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Media Coverage (November 2021)

Media Coverage (October 2021)

Media Coverage (September 2021)

This year's enrollment and change period for NYC health insurance and supplemental plans ends November 30. During this period, active employees may change plans and/or add riders to current plans offered by the NYC Health Benefits Program. All changes must be made by contacting CUNY campus benefits officers. Health plan changes requested during the enrollment and change period will be effective January 1, 2022.

PSC President James Davis and PSC Retirees Chapter Chair Bill Friedheim testified today before the NYC Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor about the City’s planned shift of municipal retiree healthcare from Medicare to a privately administered Medicare Advantage plan.

PSC Urges Trustees To Vote For Ambitious University Budget Request

Increases of $416 Million in Operating Aid, $1.25 Billion in Capital Investment Would Begin to Reverse Years of Racialized Austerity

New York, NY - Hundreds of faculty, staff and students rallied in-person at Baruch College and online Monday, October 25 before a CUNY Board of Trustees meeting, urging the Board to approve the CUNY administration’s budget request. The demonstrators also called on Governor Hochul and presumptive Mayor Eric Adams to fully fund the request and put an end to years of disinvestment in CUNY’s mostly Black and Brown, mostly low-income students.

State lawmakers including Senator Andrew Gounardes and Assemblymembers Karines Reyes and Harvey Epstein joined in the chorus of calls - citing CUNY’s proven ability to provide economic mobility and opportunity to low-income and working-class New Yorkers and people of color. The action was organized by the Professional Staff Congress with support from CUNY Rising Alliance groups, including NYPIRG, the CUNY University Student Senate and Young Invincibles.

All but one CUNY Board member voted in favor of the University Budget Request (pg 18) Monday evening. Robert Mujica, CUNY trustee and state budget director appointed by Andrew Cuomo, abstained from the vote.

September 27, 2021

Dear Chancellor Matos Rodríguez, 

September 24, 2021

Dear Teaching Adjuncts, 

The Point:

The PSC is ready to bargain with CUNY about a possible vaccine mandate to protect public health and members’ rights.

The Message:

It is clear that vaccination is the surest way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the lives and health of PSC members and CUNY students. We also know that the COVID vaccines have been proven to reduce the severity of breakthrough infections when they occur.

We want everyone on campus to be vaccinated, but we don’t want that requirement to be imposed on union members without a chance for negotiation over the terms.

Like many unions throughout the country (Washington Post, 9/16), the PSC is willing to negotiate about a possible vaccine mandate. We must protect the health of union members and the community and defend the legal and contractual rights of PSC members. We must also acknowledge and work to allay the concerns that some members have about vaccination.

The science proves that the COVID vaccines are safe and effective. The long history of public health policy shows how vaccine mandates help to end epidemics. But a unilateral mandate that denies CUNY workers a voice and squanders an opportunity to establish trust between CUNY workers and management about our health and safety would be unacceptable.

CUNY colleges facing funding cuts and continuing enrollment declines have laid off or improperly reappointed scores of CUNY adjuncts who were eligible for three-year appointments or reappointments. The details vary from college to college, but the overall effect has been a targeting of some of CUNY’s most experienced adjunct faculty. The PSC has pushed for the proper rehiring of these faculty at the chapter level and in labor-management meetings, at demonstrations, in the press and through the grievance process.

CUNY has finally circulated guidance to college Human Resources offices [link] about paying our long-awaited November 15, 2020 2% contractual raise.

  • October 7, 2021 is the pay date for the lump sum payment of the salary increase retroactive to November 15, 2020 for State-funded employees (Senior Colleges).
  • October 15, 2021 is the pay date for the lump sum payment of the salary increase retroactive to November 15, 2020 for City-funded employees (Community Colleges).

All employees who were eligible for a salary step increase on January 1, 2021 will have that step reflected in their retroactive payment. Employees who were eligible for a salary step increase on July 1, 2021 will have that step reflected in their retroactive payment. CUNY has announced that the November 2021 2% across-the-board raise will be in our paychecks in November 2021, consistent with the contract.

PSC members protested in front of Medgar Evers College on Tuesday, August 31 to call out the college administration for failing to follow its COVID-19 reopening plan and to demand stronger health and safety protocols.

Watch video of the demonstration on Facebook Live.

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