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January 13, 2023

Statement on Governor Hochul’s State of the State

We are heartened to see Gov. Hochul commit to continuing implementation of her vision for the transformation of our state’s higher education system in her State of the State policy book. After years of public disinvestment, she committed last year to increase CUNY and SUNY funding by $1.5 billion over…

January 10, 2023

Solidarity With Striking Nurses

PSC members stand in solidarity with the 7,000 striking nurses at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center represented by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA). Striking for patient safety is a bold act of caring, exactly what we would expect from the workers on the front lines…

December 9, 2022

Bronx Rally & Press Conference

PSC members, CUNY students and Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson gathered at Hostos Community College to call for full funding of CUNY and a fair contract. The urged Governor Hochul to increase state funding for CUNY by $428 million and called on City leaders to reject the Mayor's planned mid-year…

December 8, 2022

Urging the City Council to oppose mid-year cuts to Community Colleges

On Thursday, December 8, PSC Secretary Penny Lewis urged the NYC Council to oppose planned mid-year cuts to CUNY Community Colleges at a hearing about Mayor Adams’ November Financial Plan. The hearing was sponsored by the City Council’s Finance Committee, which is chaired by Council Member Justin Brannan. “CUNY’s budget…

December 8, 2022

Remote Work Agreement Extended | More

The PSC has secured agreement from CUNY to extend the Remote Work Agreement through June 30, 2023. This will affect HEOs, CLTs, faculty librarians and others, but I know that all PSC members know about this issue and share in the union’s fight to protect our members’ working conditions and…

November 30, 2022

Calling for increased state funding for mental health services at CUNY

On Wednesday, November 30, PSC President James Davis argued that the material challenges that CUNY students face can take a psychological toll at a hearing examining the Mental health needs of students at institutions of higher education. The hearing, held in Albany, was cosponsored by the New York State Assembly…

November 16, 2022

Solidarity with Striking New School Adjuncts

The Professional Staff Congress, the union representing faculty and staff at the City University of New York, stands in solidarity with the almost 1700 striking adjunct faculty at the New School and their union, A.C.T.-U.A.W. Local 7902. Adjunct faculty are 87% of the New School’s instructional staff. The university cannot operate without…

November 16, 2022

Solidarity with striking UAW Academic Workers at the University of California

The Professional Staff Congress, the union representing over 30,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York, stands with striking UAW Academic Workers at the University of California. Public higher education systems from coast to coast are the engine that promotes social mobility, and the union members are…

November 16, 2022

Bronx Community College Goes Remote Due to Inadequate Heat

“Bronx Community College can't keep the heat working because years of delayed maintenance and underfunding have left CUNY short staffed and unable to keep our buildings in safe, working order. The cold that BCC students, 93% of whom are Black and Latinx, felt in class this week was a chilling…

November 7, 2022

Defend health benefits for NYC employees, retirees

Dear PSC member, I am writing with an update on the struggle to maintain quality, premium-free health care benefits for CUNY employees and retirees, and with an urgent ask of you. What started more than a year ago as a dispute over Medicare Advantage has become a struggle embroiling the…

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