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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…

October 23, 2022

PSC negotiates release of $1.4 million in contractual travel funds

We are pleased to report that the PSC has reached an agreement with CUNY to release $1,397,427 in contractual funds to support our members’ travel to professional meetings and conferences. CUNY will disburse the funds to the colleges in two installments, one on October 15, 2022, another on July 1,…

October 4, 2022

PSC Testimony About Online Education at CUNY

PSC Secretary Penny Lewis testified before the City Council Committee on Higher Education at a September 22nd hearing about online degree programs. In her testimony, Secretary Lewis expressed concerns about the direction that CUNY's expansion of online degree programs is taking. She echoed questions raised by the University Faculty Senate…

August 23, 2022

PSC Members Join Governor Hochul to Tout Part-time TAP

TAP awards between $500 and $5,665 per year are available to low-to-middle income full-time NY students taking 12 or more credits per year.  Before reforms to TAP were enacted along with the State budget for FY 2023, students had to complete two semesters of full-time study to be eligible for…

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