of past meetings, handouts, and slides from guest speaker presentations

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