UPCOMING EVENTS. Scroll to bottom of this page for details. Next chapter meeting, Monday, June 8th.

RESOURCES: We have begun posting links to resources useful to retirees during the coronavirus crisis. Scroll to the bottom of this page or click this link.

NEWSLETTERS:: The May/June newsletter is available here and the April newsletter here..

Read a letter to the retirees chapter: We are in uncharted waters.

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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.

For more information about the chapter, click any of the following:


The Retiree Chapter has canceled all face-to-face events until further notice. We are scheduling virtual chapter events (using the Zoom platform).

VIRTUAL CHAPTER MEETING, MONDAY AUGUST 31, 1 PM. State of the Union(s). An update in this moment of crisis on thr state of the PSC, the labor movement and CUNY,

Speakers: PSC President Barbara Bowen, Professor Stephanie Luce (Graduate Center/School of Labor and Urban Studies) and three PSC chapter chairs who have been in the trenches during thi risis.


VIRTUAL CHAPTER MEETING, MONDAY, JUNE 8th, 1 PM. Our final chapter meeting of the semester commemorated the 100th anniversary of the nineteenth amendment (women’s suffrage). For those who miised it, click here for a recording (Access Password: 5c$!v.99).

Speaker: Barbara Winslow, a member of the retiree chapter and professor emerita at Brooklyn College, spoke on “Upending the History of Women's Suffrage: Bringing Race, Class and Empire to the Fore.”

A historian of women's activism, Prof. Winslow has authored or edited several books including Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change, Clio in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching U.S. Women's History (co-editor), Reshaping Women's History: Voices of Non-Traditional Women Historians (editor) and Sylvia Pank-hurst: Sexual Politics and Political Activism.

Prof. Winslow prepared a bibliography for this talk on the history of women's suffrage which you can access here.

We also honored three women who are retiring from the PSC staff whose union work has made such a difference over the decades for PSC members – Executive Director Debbie Bell, Membership Director Diana Rosato, and Policy and Research Director, Kate Pfordresher. We’made them honorary members of our chapter.

[If you are a member of the retirees chapter and do not receive an email invitation to this virtual chapter meeting by Friday, June 5, write us at]


We are posting links to resources useful to retirees during the coronavirus crisis. If you have suggested links, email us at

  • Medicare and Coronavirus: Learn how Medicare is addressing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) & what precautionary steps you can take to stay safe & healthy.
  • CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • NPR: Getting Bored? Here's A List Of Free Things That Weren't Free Before Coronavirus
  • WHO: World Health Organization
  • Sign Up for the Monday Alert: The weekly online newsletter of the NY State Alliance for Retired Americans (NYSARA) has invaluable coronavirus related information for seniors.
  • The NY Times and Washington Post are providing free access to their coronavirus reporting and updates. Normally, such access is for subscribers only.
  • The COVID Tracking Project collects information from 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and 5 other US territories to provide the most comprehensive testing data (positive and negative reslts, hospitalizations, deaths).
  • CUNY coronavirus updates.
  • Beethoven's Ninth as You Have Never Heard it Before: The Rotterdam Philharmonic teamed up with a Dutch healthcare provider to film the finale of Beethoven’s 9th with all the musicians playing their parts by video from their homes.. Extraordinary and uplifting.
  • NYSUT WEBINARS FOR RETIREES: Our state affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) offers a series of free, live webinars to help retirees stay engaged, stay healthy, beat loneliness and learn new skills. Beginning April 28 and running through June, the webinars will focus on a range of topics including pensions, cooking, exercise and online security. For a full list and to register, visit