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April 17, 2024

Coalition of retirees demand stop to privatization of Medicare

A coalition of city retirees has drafted a letter to President Joe Biden calling for the federal government to put a halt to the privatization of Medicare and instead expand the public health program. A dozen of the retirees gathered Friday in front of a Federal Plaza building on Broadway…

April 15, 2024

“The Five Demands” Screening Spotlights SEEK and CUNY Activists

On March 20th in the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library auditorium, QC SEEK screened “The Five Demands” — a documentary about the 1969 student protests at the City College of New York (CCNY) for greater Afro-American and Puerto Rican representation in the student population — and discussed the possibility of the…

April 14, 2024

Columbia and City College hold second environmental justice summit

Columbia and the City College of New York held their second joint Harlem Environmental Justice Summit, drawing students, local nonprofits, and a representative from the New York City Mayor’s administration. The summit included two panels that took place in City College’s North Academic Center and Columbia’s Buell Hall. In between…

April 9, 2024

Statement on Comptroller Brad Lander’s Report

Statement on Comptroller Brad Lander’s Report ‘Spotlight: CUNY and the New York City Economy’ as it Relates to the State and City Budgets James Davis, President, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY The NYC Comptroller’s latest Spotlight report released today, “CUNY and the New York City Economy,” details CUNY’s impressive return on investment…

April 8, 2024

Baruch faculty and students protest budget cuts, bigger classes

Professors, faculty and students gathered in the William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus lobby, and then marched to the William and Anita Newman Library on April 4 for a rally in protest of budget cuts and an increase to the course caps in Weissman School of Arts and Sciences classes.

April 5, 2024

New Bargaining Update | Call the Governor!

Bargaining Updates 13 and 14   The PSC finished presenting our initial demands during the March 22nd and 27th sessions, and on the 27th management put forward a comprehensive offer, including across-the-board raises. CUNY’s salary proposal approximates what other City and State unions received in this round and includes retroactive…

March 25, 2024

Proposed “New Deal for CUNY” Would Make CUNY Free for All

As the New York state budget approaches its approval date in April, the New Deal for CUNY bill is once again thrown into the spotlight. “For decades, CUNY has been underfunded, and I would say intentionally underfunded, in order to starve an institution that provides higher education to mostly working…

March 25, 2024

Professional Staff Congress president talks about contract negotiations

The state budget deadline is quickly approaching. It’s been more than a year since the City University of New York and the union representing its faculty and staff, the Professional Staff Congress, have been tied up in contract negotiations. The two groups have held a total of 13 bargaining sessions,…

March 25, 2024

OP-ED: Behind the Scenes at Higher Education Action Day

On this day, we advocated on behalf of thousands of students. Assembly members and members of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), CUNY Rising, and NYPIRG chapters, gave motivational speeches to students.

March 21, 2024

CUNY union pledges to fight proposed changes that threaten adjunct job security

The union representing more than 11,000 adjuncts at the City University of New York slammed a recent proposal from CUNY management to significantly increase how many semesters adjuncts must teach before they can receive multi-year appointments. Since 2016, CUNY adjuncts have been eligible for three-year appointments if they taught in…

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