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Posts by Francis

April 29, 2024

On the War in Israel and Gaza

Statement on the Encampment at City College, April 25, 2024 Lawful student protests on any CUNY campus should not be met with NYPD arrests, including this week’s demonstration at City College. Administrators at City College and at colleges throughout the country can and must ensure students' safety and prevent harassment…

November 16, 2023

Statement on Cuts to CUNY in the Mayor’s November Budget Modification

It’s confounding to see Mayor Adams, a two-time CUNY graduate who calls himself “the CUNY Mayor”, take a hatchet to the CUNY budget again with this 5% mid-year cut. I guess no one should be surprised because since he took office, Mayor Adams has undermined CUNY at every opportunity, eliminating…

November 9, 2023

PSC CUNY Members Rally for Respect at Bronx Community College

Thursday, November 9th, more than 50 CUNY faculty and staff rallied at Bronx Community College to demand that BCC President Milton Santiago act on local issues and press the CUNY Chancellor in support of the PSC's contract demands.

November 2, 2023

Brooklyn Chapters Demand ‘Treats, Not Tricks’ in the Next Contract and Full Funding of CUNY

On Wednesday, November 1, Professional Staff Congress members and CUNY students gathered with local allies, including Councilmember Lincoln Restler, for a Halloween | Day of the Dead themed rally outside Brooklyn Borough Hall calling for a strong and just union contract and increased funding for the University. Led by the…

October 31, 2023

Statement on Judge Jonathan Lippman’s review of CUNY policies and procedures related to antisemitism and discrimination

The PSC released the following statement in response to Governor Hochul’s announcement that former NYS Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman will conduct an independent review of CUNY policies and procedures related to antisemitism and discrimination: "Antisemitism is repugnant, and is on the rise nationally, as is Islamophobia. We…

August 31, 2023

CUNY Adjuncts Must Be Paid On Time!

President James Davis has written Chancellor Matos Rodríguez to insist that all CUNY adjuncts receive their first paychecks on time. The letter says that late adjunct paychecks are “a recurring, systemic problem that [the chancellor’s]  administration has, to date, failed to remedy.” It calls on the chancellor to fix the…

August 14, 2023

Historic news in our fight to ensure high-quality health coverage for NYC retirees

On Friday, August 11, Justice Lyle Frank issued a ruling in New York State Supreme Court permanently blocking the City from removing retired City workers and their dependents from their current health insurance plans and forcing them either to enroll in the Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan or find their own…

August 8, 2023

Statement of Solidarity with Academic Student Workers at the University of California

The Professional Staff Congress/CUNY stands in solidarity with our fellow unionists in UAW 2865 as they insist that the University of California enforce the hard-fought contract gains ratified by union members this past year: UC must live up to its contractual obligations. Disturbingly, UAW 2865 has reported that the University…

June 29, 2023

Statement on NYC Budget Announcement

James Davis, PSC CUNY President has the following statement about the NYC budget deal just announced: "The Professional Staff Congress and its members are immensely appreciative of the Council's restoration of $32.4 million in CUNY funding, the majority of the Mayor's recent cuts to community college funding. We also celebrate…

June 14, 2023

Statement on Comptroller Brad Lander’s Refusal to Register the Aetna Medicare Advantage contract

We thank Comptroller Brad Lander for exercising the appropriate judgment and fulfilling his charter-mandated duty by refusing to register the Aetna Medicare Advantage contract. The Comptroller is well within his rights to question the City’s authority to force retirees out of traditional Medicare until it has been decided in court.…

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