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The retiree’s chapter is enriched by the collective wisdom and experience of 2,800 plus members as teachers, professionals, scholars, learners, trade unionists and citizens of the world. Our goals are to draw on that experience; to strengthen our ties to a university whose curriculum, governance structures and outreach to a diverse student body we helped to build; to integrate our chapter’s activities into that of a progressive academic union; to fashion alliances with other retiree advocacy organizations; and to safeguard and enhance the safety net so vital to us as retirees – Social Security, Medicare and health benefits, pensions and the Welfare Fund. At our monthly meetings we address issues and present speakers on academic, labor, political, cultural and economic topics that reflect these goals and are of interest to our members.

The cover of the booklet published by the Safety Net Working Group.

Annual retiree dues are $71.00 for the period September through August. If you join between October and August your dues will be pro-rated. If you are interested in joining, please call the PSC Membership Department, at 212-354-1252 for a membership application.

The chapter meets the first Monday of every month (October through December and February through May) at 1 pm in the PSC Union Hall, 16th Floor, 61 Broadway. Retirees break bread together at semi-annual luncheons in January and June. In addition, the chapter organizes cultural and social activities -- and even has a branch in Florida.

As a member of the chapter, you will
(1) receive Clarion by mail as well as the chapter's monthly newsletter and
(2) continue eligibility for any benefits that you receive through NYSUT, our state affiliate.

A key initiative for the chapter is its Safety Net Working Group. The group organized successful CUNY-wide forums in 2011 and 2013, made presentations to PSC campus chapters, produced a booklet, Defend and Expand the Safety Net: A Call to Action (see image) and received a $25,000 grant in 2014 from our state affiliate, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), which extended the outreach efforts that the Group had been doing locally to a statewide audience of trade unionists and educators.

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APRIL 2019 CHAPTER ELECTIONS:  In April 2019, 17 PSC chapters will hold elections, including retirees.  Members will elect a Retiree Executive Council for a three-year term – Chapter Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, four Officers At Large, six* Delegates to the PSC DA, five* Alternate Delegates and a Representative to the Welfare Fund Advisory Board.

Here are the dates for declaring candidacy, petitioning and the balloting:

  • 1/11/19 - Deadline for filing Declaration Of Candidacy form
  • 2/1/19 - Pre-printed nominating petitions available
  • 3/4/19 - Nominating petitions due
  • 4/1/19 - ballots mailed
  • 4/30/19 - ballots due
  • 5/1/19 - ballots counted

The PSC constitution stipulates that to vote, one must be a member of the chapter “at least four (4) months prior to the date for the mailing of ballot,” which would be December 3.  Eligibility to run, as determined by the PSC constitution, is open to all members “in good standing of the appropriate chapter for at least one (1) year at the time of nomination to said office,” which in this case means membership as of March 4, 2018.


  • Chapter Meeting, Monday, April 1: Prof. Mike Wallace, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Gotham.
  • Chapter Meeting, Monday, May 6:  We have re-scheduled the snowed out March "Good and Welfare" meeting for May.
  • Save the Date, Annual Spring Luncheon at the CUNY Graduate Center, Monday, June 10: Micheal Menser on the Green New Deal.
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