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This Week in the PSC (06.03.22): Take the Survey & Write Your Council Member

Jun 08, 2022


5000 PSC members have completed the PSC 2022 Contract Priorities Survey. If you are a dues-paying member and have not filled out and submitted the survey, please check your work email AND your personal email for a message from [email protected] with the subject “Take the PSC Contract Priorities Survey.” It has been sent multiple times, and is being resent again today. Finishing the survey takes less than 15 minutes and will help shape our demands for the next contract. If you don’t find the survey email, check your Junk/Spam/Promotions folder. And if you still can’t find it email [email protected] to request a resend. 



Tell your NYC Council Member to
increase CUNY’s budget by $62.6 million
and support CUNY Reconnect.

The PSC and CUNY Rising Alliance are urging the City Council to reject the Mayor’s planned $14.6 million “Program to Eliminate the Gap” cut to CUNY community colleges and instead fund a $62.6 million platform of investments in quality, access and student support services. This e-letter addressed to your City Council member makes the case for increased City investment in CUNY. Please send your letter now. (If you do not live in the five boroughs, please use the street address of the college where you work to send a letter to the Council member who represents your worksite.) The letter also supports the Council Speaker’s CUNY Reconnect initiative, which would give New Yorkers with some college credits but no diploma a chance to complete their education at CUNY. You can send it as written or edit the letter to tell your own CUNY story.



Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March
on Washington, Saturday, June 18

Sign up by June 10 to Reserve Your Seat on a Bus

PSC members will be among the hundreds of New Yorkers joining people from across the nation to gather in Washington, DC for the June 18th Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers Assembly and Moral March On Washington. Be part of the Poor People’s Campaign, a movement to unite the poor and their moral allies to revive the conscience of this nation!

Saturday, June 18 departure times and locations in New York State are listed here on the sign-up sheet. This is a one-day trip, departing from NYC before 4 AM, returning in the late evening the same day. Meals will be provided. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. A $75 donation to cover the cost of your seat is encouraged, but not required. The campaign has secured funding to cover the cost of bus travel and food for those who need it.



Commemorating Five Decades of the PSC



The PSC turned 50 this year! It was on April 14, 1972 that the Legislative Conference and the United Federation of College Teachers merged to create the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY. We are planning commemorative events to celebrate our indomitable union in the Fall. Until then, you can help our Retirees Chapter and the Clarion observe the PSC’s golden anniversary.


Special Retirees Chapter Meeting

The Retiree Chapter has scheduled a special virtual program (open to all PSC members) to celebrate our 50th Anniversary on Monday, June 6, 1-3PM. The chapter will present a program of archival material, images and speakers that will feature players big and small in our union’s history and an honor roll of our 50-year members. Speakers will include Barbara Bowen, James Davis, Lilia Melani, and Cecelia McCall. RSVP here to receive the Zoom link.

Tell Us If You’re a 50-Year PSC Member

Over 100 PSC-CUNY members have already informed us of their fifty-year status. There are undoubtedly many more. If you have been a member of the PSC from 1972 to 2022 and are not yet listed on the website, email [email protected] with your name and college (or workplace) and the subject line “Fifty Years.” We’ll add your name to the website and include it in the honor roll of fifty-year members at the Retirees chapter’s June 6 celebration.


Share Your Favorite PSC Moment with Clarion

Clarion, the PSC’s award-winning newspaper, is soliciting photos and short write-ups of specific union moments from union members for possible publication. Click here to tell us one of your favorite union moments. The paper is aiming to publish at least two submissions from each decade of the union’s history: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s or 2020s. CUNY has a long, rich history of social justice struggles, but we want union-specific memories. It could be a specific union rally, meeting, event, or a smaller, more personal moment.



Spring 2022 Chapter Elections results

In May, the Elections Committee certified the results of the uncontested 2022 PSC Chapter Elections. Twelve chapters elected chapter officers, delegates, and alternates to the union’s Delegate Assembly in April 2022. Six elected representatives to the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. Newly elected leaders are listed here by campus. The chapter elections were largely uncontested, with the exception of races at BMCC and City Tech. Certification of results from the American Arbitration Association are posted here for BMCC and here for City Tech.  

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