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June 12, 2023

PSC Response to CUNY Board of Trustees’ Overbroad Description of Hate Speech

Since the first contractual agreement signed by CUNY and Professional Staff Congress in 1973, the preamble has stated, “Whereas, CUNY and the PSC seek to maintain and encourage, in accordance with law, full freedom of inquiry, teaching, research and publication of results, the parties subscribe to Academic Freedom for faculty…

June 6, 2023

Urging Chairman Bill Thompson to get CUNY to the Table

PSC members picketed outside the Wall St office of CUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Thompson on Monday, June 5, and flooded the CUNY leadership with calls telling them to do their jobs and begin bargaining. Our contract expired three months ago, and we first requested bargaining dates six months…

May 25, 2023

Welfare Fund News

At the May 24th meeting of the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Board of Trustees, the trustees clarified that Retirees who are over 65 years of age and otherwise eligible for PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Retiree supplemental benefits will remain eligible for all Fund supplemental benefits if they waive participation in the New York City…

May 25, 2023

Research Foundation Central Office Workers Vote in Favor of Strike Authorization

Almost 80% of PSC members at the CUNY Research Foundation (RF) Central Office have voted in favor of strike authorization  rather than accept management’s offer on their latest contract. 93% of eligible members participated in the vote. The RF, admits they have the money to give our members larger raises--they…

May 22, 2023

Remote Work Extension Agreement

Dear colleagues, I am writing to let you know that the PSC has secured an agreement with CUNY to extend the remote work agreement through June 30th , 2024. This will affect HEOs, CLTs, faculty librarians, and others. All PSC members share in the union’s fight to protect our working…

May 11, 2023

Elected Leaders Join Hundreds of PSC CUNY Members & Students Rallying for Investment in CUNY

  (New York, NY) Hundreds of faculty and staff represented by the Professional Staff Congress, students and CUNY allies joined forces with City Comptroller Brad Lander, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Assembly Member Karines Reyes and members of the New York City Council and New York State Assembly today on…

May 3, 2023

State Budget is A Step Closer to a New Deal for CUNY

By rejecting tuition hikes for in-state undergraduates, increasing the operating budget allocation by more than $100 million, including more than a billion dollars in new capital funding and explicitly committing to funding increases for CUNY for two years, the state has made a long-awaited reinvestment in our great public university.…

April 12, 2023

City Budget Rally

PSC members, students and CUNY allies will rally outside City Hall before the stated meeting of the City Council on Thursday, May 11. By that date, the state budget should be resolved, the Mayor’s Executive Budget will be public and negotiations between the council and the mayor will be ongoing.…

April 4, 2023

Statement on the NYC Council Budget Response

PSC President James Davis released the following statement regarding the NYC Council's response to the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2024 Preliminary Budget:   "We thank the Speaker and the Council for standing strong for CUNY and other institutions on which New Yorkers depend. CUNY enables students to transform themselves economically and…

March 31, 2023

Statement on Mayor Adams’ Decision to Sign New Aetna Medicare Advantage Contract

“Mayor Adams missed an opportunity to honor the City's most essential promise to retirees when he signed the Medicare Advantage contract between the City and Aetna. He had the option to continue traditional Medicare with high quality, premium-free Medicare supplemental insurance (Senior Care), while still saving the City more than…

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