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People’s Budget Rally

PSC members, community groups, and electeds urged the City Council to hold its ground on critical city services, including CUNY.

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PSC members, community groups, and electeds urged the City Council to hold its ground on critical city services, including CUNY, while President Davis stood with Council Members calling for a fully functional education system.

PSC members rallied alongside hundreds of New Yorkers and elected officials at City Hall Thursday, June 20, ahead of an upcoming vote on the FY25 New York City budget. At the rally, advocates called on City Councilmembers to resist the Adams administration’s draconian budget cuts and pass a budget that restores full funding to CUNY community college and truly delivers for New Yorkers.

Mayor Adams has made seven rounds of budget cuts since taking office. He has cut funding to CUNY community colleges by $95 million, leaving the colleges short 400 faculty and staff and students without critical academic and programmatic support.

The People’s Plan (TPP), a coalition of more than 50 organizations, including PSC/CUNY, organized the rally. TPP sent a letter to the New York City Council calling on Councilmembers to tap into additional budget powers if they’re not able to reverse the Mayor’s most harmful budget cuts in negotiations. In addition to an up-or-down vote on the budget, the Council has the power to pass its own budget or amend the Mayor’s. PSC First Vice President Jen Gaboury recently called on the Council to use the same budget powers to save CUNY in an AMNY op-ed.

People’s Budget Rally

PSC Joins the NYC Council in Calling for Full Budget Restoration for Early Childhood Education

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As PSC members and coalition groups rallied for a People’s Budget outside on the steps of City Hall, PSC President James Davis joined members of the Council inside City Hall in the rotunda to demand that the Mayor revers his cuts to the City’s early childhood education systems.

“Those are our families! Those are going to be our students—those little ones—in one generation. And the parents who need 3K, who need PreK, those are our students as well,” Davis said. “We need a fully restored budget for early childhood ed. We need a fully functional education system, a system that meets the needs of working families.”

The PSC and 14 other unions are calling for the restoration of $170 million in Program to Eliminate the Gap cuts to 3-K and Pre-K, and pushing for additional investments, including $60 million to fund 4,000 extended day and extended year seats in 3-K and Pre-K.

May 30, 2024

Union Grievance Wins $1.7 Million for CUNY Adjuncts and Instructional Staff

More than 4,300 adjuncts and other instructional staff represented by the PSC will receive a combined payout of more than $1.7 million dollars under the terms of a new settlement agreement signed by President Davis on Wednesday, May 22. The settlement stems from college and CUNY-wide grievances filed by the…

May 21, 2024

No Business As Usual for CUNY Management and the Board of Trustees

An 11th hour location change from Midtown to the Bronx didn’t stop over 140 PSC members from disrupting business as usual at the CUNY Board of Trustees meeting this Monday, May 20th at Bronx Community College. We’ve worked 15 months without a new contract and have resisted management attacks on…

May 6, 2024

Drop the Charges Against the CUNY Students and Employees Arrested at CCNY the Night of April 30

The Professional Staff Congress calls on the CUNY Chancellor to urge the District Attorney to drop the charges against the CUNY students and employees arrested the night of April 30 during the NYPD sweep of the CCNY Gaza Solidarity Encampment. Such demonstrations for Palestinian solidarity and divestment from Israel have…

May 1, 2024

Arrests at City College

Today is the first day back on campus for many of us after a spring recess that coincided with an escalation of student protest at home and nationwide. The PSC condemns in the strongest possible terms the militarized policing of campuses that is taking place across the country and in…

May 1, 2024

Unauthorized Sick-out

Dear Colleagues, On May 1, 2024, a group of PSC members who call themselves “CUNY on Strike” and have renamed themselves “CUNY Out Sick for Palestine” tweeted anonymously that they will proceed with an unauthorized sick-out on May 1, 2024. This coordinated sick-out is not sanctioned by the PSC and…

April 25, 2024

State Budget Results

Thanks to your last minute phone calls, activism, and support, we’ve closed the state budget fight in a stronger position than expected only a week ago. As it became clear that the Governor would prevail in her refusal to raise taxes on large corporations and ultra-wealthy New Yorkers, the outlook…

April 25, 2024

Statement on  Mayor Adams’s Executive Budget

Mayor Eric Adams released his Executive Budget for FY2025 on Wednesday, April 24, 2024.  PSC President James Davis released the following statement: "Mayor Adams’s Executive Budget does nothing to restore the $94 million in cuts that CUNY’s community colleges have endured since the start of his tenure. Enrollment continues to…

April 22, 2024

Statement on the Arrest of Students Demonstrating at Columbia University

The Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, the union representing 30,000 City University of New York employees, joins fellow unionists and academics in condemning the recent actions of Columbia University administration to suppress student protest on April 18. The Columbia University AAUP chapter has rightly objected to their administration’s conduct before Congress and…

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