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March 9, 2023

Unions, lawmakers urge billions more for SUNY and CUNY in budget

Labor unions and several lawmakers are insisting the state invest billions of more dollars in the upcoming budget to support SUNY and CUNY campuses and hospitals, pushing back against the proposed tuition hikes in Gov. Kathy Hochul's proposal. The state teacher's union, United University Professions and CUNY's union rallied with…

March 8, 2023

Who should bear the cost of upgrading SUNY and CUNY? Hochul says students are part of the answer

In recent years, New York’s public colleges, which educate some 600,000 New Yorkers, have suffered a slew of financial problems and declining enrollment, caused in part by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Kathy Hochul has proposed tuition hikes for SUNY and CUNY campuses as a way to mitigate the financial challenges,…

March 7, 2023

CUNY faculty demand raises, work flexibility

City University of New York employees are seeking a new contract with higher pay and more flexibility in their schedules, the president of the union that represents around 30,000 CUNY faculty and staff said Tuesday. As inflation and the cost of living in the city rise, employees are hoping to…

March 6, 2023

Baruch students protest proposed CUNY and SUNY tuition hike

Members of Baruch College’s Undergraduate Student Government organized a protest against Governor Hochul’s proposed 3% tuition increase for CUNY and SUNY schools on Feb. 21. Protestors also called for the passage of the New Deal For CUNY, a bill that would return CUNY’s tuition-free status — which lasted from its…

March 6, 2023

Opinion: New Deal for CUNY must pass this year

As two newly elected representatives of Queens in the New York State Assembly, one of our top legislative priorities was to sign on as cosponsors of the New Deal for CUNY as soon as we could. Why? Because the campuses of the community colleges and the senior colleges of the…

March 3, 2023

New TV Ad Campaign

New PSC – CUNY Rising Ads Urge New Yorkers to Tell Their Electeds: Support the New Deal for CUNY The PSC, in coalition with the CUNY Rising Alliance, launched a digital ad campaign this week calling on New Yorkers to contact their elected officials to support the New Deal…

March 3, 2023

CUNY union demands raises, equity in new contract: Tight fiscal environment

As part of its previous contract, the Professional Staff Congress was able to raise the minimum pay for adjuncts at the City University of New York to $5,500 per course. With that 2019 labor agreement now expired, the union is seeking to build on that progress. The union’s president, James…

March 3, 2023

Hundreds of CUNY Faculty and Staff Rally to Demand New Contract, Real Raises

With their union contract set to expire the next day, almost 500 CUNY faculty and staff rallied outside CUNY’s Midtown headquarters Monday morning to take their demands for a new contract straight to management’s front door. The Professional Staff Congress (PSC) – the union representing 30,000 faculty and staff at…

March 1, 2023

CUNY Union Rallies for New Contract Amid Push for Additional State Budget Investment

City University of New York faculty, staff, and students marched outside CUNY Central headquarters in East Midtown early Monday morning, in a nearly 500 person-strong rally organized by the Professional Staff Congress – the union representing over 30,000 CUNY employees. The rally was scheduled for the eve of the expiration…

February 28, 2023

PSC-CUNY Rallies for Better Working Conditions

The Professional Staff Congress (the union representing faculty members) held a protest outside CUNY Central on Feb 27, the day before their contract expired. The union’s bargaining agenda is taking into consideration the impact that COVID-19 had on union members and students. These include learning to shift modalities from in-person…

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