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Bargaining Update 12 | Forum on NY’s Anti-Strike Taylor Law

Mar 08, 2024

At the February 29th bargaining session, PSC marked one year working on an expired contract by introducing eleven new proposals that would make our university stronger and build on progress in previous rounds. 104 members were present to observe the session while hundreds more took part in simultaneous contract actions happening at seventeen CUNY campuses. The PSC’s proposals included expansions of adjunct health insurance and reassigned time, common good demands to help recruit and retain a racially diverse faculty and combat climate change, and more. Management continued to show their detachment from reality. Most egregious were their proposals to undermine HEO and adjunct job security. Read the full update.



Observe a Bargaining Session!


All dues-paying PSC members are welcome to observe a bargaining session after completing an online Orientation to PSC-CUNY Bargaining. If you have not yet attended an Orientation to PSC-CUNY Bargaining on Zoom, your next opportunities will be:



NY’s Anti-Strike Taylor Law Forum
Thursday, March 14, 6:30PM

RVSP for Zoom

This online forum with a panel of experts and leaders will focus on building power in the context of NY’s anti-strike Taylor Law, including discussion of the law and its penalties, challenges to the law, and what it takes to be powerful in a state that outlaws public-sector strikes. Speakers:

  • Bill Herbert is Distinguished Lecturer and Executive Director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, Hunter College, CUNY
  • Joshua Freeman is Distinguished Professor of History at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
  • Jabari Brisport represents New York’s 25th State Senate district. First elected in 2020, he is a UFT member and the first openly gay person of color to serve in the NY State Senate, where he is sponsoring legislation to restore public workers’ right to strike
  • Barbara Bowen, Professor of English at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center, served as President of the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, from 2000-2021, including during the strike authorization vote taken by the PSC in 2016.
  • James Davis, President of the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY and Professor of English at Brooklyn College




March With CUNY Students for A Fully Funded CUNY
Friday, March 15, 11AM


PSC members will join a coalition of student groups to rally and march for higher education funding next Friday, March 15. The annual March in March, led by the CUNY University Student Senate, will begin at 11 AM with a rally and speakers on the steps of City Hall. After the rally, we will march across the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn Borough Hall. Let us know you’ll be there.



HEOs, Full-time CLTs, and Faculty Librarians
Take the Staffing and Workload Survey, Today!

Attention HEOs, full-time CLTs, and faculty librarians! If you have not yet taken the staffing and workload survey, please click here to complete your survey submission as soon as possible. Fill out the survey to help us fight in Albany and at the bargaining table for adequate staffing and better working conditions.



PSC In the News
Adjunct Faculty: The Growing Crisis in Higher Ed


PSC President James Davis was interviewed on City Works TV by journalist Laura Flanders, along with SEIU organizer Anne Balay, about the growing adjunctification of higher education and organizing efforts – watch here.

Published: March 8, 2024 | Last Modified: March 13, 2024

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