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.
Annual retiree dues are $71.00 for the period September through August. Beginning September 1, 2019, the annual fee will increase to $85 a year ($40 if you are an adjunct retiree). 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 -- walking tours, theater parties, a writing group, a movie group, and more.
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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UPCOMING CHAPTER EVENTS:
- Opening Chapter Meeting for the 2019-20 Academic Year, Sept. 16: Our September chapter meeting on the State of the Union(s) has been moved back a week to Monday, 9/16, to accommodate the schedule of our speakers. Barbara Bowen, PSC President, will speak on the state of the union. Stephanie Luce, professor at the Graduate Center and the Murphy Institute, will join her, speaking on the state of the larger American union movement.
Join us for discussion, light refreshments and the opportunity to renew ties with new, and not-so-new, retiree colleagues. 1 – 3 pm, PSC Union Hall, 61 Broadway, 16th floor.