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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 o $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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CHAPTER MEETING, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4. Resurgence of Labor? Is U.S. labor at an existential moment of resurgence?


  • Michelle Chen is a contributing writer at The Nation and In These Times, a contributing editor at Dissent and co-producer of the bi-weekly podcast "Belabored." She teaches courses on labor and media at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.
  • Labor Historian and Distinguished Professor Joshua Freeman (Graduate Center and Queens College) has published widely on labor and is the author of, among others, Behemoth and Working-Class New York.
  • Professor Lois Weiner (New Jersey City University) is the author of The Future of Our Schools: Teachers Unions and Social Justice and a regular contributor on labor and education to Jacobin Magazine.

Join new and old colleagues in the 16th floor Union Hall of the PSC at 61 Broadway (just below Wall and Rector Streets) 1 – 3 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

CHAPTER MEETING, MONDAY, DECEMBER 2. Good and Welfare. Donna Costa, executive director of the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund, and Patrick Smith, its communications director, will present the latest on Welfare Fund benefits and take questions. Connie Gemson a long-time advocate on issues of senior healthcare and a member of the chapter's executive committee, will speak on “How to Be an Eldercare Advocate.”

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.

AND SAVE THIS DATE: Monday, January 13th. Our annual winter luncheon speaker will be Eric Alterman, Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism, Brooklyn College and the “Liberal Media” columnist for The Nation. He'll speak on the imperial Presidency, the decades long swing of federal power from the legislative to the executive branch and how this comes to a head with the current impeachment crisis. Time and place TBA.