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Unauthorized Sick-out

Message from PSC President James Davis, Updated May 1, 2024

Dear Colleagues,

On May 1, 2024, a group of PSC members who call themselves “CUNY on Strike” and have renamed themselves “CUNY Out Sick for Palestine” tweeted anonymously that they will proceed with an unauthorized sick-out on May 1, 2024. This coordinated sick-out is not sanctioned by the PSC and the PSC disavows it. “CUNY on Strike” must cease and desist any strike action.

James Davis, President



April 30 Message

Dear Colleagues,

It has come to the attention of the PSC leadership that on April 29, 2024, a group of PSC members attending the CCNY encampment voted anonymously on a plan to participate in a sick-out on May 1, 2024. This coordinated sick-out is not sanctioned by the Professional Staff Congress. The PSC does not condone this action and discourages PSC members from participating. Any collective action taken by the union is handled through our democratic and constitutional processes and carefully considers the legal consequences associated with any action.  

This unauthorized sick-out is considered an illegal work stoppage or strike under the New York State Taylor Law. Participation in an illegal work stoppage poses risks to the entire bargaining unit, as the PSC may be subjected to fines and loss of automatic payroll deduction of membership dues. Participants in work stoppages may also face possible fines, jail time, and potential discipline or termination, as participation in a strike is considered misconduct.  

Some of you may have received emails from other PSC members encouraging you to participate in the unauthorized work stoppage. Official PSC communications are sent either from your Chapter Chair or email addresses that end in @pscmail. Any communications sent from other email addresses are not official PSC communications. The PSC’s statement about the CCNY encampment is here

The union is focused on winning our members a strong contract and making progress at the bargaining table. Actions to support this critical work include attending bargaining sessions and joining colleagues on Thursday, May 2, at 10 am outside of CUNY Central to support job security and a strong contract. 

In solidarity,

James Davis, President

Published: May 1, 2024

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