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March 24, 2020

New Definition of Essential Personnel

Good afternoon, Members and Colleagues, I hope you are well. The PSC continues to work to ensure that you are safe on the job, and we have begun to make progress on negotiating some temporary contractual changes to protect our rights during this crisis. I will report on…

March 19, 2020

What to do if you are asked to report to work on campus

If you have been told to report to work on campus or at another CUNY location tomorrow, the PSC offers the following guidance. We are here to support you and protect your legal rights. First, find out if there have been any changes in the status of your…

March 18, 2020

CUNY refuses PSC demand; PSC fights back

This afternoon the PSC leadership met with Chancellor Matos Rodríguez and his senior staff to present the union’s formal demands in response to the coronavirus pandemic. While we reached agreement on some issues and made progress on others, CUNY management refused our first and most important demand: that…

March 18, 2020

Tell your college president to stop putting us in danger

 Lehman, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center have essentially closed operations on site in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, in some cases maintaining only a food pantry. Every CUNY college must now do the same. If the college where you work is still refusing to protect its…

March 17, 2020

Response to Chancellor's March 16 Email

In recent years CUNY has repeatedly been faced with mass emergencies that have required contingency plans, from a terrorist attack to H1N1 flu to a hurricane. Yet CUNY management has developed no contingency plan for a pandemic. CUNY management also declined the PSC’s request to be a partner…

March 16, 2020

Essential Personnel Update

Colleagues: I am writing to clarify the PSC’s position on whether PSC-represented employees should report to work today. The union’s position, consistent with the directive by the governor and with CUNY’s announcement at 7:06 last night, is that no one except previously designated “essential personnel” should work on…

March 16, 2020

Management heard us and put public health first

Dear PSC Members and Colleagues: 4,240 letters were sent this afternoon to Chancellor Matos Rodríguez and Chairperson Thompson calling on them to allow all PSC-represented employees to work remotely, starting tomorrow. The chancellor just made this announcement: “Only CUNY essential personnel should report to work tomorrow, Monday, March…

March 15, 2020

Update on demand to work remotely

Dear Members and Colleagues: As of this morning, the union leadership is in discussion with the CUNY Chancellor in response to our demand that all work by PSC-represented employees be conducted remotely, starting tomorrow.  The discussion has been productive so far, but we do not have resolution yet. …

March 15, 2020

PSC calls for all work to be performed remotely

The letter below was sent on March 14, 2020 to Chancellor Matos Rodríguez. Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez Chancellor, The City University of New York 205 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017 Dear Chancellor Matos Rodríguez: The time has come for all work performed at CUNY to…

March 12, 2020

PSC Response to CUNY Coronavirus Plan

Message from President Bowen March 12, 2020 Dear Colleagues: I am writing to update you on what the union knows so far about the impact of CUNY’s plan in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the actions the PSC is taking in response. More messages will follow as…

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